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Birdwatching

Monday, July 28th, 2008 by Marie

We had our first group of birders visit!

Their goal was to spot a trogon, and immediately on arrival a beautiful Elegant Trogon perched on our capuline tree just next to our terrace, where the birders were drinking cups of hot tea.

Georgia, a local birding guide, toured our guests around the property and helped point out the various birds who have made their home at the Bosque. There were a couple of botonists in the group who were thrilled to see the variety of plants throughout the land - especially ferns!

Georgia was awarded Master Birder designation from Seattle Audubon and has founded a birding club for bird enthusiasts in the Lake P√°tzcuaro area.

We have identified the following birds in the Bosque:

  • Elegant Trogon
  • Common raven
  • Yellow-eyed junco
  • Pine flycatcher
  • American robin
  • Accipiters
  • Orange-billed nightingale thrush
  • Black-headed grosbeak
  • Hooded grosbeak
  • White-throated thrush
  • Pine siskin
  • Violet-green swallows
  • Acorn woodpecker
  • Mexican whip-poor-will (heard)
  • Hepatic tanager
  • Blue-throated hummingbird
  • White-eared hummingbird
  • Eastern bluebird
  • Rufous-capped Warbler
  • Grace’s warbler
  • Olive warbler
  • Painted Redstart
  • Striped sparrow

Making Adobe

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 by Marie

making adobe

As part of our push to have more well-insulated huts available for visitors, we have begun making adobe bricks. We have enough bricks now to complete a small hut!

Our huts will be very basic. Well insulated walls, earth or metal roofs, and windows to take advantage of passive solar. We will use natural building techniques - cob, adobe, cobwood, and strawbale. Folks who attend our natural building workshop will get the experience of building with all of these styles of construction, as well as earthen floors and earth ships.

Every hut will have a desk, a bed, and a small chimenea.

Alyssa’s first 3 weeks WWOOFing at the Bosque

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 by admin

AlyssaI’ve been volunteering at the Bosque Village for 3 exciting weeks. I’ve set up camp in the corner of a lovely cabana overlooking Lago P√°tzcuaro and the gorgeous surrounding mountains. The view is breathtaking! It’s also a great spot for stargazing and admiring the incredible thunder and lightning storms.

The first couple weeks, everybody on the land planted seeds frantically. A short window of opportunity between the end of the dry season and the beginnings of the rainy season meant a lot had to be done in a little time. With all hands on deck, practically every garden had been prepped, planted, and watered (praise the rain-god!) and we all sighed with relief at the end of the 2 or so weeks, anxious and excited to see the fruits of our labor!

The timings of my arrival here was perfect because I was able to attend a neighboring towns’ celebration of Corpus Cristi, a Catholic holiday during which people are giving offerings to God. How that plays out in the street is that people stand on their rooftops, throwing handmade crafts, household goods, food, etc to the crowd of people gathered in the street. It was an exciting evening, and I was thrilled to be present at such a neat celebration. I was even able to practice my Spanish with a few locals! Poco un poquito my Spanish is improving, however now my vocabulary consists mostly of garden words and plant names. While that may not be useful back in the USA, it’s certainly useful here!

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