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Free and Sovereign State of Guanajuato

Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae ©Ian Montgomery Website

Birding Guanajuato

Guanajuato is a state in the central highlands of Mexico. It is named after its capital city, Guanajuato, which comes from the local indigenous P'urhépecha language, meaning 'Hill of Frogs'. Las Ranas (the Frogs) is a nickname for people from this state as frogs are their state animal. The state of Guanajuato borders the states of San Luis Potosí to the north, Querétaro to the east, Michoacán to the south, and Jalisco to the west. It has an area of 30,589 square kilometers (11,810.5 sq mi). In the 2005 census, the state had a population of 4,893,812 people.



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Useful Reading

Fieldguides, CDs etc.

For a selection of appropriate fieldguides and CDs etc see the general Mexico page of Fatbirder…


Fundacion Ecologica de Guanajuato

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The Fundacion Ecologica de Guanajuato A.C. is a non-governmental organization established in March 1988. It promotes and initiates projects, cooperative programs, and investigations, and provides information and education about the state`s biological resources. The Fundacion supports the concept of ecodevelopment and works to implement it. Our plan is to achieve sustainable developmentÑthe foundation of a new relationship between humankind and nature. We believe conserving biological diversity and achieving sustainable management of resources must involve local inhabitants, land owners, and both direct and indirect users of the ecosystems. Therefore, since the beginning we have worked alongside the ONG Desarrollo Rural de Guanajuato A.C. (Rural Development Agency); which provides social services to inhabitants of rural areas such as those encompassed by the Santa Rosa Forest of Guanajuato…

Sociedad Audubon de México


Sociedad Audubon de México is based in San Miguel de Allende, a beautiful colonial town in the mountains of central Mexico. It is the only Audubon chapter in the country, and is conscious of its responsibility to represent and protect the natural world in Mexico. “The Sociedad Audubon de Mexico, as a bird focused organization, recognizes that a healthy environment is critical to the survival of birds and all other elements of nature, and we operate from this perspective.”


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El Charco del Ingenio


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Set in the heart of the central highlands of Mexico, this reserve covers more than 100 hectares adjacent the historic town and is the result of non-governmental efforts, begun in 1990, to rescue and protect an area of outstanding natural beauty, of ecological and historical importance…

Trip Reports


Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Places to Stay

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Quinta Las Acacias


The house itself is built against the base of a mountain, providing a dramatic backdrop that has influenced the hotel design to the extent that a number of the suites lead onto charming terraces. Here the visitor can relax in more traditionally Mexican surroundings, amongst colorful floral arrangements, or enjoy the open-air Jacuzzi and take in the spectacular view.

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Birds of San Miguel de Allende and México


Many of these birds can be seen on our bird walksheld the third Sunday of each month… Book extract