FIFTH YUCATAN BIRD FESTIVAL “TOH”
Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2006
Mérida & Celestún
The Yucatan Bird Festival “TOH” takes place in a state which has traditionally served as the region’s cultural center. It’s a perfect place to combine birds with visits to Maya archeological zones and rural indigenous communities. Join us for a well-packed three days of birding in company of local guides. Yucatan is home to 442 of the 543 bird species registered for the entire peninsula. The festival contributes to the development of local guides, who are anxious to introduce you to their birds and their customs, as well as to local conservation efforts. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
There are exhibits and conferences in the colonial city of Mérida prior to going afield. An important and fun part of the festival is the birding competition for all levels of abilities called the xoc ch’ich’ - Maya for "count bird". The festival is just a part of the local birding activities taking place this year in Yucatan, which include workshops for children, marathons for adults, bird song recording for guides; the annual Flamingo Festival and Christmas Bird Counts.
The festival is organized by a committee composed of the state Secretary of Tourism, the federal Secretary of the Environment, and representatives of three different non-profit conservation organizations (NGOs): Pronatura Península de Yucatán A.C., Niños y Crías, A.C. and the CAPY bird conservation program of Amigos de Sian Ka’an, A.C. This year the travel agencies are actively participating in offering festival packages, as well as alternatives for pre and post tours.