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Dear colleagues,


I would like to share with all of you that with the support of the Mexican Navy and our partners in Mexico and the United States we have begun replacing Street Lights on Socorro Island to lower the amount of nocturnal light pollution and in doing so protecting the critically endangered Towndsend´s Shearwater (Puffinus auricularis) - The most endangered seabird in the Americas. We obtained partial funding from the Mohamed bin Zayed to accomplish this goal but require additional resources to complete this task.


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This year, I will be sharing with you several great news for the Revillagigedo Archipelago. Muchas gracias for your help!

Juan Martínez




Seven years of intense demographic monitoring and automated recordings, showed us which factors negatively impact the demography and conservation of Townsend´s Shearwater. Light pollution is a major threat. Fortunately, the Mexican Navy is helping us install new lights on Socorro Island to minimize the number of accidental landings and deadly collisions. Also, we will monitor the efficiency of our efforts to save the species in subsequent years.




Dr. Juan Martínez and his collaborators have been studying and protecting critically endangered species of the Revillagigedo Islands since 1988. Major conservation steps have been achieved with the Socorro Mockingbird and recently with the repatriation of the Socorro Dove. Dr. Martínez is leading a comprehensive habitat restoration program that will allow the Socorro Dove to return to its ancestral island. Other critically endangered species such as the Socorro Parakeet, the Socorro Dove and Townsend´s Shearwater, the target species of this grant. Our conservation programs are implemented in collaboration with several partners in México, United States and Europe such as Endemicos Insulares, A. C., Island Endemics Foundation, Institute of Biology at Mexico´s National University (UNAM), and all zoos at the Socorro Dove Conservation Program in Europe. We also work closely with Mexican Authorities such as the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Environmental Resources and the Mexican Navy.


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