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Birding in Alamos
Alamos is located on the edge of the world’s most northern extent of Tropical Deciduous Forest, and the southern extent of the Sonoran desert. The melding of these two very diverse habitats offers an array of birding opportunities.Over four hundred species of birds have been documented in the Alamos area, including numerous Northern Mexico endemics such as the Rufus-bellied Chachalaca, the Blue-Rumped Parrallet and the Purplish-backed Jay.
Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) take place all over the world during the weeks around Christmas and New Years. The Alamos CBC 30 year tradition continues along with more recent additions in Navopatia and the Rancho Ecologico Monte Mojino (REMM)
For dates of this year’s Bird Count see December in the Cultural Events & Holidays Calendar
For general information, go to the official Audubon CBC website: Audubon CBC
And for more specific information, to sign up and participate, email [email protected]
The Alamos Birding Club .. “Las Alas de Alamos”
Every Saturday morning in season, the Alas de Alamos guides offer bird walks. Open to all levels of birders, these outings take participants to the various birding habitats around Alamos. The guides have all successfully participated in the bird guide training program, sponsored by ProNatura and the Sonoran Joint Venture.
The 2/3 hours outing costs $100 pesos per person. Reservations can be made by calling Gabi at 044-647-487-5568.
The Alas de Alamos guides are also available for private guiding services.
House and Garden Tours
Many of the historic mansions built by the silver barons in the 18th and 19th centuries have been restored to their former glory. Amigos de Educación
offers guided tours of these homes and gardens every Saturday at 11:00 AM – October to May. All proceeds benefit the Amigos scholarship fund promoting higher education for students in need. Cost of the walking tour is $10 US or Peso equivalent. In operation since 1980, this is one of the most popular excursions in Alamos. Tours depart from in front of the Museo de Costumbrista on the Plaza.
Guided City Tours
Local guides are ready at the Plaza de Armas to share their knowledge of Alamos’ past and present. To hear tales of ghosts and haunted homes, take an after dark walking tour.
Informal groups gather throughout town to practice their Spanish using the book “Madrigal’s Magic Key to Spanish”
White-Wing Dove Hunting
The season for duck and dove hunting runs from November until early March. Rancho Palomar Tel. (647) 428-0182 and Rancho Acosta Tel. (647) 428-0246 are specialists in this arena. All shoots are over fields or water holes that are either owned or leased for the exclusive use of shooters.
Mount Alamos (elevation 6500 ft) is within walking distance of the plaza. The hike to its summit leads you through Sonoran thorn forest, tropical deciduous forest, oaks and pines. Hiking along the Cuchujaqui River is at less elevation.
Horses are brought to you at your hotel or vacation home. Discover arroyos and beautiful vistas on horseback with a local guide. Minimum rides of two hours are available or you can schedule for a daily ride during your stay.
Sunday horse races attract local ranchers for friendly competition just outside of Alamos. Expect to see a sea of white cowboy hats on the handsome ranchers decked out in their best denim. Betting is informal. Watch for notice of races on sandwich boards on the Alameda Plaza.