Veracruz River of Raptors

Zoom presentation Wednesday, 21st February 2024

Group of Swainson’s Hawks: photo by Perla Torres

Reminder for BCFO members: The next in our very popular series of birding presentations will take place on Wednesday, February 21st. Please join Zinthia López-Vázquez and Pilar González  for this presentation titled: Veracruz, Mexico: sky in motion, raptors in migration.

The migratory phenomenon in Veracruz, Mexico has amazed birders around the world for the past three decades, since Mexican biologists began the journey to understand, document and conserve the world’s most abundant migratory corridor. During our talk, we will address some of the reasons why Veracruz witnesses the passage of more than 4.5 million migratory raptors each autumn season, as well as the important work that various institutions and individuals have done over the years to continue understanding and promoting a site with multiple potentialities, and an equal number of challenges.

River of Raptors Counter: photo by Zinthia López-Vázquez

Zinthia López-Vázquez is a biologist, specialist in environmental education and she is a birdwatcher. In 2017 she was invited for the first time to the project that would change her life, the Veracruz River of Raptors, which led her to integrate other interests, such as working more closely with communities and integrating tourism as a sustainable alternative. She holds a Master’s degree in Science for Development, Sustainability and Tourism. She has worked in different civil organizations focused on conservation, environmental education and community development in Mexico. She is a founding member and was the first president of Amazilias, female birdwatchers network woman in Mexico and currently provides consultancy services for socio-environmental projects, creates tourism products focused on birdwatching and works on Ocean Connectors, an environmental education programme focused on migratory marine life that visits more than 90 groups of public elementary school students in 17 communities in two municipalities in the state of Nayarit, Mexico. She is also a field guide for birdwatchers in Jalisco, Nayarit and Veracruz, Mexico.

Pilar González is a marine biologist and bilingual nature tourism guide. who started her passion for wild animals when she was a little girl. After she finished college, she discovered a great bird migration that was occurring in her homeplace, and, actually, it is the largest migration of birds on the planet. She had the opportunity to apply to the project called “Veracruz Río de Rapaces” after just finishing school and she joined it for the first time as an intern during the fall of 2010. Next year she collaborated as a counting assistant and then as an accountant, and volunteered in the banding station, participating in the project for 8 seasons to date. Internationally, Pilar has been part of scientific banding teams at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Costa Rica Bird Observatory, and in Honduras. Since 2020 her career has been focused on tourism, as a tourist guide. She also led tours in the Mexican Caribbean for the whale shark for two seasons and now is a whale watching tours guide and swimming with dolphins in wildlife in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Mississippi Kite: photo by Eli Gross

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