SAL A PAJAREAR | ©Waldemar Santamaría


The conservation, management and restoration of the Peninsula´s Tropical Forest, is everybody´s responsibility. Peninsula residents should all know and participate in the activities that maintain the natural richness from which everyone depends.

We promote activities in nature to create life ties. Observation of nature and its knowledge are the first steps to value and participate in activities that prevent environmental deterioration and maintain nature´s health and ours.

Knowing to connect to conserve.

LU'UMEN LU'UMO'ON | ©Susana Cavazos


Claudia y Roberto Hernandez Foundation has been involved in raising awareness among children and youth for the past 15 years through environmental education programs based on participation. Environmental education has to include involvement not only knowledge transmission, it should promote attitudes, values y knowledge and abilities to work collaboratively in the solution of environmental problems (Ardoin et al., 2020).

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Since 2008, Claudia y Roberto Hernandez Foundation began with the program Sal a Pajarear in 10 communities on the Jalisco coast. In 2014, the program began in Yucatan, with the support of Pedro y Elena Hernandez Foundation and Transformacion Arte y Educacion (TAE) Foundation. Since then, it has expanded to the neighbouring states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.

The program promotes knowledge and care of birds and their habitats in children from 9 to 12 year-old, through birding hikes to get to know them with community volunteer guides using guides and binoculars. The learning experience is complemented with drawing contests, handicrafts, and playful activities such as memory games, lotteries, and jigsaw puzzles. Several teaching materials have been developed to be used at home.

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Yucatan community children watching birds
©Waldemar Santamaría

The peninsula is home to three motmot species and they are known as Toh in Maya
©Luis Trinchán

At present, there have been over 1,112 children participating from 55 communities in the Yucatan peninsula. 145 volunteer instructors have been trained. Today, there are 23 active communities with 477 children and and 74 volunteer instructors. Through the interest of the children and volunteers, the parents, and communities also become involved.

Every year there are volunteer meetings to share experiences and to develop annual activity plans. The meetings take place alternating in different communities. Children festivals, anniversaries and events are also organized.

The information gathered from bird observations is uploaded to the citizen science platform aVerAves / eBIrd, available to anyone interested. 4,092 bird lists with 424 species have been uploaded. The whole society has acces to the information that the program gathers.

Sal a Pajarear initiative in the Yucatan peninsula works in collaboration with TAE Educación, Baktún, pueblo maya.


We all have an interest in nature, however, many people are not familiar with the diversity of available tools to improve their knowledge. Because of the advances in science and citizen science information on nature has become more accessible than ever in history. This iniciative, complementary to the Naturalista, platform, includes themes such as What is science? What is citizen science? It also includes explanations and suggestions on naturalist´s tools, from suggested readings, field instruments such as magnified glass, binoculares, field books, trap cameras, bat detectors, mobile apps, among others

The initiative Somos naturalistas reveals the results of analyses of information in Naturalista. Many participants are not aware of how important their collaboration has been to generate new knowledge. In this section, many examples are shown on advances in a number of areas, such as science, conservation, heatlh, tourism, education, culture, among others. These discoveries have been the result of collaboration between participants, researchers, tutors, curators, not only from Mexico, but from the entire world.

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Naturalista is a digital platform that allows society participation in the generation of nature knowledge. Adopted and adapted since 2012 in Mexico, at present, 150 thousand participants have documented 49 thousand species with over 6 million photo and audio records.

In the Yucatan peninsula, there are approximately 20 thousand people that have recorded 10,734 plant, fungi and animal species, with 480 thousand records (Naturalista 2023). The information gathered through citizen science is used with many purposes such as biological inventories, tourism, health, culture, science, among others.




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