2013 Festival De Las Aves: Yucatán, Mexico

Festival de las Aves

Hi all. So, it’s pretty well-known to those aficionados of The Mapmaker’s Opera, that one of the central characters of the story is the entire bird population of the Yucatán Peninsula, as so beautifully woven into the narrative in the originating novel by Béa Gonzalez – and specific to the drama – a pair of passenger pigeons (now extinct – which is the real point!)

So, I think it is simply wonderful to have a festival that is dedicated to the birds of a region – anywhere, let alone in the Yucatán peninsula, around Mérida in Mexico. Here is a link to the Facebook page of the Festival de las Aves to be held between November 22-24 this year. Most of the posts are in Spanish, but some are in English too. Check out some of the photography!

The Yucatan Bird Festival “TOH” takes place in a state which has traditionally served as the region’s cultural center. It’s a perfect place to combine birds with visits to Maya archeological zones and rural indigenous communities. Did you know that the Yucatán is home to 445 of the 548 bird species registered for the entire peninsula.

There are exhibits and conferences in the colonial city of Mérida prior to going afield. An important and fun part of the festival is the birding competition for all levels of abilities called xoc ch’ich – a word in maya that means “bird count”.

Wish I could be there!

Kevin