Esqueda Festival Marks Another First in Sonora

SIA stand
Esqueda festival

On Nov. 24-25 the town of Esqueda, Sonora, hosted its first conservation festival — a huge success. It was organized by the wildlife club at the University Estatal de Sonora, as well as Fronteras’ local government. The event also had a great turnout from students at three colleges (Universidad de la Sierra, Universidad de Sonora, and Universidad Estatal de Sonora). They led stands, gave presentations, and performed in various cultural events.

Sky Island Alliance joined the festivities with an interactive stand that offered a chance to win prizes. Big thanks to all the volunteers from Protectores de la Sierra who made our participation possible, as well as our volunteer Joe who brought his collection of insects and showed them to visitors.

On the second day of the festival there was a tour of nearby dinosaur tracks under the guidance of Sergio Ramos, who explained to us the challenges of protecting these tracks and the larger ecosystem. It was also a pleasure to receive visitors from the United States who took advantage of the long weekend to get to know this rich region of the Sky Islands with us.

Stay up to date on all our Sky Island events by following this calendar — we look forward to seeing you soon!

Looking at insects
Miguel Enriquez presentation
Tour of dinosaur tracks