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Bahía Magdalena

Site Facts

Country, State, Province/Region:

Mexico, Baja California Sur, Municipalities of La Paz and Comondú

Relative Location:

Southern Pacific coast of Baja California Sur.

Latitude/Longitude:

24° 37’ 35” N, 111° 57’ 50” W

Category:

Regional

Basis for Designation:

Significant percentages of the biogeographic populations of: Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) [3.3%]; Willet, (Tringa semipalmata) [1.7%]; endangered Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) [4.4%]; and Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)[1%]

Size:

465,000 acres (187,500 hectare)

Joined:

February 2009

Site Owner/Steward:

The site is designated a Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone (ZOFEMAT), managed by the Federal Government – the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).

Site Partners:

National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP), Pronatura Noroeste, A.C. , and several surrounding ejidos.

Human Population within 100 km:

Puerto Adolfo López Mateos (2,300 habitantes) and Puerto San Carlos (4,000 habitantes)

Contact:

Marco Antonio González Vizcarra
Federal Delegate
SEMARNAT – Delegation in Baja California Sur
delegado@bcs.semarnat.gob.mx

Eduardo Palacios Castro
Adjunct Director, Bird Conservation Program
Pronatura Noroeste, A. C.,
epalacio@cicese.mx

Description

The coastal ecosystem comprising the 187,500-hectare (465,000-acre) Bahía Magdalena is within the municipalities of La Paz and Comondú, but is federally governed under Mexican coastal zoning laws. Bahía Magdalena, also a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, hosts a total of 24 shorebird species, including significant percentages of the biogeographic populations of: Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) [3.3%]; Willet, (Tringa semipalmata) [1.7%]; endangered Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus) [4.4%]; and Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) [1%]. Site Partners include: National Commission of Protected Areas (CONANP), Pronatura Noroeste A.C., and the Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)-Baja California Sur Delegation, and several surrounding ejidos.

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Contact

Marco Antonio González Vizcarra

Federal Delegate

SEMARNAT – Delegation in Baja California Sur

Avenida Ocampo #1045 Col. Centro

La Paz, Baja California Sur

23000 México

Telephone: (612)12 3 93 03

delegado@bcs.semarnat.gob.mx

 

Eduardo Palacios Castro

Adjunct Director, Bird Conservation Program

Pronatura Noroeste, A. C.,

Miraflores #334, Fracc. Bellavista

La Paz, Baja California Sur

23050 México

Telephone: (612) 121 28 00

epalacio@cicese.mx