By Bruce W. Conord, June Conord
Winner, "Best commute Book," North American commute newshounds Assoc. Covers many locations no longer even pointed out in competing courses. Take to the mountain trails, swim in hidden cenotes, watch the solar upward thrust on a seashore close to the traditional Maya port of Pol? (where the authors celebrated the sunrise of the hot millennium). stopover at Bohemian Playa del Carmen, or history-rich Cozumel, the place the Spanish first set foot at the North American continent.
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However, oil spills, water pollution, damage from ships and attacks of the coral-eating starfish known as the “crown of thorns” have placed many of the world’s reefs under additional threat. 30 n Life Undersea leatherback (aptly named because of the leathery hide it has in place of a shell) grows as large as six feet and weighs as much as 1,500 lbs. The hawksbill is one of the smallest marine turtles, measuring in at three feet or less and only 200 lbs. Because of its highly valued spindle-shaped tortoise shell, it has been hunted to near extinction.
N Feathered Friends The Yucatán is prime real estate for birds – and for bird lovers. The peninsula’s rich wetlands provide feeding grounds for flocks of both. A pair of good binoculars is worth carrying if you’re off into the bush or heading down the coast. Amateur birdwatchers thrill to the sight of native birds, such as the orange oriole, yellow-lored parrot or the black catbird, as well as a wealth of migratory varieties. Ornithologists working with the Amigos de Sian Ka’an estimate there are 6-9,000 varieties of birds in the protected wetlands.
It’s easy, however, to be an ecological advocate in more financially secure regions such as Western Europe, Canada or the US than it is for the people struggling to live in what is often called a Third World country. Sometimes the exploitation of the rainforest provides subsistence living for the poor. In other cases, such as the hotel we described above, it’s the greed of rich individuals and corporations attempting to get richer. Efforts by private organizations and educational institutions are now in top gear.
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