As reported in last month's Soundings, Eco-Alianza is beginning to take a more active role in a multi-institutional collaboration that began back in 1998, and has resulted in more than 40 published scientific studies concerning the Gulf of California. Leading institutions include the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at U.C. San Diego, University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC Mexus), the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, and the Ezcurra Lab.
Eco-Alianza, UABCS, and Loreto's Dolphin Dive Center all are joining hands to support an ecological monitoring program focused on the health of reefs and near-shore ecosystems in the Gulf of California. The program was initiated in 1998 and has already generated more than 40 published scientific studies.
Fishing is for the Birds This photographic series by Rick Jackson proves how the proper tools and the proper technique make for an effective combination, as this Reddish Egret successfully catches breakfast (clockwise from upper left). Summer heat in Loreto demands efficiency in movement!! Grants and Donations Support Marine Park Enforcement Efforts Photo courtesy of ProNatura Noroeste. Last winter a lot of Loreto Bay residents got a dose of reality when they attended an open discussion with Bay [...]
Eco-Alianza Teams Up to Support Totoaba Program Photos by Megan Rogers and Eco-Alianza staff. By Megan Rogers, Eco-Alianza Intern with contributions by Eco-Alianza staff More than 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves on July 14 at the Santispac beach on Bahía Concepción in Mulegé, determined to do whatever is necessary to support a critically endangered fish, the Totoaba. On that day, the task was to release 30,000 young fish into the bay, a bucketful at a time. When [...]
Just about anyone who has visited Loreto knows that Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (PNBL) is special, and worthy of protection. But what's the best way to spread that message worldwide? Children! Or at least that's part of the solution put forth by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). In 1972, the UN passed the World Heritage Convention in Paris, asking countries around the world to designate cultural and natural sites worthy of special protection.
Earth Day is Every Day Photo courtesy of Richard Jackson Photography This Saturday, April 22, is the 47th annual Earth Day. At Eco-Alianza we can't think of a better time to re-commit to following the path to sustainability. Whether it's a personal pledge to reduce use of plastics, or getting involved in volunteer environmental work, or just being more aware in our purchasing habits, each of us can make a difference. Read in this issue of Soundings about [...]
Spring has Sprung! A recent jaunt to Laguna Ojo Liebre revealed desert landscapes overwhelmed by color Photograph courtesy of Richard Jackson Photography These days, it seems that no matter where you go or what activities you’re involved in, Spring is bustin’ out all over! Blue whales are abundant in the Bay of Loreto National Park. Spring officially begins next week, but warm temperatures and winter moisture are transforming deserts with spectacular wildflower blooms and explosions of color. Birds [...]
Today is all about love, so we thought we'd send along the February issue of Soundings to remind everyone of the passion we all share for the natural world around us. Let's all embrace Loreto's wonders by standing up for the pristine and truly spectacular nature of our surroundings. Read below about how you can do just that!
Happy New Year to You and Yours from All of Us at Eco-Alianza! With this issue of Soundings, Eco-Alianza enters its tenth year of operations, a significant marker for any non-governmental organization. Sadly, most non-profits flame out or fizzle within their first few years. Eco-Alianza’s vitality and steady growth is a testament to the commitment and perseverance of Eco-Alianza staff and supporters like you. We welcome the opportunity to continue working for solutions to the many enduring challenges engendered in our mission. Read below about some of the ways we bring people together ~ welcoming them to join our ongoing celebration of the wondrous qualities of Loreto’s environment and culture. Here’s to hoping our next 10 years are as magical as the first!