MEXICO, Yucatán Peninsula

Photo: Swainson's Warbler by Greg Lavaty


The Challenge

It is estimated that as many as 1.5 billion neotropical migratory birds from as many as 200 species pass through the Yucatán Peninsula during migration each year. The area is also home to numerous endemics. Urbanization, tourism development, fire and agricultural expansion threaten the remaining habitat on the Yucatán Peninsula.  A corridor of good habitat from the northern part of the peninsula to the Sian Ka’an Biological Reserve farther south still exists, known as the Yum Balam – Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor. ABC and its partners are endeavoring to protect this remaining habitat for the migrant and endemic.


ABC Conservation Framework

Efforts to protect the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico fall under the Conserving Habitats portion of the ABC Conservation Framework
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Primary Birds Impacted

Red WatchList migrant species that pass through or winter in the Yucatán are the Reddish Egret, Piping Plover, and Golden-winged Warbler.   Yellow List WatchList species include the Swallow-tailed Kite, American Golden-Plover, Snowy Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Long billed Curlew, Red Knot, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Bay-Breasted Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Canada Warbler,  and Kentucky Warbler.  There are also 11 species of birds endemic to the Yucatán Peninsula, including the Yucatán Nightjar, Yucatán Vireo, Yucatán Parrot, Yucatán Jay, and the Ocellated Turkey.

YouTube - Kentucky Warbler Portrait by TheMusicOfNature



ABC is working with the Yucatán Peninsula Avian Alliance (AAPY), which includes Amigos de Sian Ka’an, The Nature Conservancy, ProNatura- Yucatán, Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas, Niños y Crias, and Reserva Biologica El Eden, to develop a conservation strategy to ensure the protection of habitat within the Yum Balam – Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor. Activities undertaken by the Alliance so far include land purchase, habitat management, new policies for protected areas, development of payment for environmental services programs, avian monitoring, bird education, and communication with local stakeholders.

ABC Results

ABC Results Button 1,609 acres have been purchased within the Yum Balam – Sian Ka’an Biological Corridor for the protection of migratory bird habitat.


What Next?

What Next Button A second property will be purchased for conservation to expand the amount of habitat protected by AAPY to over 800 hectares.
What Next Button Additional funds will be raised for continued purchase of properties and management of these properties
What Next Button Bird monitoring programs will be developed within biological corridor