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Yucatán’s Toh birding festival makes a big comeback

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway. Sign up for the Yucatán Roundup, a free newsletter, which delivers the week's top headlines every Monday.
Participants can expect to spot dozens of species of birds during the many activities planned for 2022’s Toh birding festival. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s Toh birding festival returned to in-person activities last week. 

Scheduled events will continue until Nov. 21, as organizers say, “to make up for lost time and fun.”

During this time the festival will feature bird watching tours, activities for children, workshops, photo exhibitions, and its famous “birding marathons.”

Bird-watching activities will take place across the state in locations including Mérida’s city zoo, Tizimín, Rio Lagartos, and Celestun. 

This will also be the first time the festival makes its way to El Cuyo, a small fishing community on the coast of Yucatán known for its biodiversity. 

Attendees are encouraged to wear light clothing during bird watching tours, keep as silent as possible and bring along binoculars and a camera. 

Earlier: The amazing birds of Yucatán

Organized by the not-for-profit environmental organization Pronatura, the event hopes to “reconnect Yucatecos with nature.” 

Named after the Pajaro Toh, or Mot Mot, this will be the festival’s 21st edition. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht

Bird watching tours during the event are led by experts in the field who will help the participants to get the most out of the experience. 

Though over the past couple of years the festival was not canceled altogether, activities were almost entirely limited to online conferences. 

Enjoyment aside, the festival is also focused on creating a greater awareness of the environmental challenges Yucatán faces.

The festival’s complete itinerary and further details can be found at festivalavesyucatan.com

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