The 2024 Vallarta Bird Festival is coming up on Sunday, February 25th, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Held at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, this festival celebrates the rich variety of birds and nature found in Mexico, particularly in Puerto Vallarta, Cabo Corrientes, and Bahía de Banderas.
To spark awareness for birds and nature and to inspire people to act to conserve birds and nature for their abilities to enrich our lives.
The Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival is a registered, non-profit, public-benefit Mexican Corporation that is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors and Officers. All of our work is funded by private donations and the money we raise from our annual festival.
In 2012, a small group of birdwatchers and nature lovers got together in Puerto Vallarta to find ways to raise awareness and appreciation for the unparalleled natural resources in the Bay of Banderas and surrounding Cabo Corrientes. We agreed that birdwatching and exploring was important because it provides an intimate connection between people and their natural environment. People who share a connection with nature and spend time observing wildlife have a stake in ensuring its preservation. Exploring nature and birdwatching are great ways to get outside. Few other hobbies offer so much for people of all ages from various cultures and walks of life. The Festival was born from these ideas.
We Cultivate the Principles of Conservation
A big part of the fun of exploring nature is putting a name to that bird, plant or animal you are encountering. We are fortunate to have passionate naturalists and professional birding guides who donate their time and expertise through inspiring and educational presentations during the Festival. As the economic effect of birdwatching and birding festivals grows, more communities and governments will realize that protecting habitat for birds and nature is a smart investment for our collective futures. That’s always a good thing.
Join this birding walk through the Garden for an early exploration of the various trails to see what birds are visiting the Horcones River area. You may find several species of orioles, Military Macaws, many warbler species, West Mexican Euphonias, Citreoline Trogons, Blue and Painted Buntings, and Squirrel Cuckoos. There have been sightings of the elusive Crested Guan. The river attracts Spotted Sandpipers (wintering), Black Phoebes, several types of flycatchers, Black Vultures, and sometimes even cormorants.
As a registered, non-profit and public-benefit Mexican Corporation, the Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival relies heavily on donations. Every gift helps to continue this work to ensure that awareness and appreciation of nature and birds is truly beneficial for everyone. Through your support, we have helped local projects like the Macaw Sanctuary Nest Box Project, and to date, three donated nest boxes are producing wild but vulnerable Military Macaws that then repopulate the native forests. We support local non-profit organizations, inviting them to participate in the Festival by offering presentations about their conservation work, because education is so important for future generations.
Your support will ensure that every year we can invite children with their families from a local community to come to the Festival to learn from biologists about birds and nature through fun and educational art projects. The Vallarta Bird and Nature Festival accepts donated art supplies, such as new crayons, colored pencils, drawing tablets, small paint brushes, and washable markers. Additionally, new puzzles and picture books that are focused on birds and nature would be wonderful contributions.
During this year’s festival, attendees can enjoy various fun and educational activities at the Vallarta Botanical Garden. These include presentations, specially designed activities for children, and a guided bird tour starting at 7:30 am.
General admission to the Garden is $300 MXN per person for non members. Members entry Is Free.
For more information, visit the event’s website https://vallartabirdandnaturefestival.com/
or Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/VallartaBirdandNatureFestival/
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