Charco del Ingenio presents bird guide

By Jade Arroyo

Our nature reserve and botanical garden, El Charco del Ingenio, proudly presented the publication Guía de Aves (Guide to Birds), a book about the resident and migratory birds that can be seen at this extraordinary place. The book presentation was held at the Cultural Center “El Nigromante” by directors of el Charco del Ingenio, the Ecology Institute of Guanajuato and the SEMARNAT.

This book is a joint effort by members of El Charco and the Ecology Institute. The Charco staff, photographers and design team came together to create the book from different locations: the text is by biology director Landy Orozco in San Miguel; 95 percent of the photography are made by Susan and Wayne Colony, who is from Canada, and the editorial design (including maps)are made by Marlene Parra, who worked from Belgium.

The Charco has published other books on native plants, succulents and cactus, and this is their first publication on animals. Because of the diverse microclimates at el Charco the book includes a great diversity of birds.

The book features 159 different species, which are listed by official names in Spanish, scientific and English names, so everyone can recognize them. According to Orozco, this book is accessible to all, not just experts, and enriches the bird-watching experience. She also mentioned the importance of having a document cataloging the species at el Charco. “If you don’t know what you have, how are you supposed to care for it?” she asked.

César Arias, director of El Charco, said: “For us this is a great celebration of our natural heritage. Part of our work is environmental education, to build a culture of protecting nature.” Ana Carme Agular, director of Ecology, said, “This is a clear example that if we are organized we can make a change.”

The Guía de Aves (currently only in Spanish) is available at the front desk at the botanical garden and costs 300 pesos. All income will go toward sustaining el Charco and its projects.


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