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MAY 2016

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Continued from page 22 24 Birder's Guide to Conservation & Community | May 2016 Northern Mexico of the social challenges that the commu- nity faces, this project has found creative solutions that lead to conservation of birds and habitats. How Can You Support These Efforts? One of the best ways birders can support and encourage community-based con- servation in northern Mexico is by going there, hiring a local guide, and supporting locally-owned businesses. Check out the Sonoran Joint Venture's "Mexico Birding Trail" to learn more about the birds and conservation issues in the Álamos region and elsewhere in northwest Mexico, plan an itinerary for a trip, and connect with local guides at mexicobirdingtrail.org and facebook.com/MexicoBirdingTrail. Volunteering for Christmas Bird Counts or Breeding Bird Surveys is another way to contribute. For example, Reserva Monte Mojino does a Christmas Bird Count every year and is expanding monitoring efforts throughout the year, which offer many op- portunities to get involved. You can get in touch via its website: natureandculture.org/ mexico Since that frst visit to Álamos, I have returned multiple times. And, yes, I even - tually got to experience the heat and hu- midity of the Álamos summer in its full glory—hot and humid—but the birds were still spectacular. It's been interesting to watch events unfold, from the initial idea of training bird guides to the trans- formation of participants in those frst workshops into skilled feld biologists and conservation leaders. It goes to show: A small drop can have a huge ripple effect, especially when conservation comes from the community. Acknowledgments Thanks to Jennifer MacKay and Lydia Lozano of Nature and Culture Inter- national/Reserva Monte Mojino and Mary Gustafson for helpful input and sugges- tions to improve this article. participated in the activities. Many had never been to this area, even though it is only 12 miles from town. Family participation made the reserve's education impact even stronger and increased attendance at other outreach events for the wider community. Education is a vital part of con- servation, and the reserve has sup- ported efforts to improve access to education for El Sabinito Sur resi- dents. For example, a staff mem- ber—together with community members—organized a fundraising drive to overhaul the local kinder- garten building. It was a small, tin- roof shack sided with pine shakes and chicken wire that was hot in the summer, cold in winter, and fooded when it rained. The drive quickly secured enough money to pur- chase building materials and educational supplies. According to the latest update, "The structure will be made in the tradi - tional style of the region—with local, sus- tainable adobe and wood. It will be cool and dry in the summer and warm in the winter. And it will have big windows look - ing out on the beautiful tropical dry for- est in their backyard. The children in this community are the future guardians of the tropical dry forest on their doorstep. Let's give them a place to start their education!" The reserve has been so successful be- cause of community involvement at many different levels. From hiring local residents to work in the reserve to addressing some Top to bottom: n Purplish-backed Jay. Photo © René Valdés n Reserve staff teaching youngsters about birds in Álamos. Photo © Lourdes María Alcantar n Eared Quetzal. Photo © Michael Retter

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