Audubon de México Celebrates 50 Years

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By April Gaydos

Audubon de México is celebrating its 50th anniversary in San Miguel with special events to commemorate this remarkable milestone.

Coming up on November 11th is Revolución Verde, a grand fiesta and fundraising event, taking place within the beautiful setting of the historic La Troje at Los Senderos. We promise this will be an event you won’t want to miss, so purchase your tickets early!

We kicked off our 50th year with a garden party and dedication at Audubon’s pollinator habitat and demonstration garden at Parque Juárez on October 4. Audubon members and garden supporters toured the garden and raised a glass as Ricardo Vidargas, the grandson of Audubon de México’s founder, Lillian Birkenstein, helped to cut the ribbon.

The garden was originally started by children in Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza program in 2015. Imagine 90 kids planting 120 plants in just a few hours! It was quite a day. Phase two, “The Big Dig,” took place in the spring of 2016, with 30 volunteers adding plants to the garden. In June 2017, with the Municipal Government’s blessing, the garden doubled in size during “The Big Dig II.” Over 50 people pitched in to plant more than 230 plants. Our dedicated cadre of volunteer gardeners continued to fill in the garden, resulting in the completion of five separate demonstration garden beds: a bee garden, a butterfly garden, a Monarch butterfly waystation, a hummingbird succulent garden, and a shade garden.

The plants, purchased with generous help from Franke’s Vivero, membership donations, and the Garden Club of San Miguel, include many varieties of salvia, lantana, milkweed, and succulents that rely upon pollinators for their survival and provide the nutritious nectar that our pollinators need to thrive. Our goal is to showcase the variety of beautiful and beneficial plants that are available locally to inspire people to create pollinator habitat in their own gardens, patios, rooftops, or containers.

Audubon volunteers, who meet each Thursday morning at 9:30, take care of planning, pruning, weeding, and planting the garden. “It’s a labor of love” says Pam Knoles, who has been tending the garden since 2015. “The garden has become a little oasis within Parque Juárez, where you can observe nature and enjoy its beauty and colors. It’s full of life, but at the same time it is so serene.”

To complete the garden, Audubon is raising funds for interpretive signage and benches. If you would like to donate, you can do so online at www.audubonmex.org or make arrangements through audubondemexico@gmail.com.

We invite you to come visit the garden. You’ll find it near the palapa and new peace monument, or simply follow the butterflies.

We invite you also to join us for our gala Revolución Verde event, an evening inspired by the legendary revolutionaries who led Mexico’s Cultural Revolution through their ideas and ideals (and knew how to throw a good party, too.)

Proceeds benefit Audubon’s Niños y Naturaleza program: Inspiring small hearts to grow big enough to change the world.

For more information and to purchase tickets online visit audubonmex.org or Camino Silvestre stores at Zacateros 46 and Correo 43.

 

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