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Skilled nature photographer’s calendar focuses on wetland birds

Jalisco nature photographer Jesús “Chuy” Moreno has been publishing calendars featuring his outstanding photos of western Mexico’s flora and fauna since 2010. Whereas in the past he offered desk agendas in Spanish only, for 2014 he has produced a bilingual wall calendar which sells for 120 pesos.

The photos are by Moreno and fellow photographer Alex Rodríguez and this year the subject is Birds of Mexico’s Wetlands.

Moreno told me he chose this subject “because in this country, lagoons, bogs, mangrove swamps and similar wetlands are in serious danger.” He pointed out that such places are generally considered dirty, unproductive and worthless. As a result, he says, they are either drained and dried up or turned into dumps for garbage, waste and sewage. “However,” says the naturalist, “wetlands are vital to numerous species of migratory birds. Many of them come here from the far north, heading for places far south of Mexico. For them, swamps and lagoons are important rest stops which break up an incredibly long journey, and any damage to these places poses grave consequences for the birds.”

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