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Complejo San Ignacio

Site Facts

Country, State/Province/Region:

Mexico, State of Baja California Sur, Municipality of Mulegé

Relative Location:

Within the El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve

Latitude/Longitude:

26°48’ N, 113°13’ W

Category:

International

Basis for Designation:

Hosts more than 23% of the estimated world population of Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) and 11% of the Western Snowy Plover population (Charadrius alexandrines nivosus) during the winter.

Size:

110,000 hectares (271,000 acres)  

Joined:

April 2009

Site Owner/Steward:

National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP)

Site Partners:

El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, Autonomous University of Baja California Sur, and Pronatura Noroeste.

Contacts:

Celerino Montes Garcia
Directora, Reserva Biosfera de El Vizcaíno
cmontes@conanp.gob.mx
vizcaino@conanp.gob.mx

Roberto Carmona
Professor and Researcher
Autonomous University of Baja California Sur
beauty@uabcs.mx

Gustavo Danemann
Regional Director, Pronatura Noroeste
gdanemann@pronatura-noroeste.org

Description

This 110,000-hectare (271,000-acre) wetland complex is located in the community of San Ignacio, Municipality of Mulegé, in the State of Baja California Sur. The complex includes the lagoons of San Ignacio, El Coyote, and La Bocana. The area has been designated a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The San Ignacio wetland complex hosts 22 species of shorebirds, including more than 23% of the estimated world population of Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) and 11% of the Western Snowy Plover population (Charadrius alexandrines nivosus) during the winter. Other species with regionally important populations here include American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliates) [4.7%]; Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americana) [2.2%]; Willet (Tringa semipalmata) [2.8%]; and a Red Knot subspecies (Calidris canutus roselaari) [4.7%].WHSRN Site partners include the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve; National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (CONANP); Autonomous University of Baja California Sur; and Pronatura Noroeste.

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Conservation and Ecology

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Contact

Celerino Montes Garcia
Directora, Reserva Biosfera de El Vizcaíno
cmontes@conanp.gob.mx
vizcaino@conanp.gob.mx

Roberto Carmona
Professor and Researcher
Autonomous University of Baja California Sur
beauty@uabcs.mx

Gustavo Danemann
Regional Director, Pronatura Noroeste
gdanemann@pronatura-noroeste.org