Mexico parks explained

Calakmul (photo: GIS project)

Calakmul (photo: GIS project)

By Ron Mader

When is a national park a national park and a biosphere reserve a biosphere reserve? There are some big difference among parks and reserves in Mexico, and it is important to review how Mexico classifies these protected areas.

Background
In Mexico there are 93 protected areas cover 11.7 million hectares or 6 percent of the national territory.
There are nine different types of natural protected areas in the National System of Natural Protected Areas (Sinap):

Biosphere Reserves
Special Biosphere Reserves
National Parks
Natural Monuments
National Marine Parks
Natural Resource Protected Areas which include Forestry Reserves
Flora And Fauna Protected Areas
Urban Parks
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History and Symbolism of México’s Flag

Bandera de Mexico

Mexico's Flag

By Elizabeth Kelly
Housesitting in Mexico

If you happen to be in Mexico on February 24th, you will see the flag paraded through the streets of villages and towns. You will also see the citizens raise their right arm, palm down, and then place it on their chest parallel to the heart. This is the salute given to the national flag, and you’ll see it the most on the Mexican Dia de Bandera: Flag Day. While the pledge of allegiance pays honor to the heroes of the land, it’s the flag itself that most serves as a tribute to the rich heritage of Mexico and her history. Continue reading

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Nature reserves and protected areas

Banco Chinchorro

Banco Chinchorro (foto: Arquemex)

by http://www.cancun.travel
(photos via: FootPrints)

There is a plethora of beautiful nature reserves and protected areas you can visit near Cancun. You will get the opportunity to observe monkeys, flamingos, whale sharks, marine turtles, crocodiles and many more creatures in their natural habitat. The flora and fauna is also incredible! You can arrange guided tours lasting from one day to several days where you can pursue activities such as kayaking, hiking, snorkeling and diving.

Cozumel Reef National Park
On July 19, 1996, an 11,988-hectare (29.623 acres) area of sea and coral reefs, was declared the Cozumel Reef National Park. Continue reading

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Close encounters

Durango desert

Durango desert

Unexplained phenomena by: Scott Corrales
lornis1@earthlink.net

There exist a number of “accursed sites” on the surface of our planet. Some of these locations are the sites of gravitational or atmospheric disturbances that still remain unexplained by twentieth century science. Such anomalous areas possess properties, which interfere sporadically with humans and their equipment.
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Mexico in your senses


(youtube video production: Willy Sousa)

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Monarch Butterflies: Top ten facts

By: Dr. Orley R. “Chip” Taylor
Director of Monarch Watch
www.monarchwatch.org

Migration
Hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies migrate from eastern North America to Mexico each fall to overwinter in the high elevation oyamel fir forests of the Transvolcanic Range of central Mexico. Monarchs are unable to survive freezing temperatures and those breeding in temperate regions must escape to moderate climates to reproduce the next season.

Generations
Most of the monarchs joining the migration each fall are 3-4 generations removed from those that made the journey the previous year. Continue reading

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The amazing monarch butterflies

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly (photo: Florida State Library)

Mexico Notebook
By Ron Mader

The country’s most visited protected area showcases a natural marvel and mark your calendar — butterfly season lasts from November to March.

Sanctuaries in the states of Mexico and Michoacan open their tourist services to the public from November to March. These protected areas include el Rosario, Chincua, Cerro Pelon in Donato Guerra, Herradura and La Mesa. The first two are in the state of Michoacán and the last three are located in the State of Mexico. Check ahead of time for reservations.
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