Environmental Education for the Conservation of Amphibians and Their Habitat in 5 Rural Communities in Nayarit, Western Mexico

Mexico

Amphibians in Nayarit, western Mexico, have been little studied. Three years ago I started a project to understand the amphibian diversity and collect both biological and ecological data of its species. During the fieldwork in rural communities (some of them have a high percentage of indigenous people) I spoke with local people about amphibians, showing pictures for visual identification and asking them about their common names, etc. The common response was fear and/or repulsion toward these animals. They only knew a few species and their knowledge about the ecology and requirements of these amphibians was scarce.

The main goal of this project is to realize activities of environmental education with local people of selected sites in Nayarit in order to increase their knowledge and awareness about the importance of amphibian conservation and the habitats needed for their survival. To further our endeavors I will work with local NGO’s (Ecologizate al 100, Scout Group 1 and others) to design printed educational materials which we will use to spread the message of conservation throughout these Mexican communities.

On each site the activities will include: a photographic exposition of species of amphibians of Nayarit, audiovisual presentations inviting all individuals to participate, searching for amphibians at night with the help of local people, cleaning and habitat restoration activities and the collocation of signage in situ. Our expectations are that at least 150 people from each of the five localities will receive information and be involved in these conservation activities.

In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.” (Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist).

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Location
Western Mexico

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Project Description
The main goal of this project is to realize activities of environmental education with local people of selected sites in Nayarit in order to increase their knowledge and awareness about the importance of amphibian conservation and the habitats needed for their survival.

Target Species
At least 18 species (12 endemic to Mexico (E) three under special protection by Mexican law (Pr). They belong to six families BUFONIDAE: Incilius maztlanensis (E), I. occidentalis (E) Rhinella marina; CRAUGASTORIDAE: Craugastor augusti, C. occidentalis (E), C. vocalis; ELEUTHERODACTYLIDAE: Eleutherodactylus nitidus (E), E. pallidus (E), E. teretistes (E; Pr); HYLIDAE: Agalychnis dacnicolor (E), Hyla eximia (E),Plectrohyla bistincta (E; Pr); Pternohyla fodiens, Smilisca baudinii, Tlalocohyla smithii (E); RANIDAE:Lithobates forreri (Pr), L. pustulosa (E; Pr), AMBYSTOMATIDAE: Ambystoma rosaceum (E; Pr).

Team Members
Dr. Víctor H. Luja and 10 volunteers

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Partner Organizations
Ecologizate al 100, Scouts Grupo 1 Tepic

Funding Needs
If you would like to further support this project or invest in the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s Seed Grant program please contact James P. Lewis, Director of Operations.

Your donation will make an immediate, real, and lasting impact. As a global alliance with partners generous enough to cover our operational costs, we are able to channel 100% of your donations directly to helping save these amphibians.

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