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Chiapas Birding and Photo Festival


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Conferences, Bird Watching, Hiking in Natural Protected Areas.

Protagonist bird: Garza Agami.


Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas.


From February 28 to March 1

Ángel Albino Corzo International Airport

Address: Km 12.48, Road Section Vergel Aeropuerto S/N, 29176 Francisco Sarabia, Chiapas.

Tuxtla Gutiérrez is approximately 35 minutes away.



Agami: “Queen of the Mangrove" - An exploration of birdwatching and conservation efforts for the Agami Heron (Agamia agami) and its habitat.

Panelist: Community Monitor Pablo Valdovinos and Representative of La Encrucijada Biosphere Reserve.
Biologist Daniel Pineda Vera - Heliomaster, Birdwatchers Group.

Photographic Exhibition: "The Desert of Solitude"

By Jorge Silva - SCLC,Chiapas.

MODULE I - Ethics and Responsibility in Birdwatching.

Talk: Biological Monitoring and Birdwatching

By Rafael Calderón, Mexico City.

Talk: Birdwatching with a Cause, an Opportunity for NGOs and Ecosystems

By Kashmir Wolf Roque, Kash - Veracruz

Master Conference: Partners in Flight: Conservation Without Borders

By Edwin Juárez - Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

"Ecuador, Land of Hummingbirds!"

By Xavier Muñoz, Neblina Forest, - Quito, Ecuado

Cultural Intervention . "Birds of Paper and Sky," An artistic exploration of stories and music inspired by birdwatching

By Lidia Zaragoza - Mexico City.

MODULE II - Use of technological tools.

Talk: The step by step guide to get started in bird photography

By Rubén Martínez Rodriguez - Mexico City.

Talk: Participatory Science: A Pathway to Bird Conservation

By Pamela García - Mexico City.

Talk: "The Desert of Solitude"

By Jorge Silva - SCLC, Chiapas.

MODULE III - Community Management and Birdwatching Utilization.

Talk: "Gateway to the Mountains”: 12 Years of Community Birdwatching in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas

By Miguel Méndez - Chiapas.

Talk: Birdwatching in Nuevo León: Challenges and Expectations

By Marilyn Castillo Muñoz and Leonardo Guzmán Hernández - Monterrey, Nuevo León

Talk: "The King Vulture," a Mythical Bird to Boost Birdwatching in Chiapas

By Alan Monroy-Ojeda - Xalapa, Veracruz.

Documentary: Screening of the documentary "Cult of Natural History of Mexico"

By Miguel Ángel Sicilia - Mérida, Yucatán.

Documentary: The Birders

By Diego Calderón Franco - Medellín, Colombia

"The Council of Herons: Wetland and Forest Birds"

By Alberto Lobato - Xalapa, Veracruz.

MODULE IV - Birdwatching as a Bridge Between Conservation and Development.

Talk: "Parrots, Parakeets, and Macaws Conversation... Why Should They Matter?"

By Claudia Macías - Chiapas

Talk: Haystacking in "El Triunfo", quetzal and pavón monitoring

By Ismael Galvez Galvez Better known as "Halcón Peregrino"

Mater Conference: "Step Out for Birdwatching," an Environmental Education Program for Children with Emphasis on Birds

By Waldemar Santamaria Rivero - Mérida, Yucatán

MODULE V - Strategies for Birdwatching Utilization.

Talk: Ocean Connectors - A Success Story

By María Hernández - Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

Talk: Promoting Community Participation in Bird Monitoring and Sustainable Water Management: Experiences from Jalisco, Mexico

By Sarahy Contreras Martínez - Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Master Conference: Pajareando con FARC

By Diego Calderón Franco - Medellín, Colombia


Bird Watching, Hiking in Natural Protected Areas.



  • Birding is a form of nature observation but dedicated to birds. In its basic form, birding consists of going outdoors to enjoy watching and also enjoy birdsong. Some consider birding a hobby, others a scientific sport, and still others a passion.

  • Of the 1,093 species of birds found in Mexico, Chiapas registers 659 species, which represents 60% of the total in the country.

  • Quetzal: Currently it is also a very venerated bird for its beauty and peculiarity, its plumage is iridescent green, with reflections of golden colors.
    Pavón: They are characterized by having a red projection or "horn" on their heads.
    Agami Heron: It is very elegant and beautiful and has been considered one of the most beautiful herons in the world.
    Roseate Warbler: The plumage of the adult bird is mainly red, with a silvery-pink head and breast.
    Cotinga azuleja: Unobtrusive and rather thick canopy bird in the humid lowland rainforest.

  • Plant native species, take care of the environment, make sure to hire community/specialized guides to generate economic benefits in the host communities.

  • Quetzal
    Squirrel Cuckoo
    Roseate spoonbill
    Azuleja cotinga

  • Currently, the Program for the Conservation of Chiapas Psitacidae has been implemented. It is relevant to mention that this group is one of the most threatened in the country due to illegal trafficking, since all Mexican species are in some category of risk, so society can be a key player in the preservation of species to maintain a healthy balance in the biodiversity of Chiapas.


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Boulevard Andrés Serra Rojas No. 1090, Torre Chiapas Building, Level 05, Paso Limón ZIP code 29045. Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México.
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