Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Photo: Xixim, Flamingos Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, …

Parrots

Photo: Farrukh, Wait for your turn… Parrot = a bird, often vividly colored, with a short down-curved hooked bill, grasping feet, and a raucous voice, found especially in the tropics and feeding on fruits and seeds. Some are able to mimic the human voice. HeadlinesFeral Parrots Are Taking Over America Elsewhere on the Webparrots.org – …

Colibri Ecotourism Award

Poster Planeta.com hosted a live conversation with some of the winners of the Colibri Ecotourism Award on Friday, June 5, 2020. As part of the global celebration of World Environment Day, Planeta.com presented the Colibri Ecotourism Award from 2000-2010 to leaders of the eco travel movement in Mexico. Ecotourism pioneers and practitioners, these friends were mentors …

World Migratory Bird Day

Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS, Northern harrier at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge World Migratory Bird Day sets in motion a number of participant-created events around the globe. From talks to walks, there are a lot of events. The ‘day’ officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the USA and Canada and in October in …

Birds

Photo: Puerto Escondido Bird = a warm-blooded, egg-laying vertebrate distinguished by the possession of feathers, wings, and a beak and (typically) by being able to fly Amazon.comThe Wonder of Birds<br /> Celebrations Species Webcams Places Planeta.com

Birdsong

Buzzwords Bird song = Musical vocalizations of birds, typically uttered by a male songbird in characteristic bursts or phrases for territorial purposes Recommended ListeningIs birdsong music? Appssongsleuth.com Embedded Tweets Planeta.com

Kākāpō

Photo: Shellie Evans The kākāpō is the word’s largest parrot, flightless and with a tricky breeding cycle. Recently their number actually went down to a mere 51 birds on Earth, but now scientists have successfully found ways to breed them. Recommended ListeningOne of our favorite new podcasts of 2018: Kākāpō Files, breaking bird news from …