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January 18 Audubon Birdwalk along the Río Laja


By Signe Hammer, photo by Wayne Colony With leaders Luke Rich, Norman Besman, Signe Hammer, and Mike Wheatcroft, we’ll head to the bridge over the Rio Laja at Montecillo de Nieto, just past the back road into Atontonilco. From the bridge and along the banks of the river, we’ll look for birds that flourish in [...]

Birding by Colors


By April Gaydos Birds play many important roles in our environment: pollinating plants, controlling insects, dispersing seeds, and recycling nutrients back into the earth. Their changing patterns of migration and population can tell us about the effects of climate change, water quality, and changes to the landscape that affect not only birds, but people and [...]

Next Audubon Birdwalk at El Charco del Ingenio

Green-winged Teal, photo by Wayne Colony

By Signe Hammer   Audubon’s December birdwalk is on the 21st, the day after tomorrow. With leaders Bob Graham, Luke Rich, Norman Besman, Mike Wheatcroft, and Signe Hammer, we’ll head to El Charco del Ingenio, our beautiful botanical garden, to see wintering ducks, waders, and songbirds. With all the rain, the presa is full. We’ll [...]

Mexican Proposal for Climate Change

The same plantation nowadays

By Bárbara Macías Casa y Acequia, AC is a non-profit organization mandated to prevent climate change through the propagation of cacti and agave orchards and on-going training in food self-sufficiency, herbal medicine, and sustainable practice. Bazaar To benefit Casa y Acequia, AC Sat and Sun, Dec 20 and 21, 10am-5pm Plaza of San Antonio Church [...]

The Danger of Corporate Processed Foods

By Jock Ferguson Corporate industrial processed foods are now known to be causing serious health problems around the world. Many of these industrial processed foods secretly have a low-level of needed nutrients and highly toxic GMO ingredients. Is the reality of what is in corporate processed foods ever publicly disclosed? Never! Food corporations use suspect [...]

The Monarchs: “Butterflies Without Borders”


By April Gaydos Like many Canadian and Americans do each fall, monarch butterflies abandon their northern homes and head south. For some Monarchs this journey spans much of North America, involving thousands of miles under perilous conditions. Their final destination is the Sierra de Angangueo Mountains in Michoacán, only a half-day’s drive south of San [...]

Small Farmers: The Key to Reversing Climate Change

Small farmers- the key to reversing climate change

By Pilar Quintanilla Martínez Despite repeated warnings from the international scientific community, and lofty goals set by industry and government alike, there has been little progress made in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  We believe it is time to change the global narrative and support the growing grassroots network of organic regenerative [...]

Counting Birds for Christmas: Audubon Revives the San Miguel Christmas Bird Count

Observando aves desde el kayak

By Signe Hammer, photo by Bob Graham People used to shoot birds at Christmas; the person who shot the most birds won. Now, we count live birds instead. Every year, from mid-December to early January, teams of birders in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Central and South America fan out to count, in a single [...]

Third Ecological Children and Youth Fair “Guardians of Nature”

By Alexa Fullerton and Sylvia van Dijk PEASMA (Environmental Education Program San Miguel de Allende) has been working for the past eight years in the public schools in the municipality. Environmental education is a process of cultural change in which habits and beliefs are redirected according to new information available, which is then made accessible [...]

Tejocote, un aliado en el invierno


Green San Miguel Por Pilar Quintanilla Martínez Aunque es pequeño y de aspecto sencillo, el tejocote es importante por su aporte a la nutrición y salud humana. Se  emplea  tradicionalmente en miles de hogares mexicanos durante las fiestas navideñas, ya sea para elaborar ponche, jaleas y postres o para llenar la tradicional piñata que une [...]

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