Supporting conservation where the desert meets the sea
Tourism along the Sea of Cortez has exploded in recent years, rapidly accelerating transformation of the coastline. This burst of development, while bringing economic prosperity to the region, is threatening wildlife and deteriorating ecosystems. To protect Baja California’s rich biodiversity, Lindblad Expeditions has partnered with the International Community Foundation (ICF) to support the Gulf of California Conservation Fund, channeling funding to several conservation, research, and community development projects in the region.
Every dollar donated by guests aboard our ships in Baja is tripled with matching contributions from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature. With this triple-punch of funding, guests can be sure that their dollars are achieving maximum impact in protecting Baja’s wild beauty and special wildlife. Continue reading below to learn about projects we've supported over the years.
Donations in Baja help finance an ongoing study of the seabirds on Rasa Island. This important research contributes to the conservation of two endangered seabird species that live on the island.
Cabo Pulmo is home to the Cabo Pulmo National Park and an important coral reef off the coast. Through our partnership with ICF, we are supporting a local NGO that is working hard to promote economic development in Cabo Pulmo while raising awareness and urging policy changes that support conservation and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Developing sustainable tourism provides communities with the financial resources to participate in local conservation efforts. We support efforts to create a sustainable tourism network in northwestern Mexico.
Long-term ecological studies of marine environments are chronically underfunded, yet are invaluable to scientists’ understanding of long-term regional changes. We are happy to support Dr. William Gilly’s efforts to understand seawater changes over time in the Gulf of California.
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