Investigating coastal regions incredibly rich in biodiversity
The estuaries along the Sonoran coast are incredibly rich in biodiversity and hold a very high importance as nurseries for hundreds of species of invertebrates and fish, many of which are harvested commercially. Migratory and resident birds use these estuaries as stopover, wintering, feeding, and breeding sites. Additionally, coastal wetlands are the only suitable habitat in Sonora for certain federally protected species like the Clapper Rail (Rallus longirostris).
There are three small to medium-sized estuaries on the central Sonoran coast south of Bahia Kino: Esteros Santa Cruz, Cardonal, and Tastiota. These precious coastal environments are increasingly threatened by development and tourism activities. Since 2000, the shrimp aquaculture industry has expanded dramatically along this coastline. These estuaries have received little research or conservation attention while aquaculture has rapidly encroached on these sensitive and unique ecosystems. Prescott College is promoting effective and collaborative estuary conservation and research efforts by working with conservation and community groups to discuss the problems define objectives and strategic actions to achieve increased protection of these estuaries.
Community action for the conservation of Estero Cardonal
The Kino Bay Center was contacted with a plea for help by community members of El Cardonal about the dumping of ... Learn more >
Ecological and socio-economic description and conservation feasibility study for Estero Cardonal
This study was designed as a preliminary assessment of the feasibility of, and justification for, attaining ... Learn more >
Migratory and resident waterbird census in Estero Santa Cruz, Estero Cardonal, and Estero Tastiota
Esteros Santa Cruz, Cardonal, and Tastiota are small to medium-sized negative estuaries (limited or no ... Learn more >
Nesting waterbird surveys in Estero Santa Cruz, Estero Cardonal, and Estero Tastiota
Wetlands provide critical habitat for waterbirds, including the only nesting habitat for certain species ... Learn more >
Shorebird use of Estero Santa Cruz: abundance, diversity and conservation implications
Estero Santa Cruz is situated along the Pacific Flyway, and currently acts as an important migratory ... Learn more >
Vegetation community mapping of Estero Cardonal
In January 2010, the Prescott College Field Methods for Plant Ecology class along with two of the ... Learn more >
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Co-director, Research and Conservation Program Coordinator
220 Grove Ave, Prescott, AZ 86301
Kino Bay Center:
151 Calle Cádiz y Puerto Vallarta
Bahía de Kino, Sonora, México
ph: (+52) 662 242 00 24