Two weeks ago our Conservation Director Sergio Mata and Matt Gulliams, a PhD student from the University of California, Berkeley, continued their fieldwork documenting vernal pools in Valle de Las Palmas. This valley is located between the cities of Tijuana, Tecate and Rosarito, a few miles south of the California border.
“What we found,” Sergio told me, “are vernal pools in much better shape than the 10% remaining in California of this ecosystem. Unfortunately, an important part of the area we visited last year has been destroyed and this time we were literally working in front of the bulldozers that will be destroying another big portion to build an apartment complex.”
This is not an uncommon story in Baja California and California. Every day, our region loses habitat that are vital for the survival of many endemic species. In his article on binational conservation, Dan Silver reminds us that, many biological corridors that linked habitats in both sides of the border have disappeared due to urban development. Furthermore, many endangered species such as the California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica) and the Quino Checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas editha quino) will only survive if their habitats are preserved in Mexico and the United States.
In Terra Peninsular, we are convinced that the conservation of the natural beauty of the Peninsula of Baja California is not only important for the maintenance of the biological diversity, but like art, natural spaces are an essential part of the emotional and health welfare of our communities in both sides of the border.
Thank you for your continued support.
Saul Alarcón Farfán
Terra Peninsular, A.C.