THE MAGDALENA BAY ECOSYSTEM’S
Magdalena Bay, and the rich marine biosphere is already known and visited by thousands of international recreational travelers, sportsman, and eco lovers every year, the pristine and secluded ecosystems and while life is unique. The many Jack Cousteau exploring excursions to Baja, and Magdalena Bay do provide testimonials of his greatness, (Cousteau call the Baja area, the aquarium of the world. The local government and community support the potential for economic growth that the introduction of quality hotel and resort amenities will bring to the area. The Magdalena Bay area is poised to become a resort/health destination mainly for Americans, Canadians, Europeans, upscale Mexicans, plus nature lovers from around the world. People who are familiar with California Baja Sur and the Cabo San Lucas area of 20 to 30 years ago are anxious to revisit the times of seclusion and pristine wilderness activities and todays technologically savvy tourists who prefer luxury accommodations and services while mindful of the need for environmental conservancy will be excited that such a product exists.
Magdalena Bay extends onto the peninsula in Baja California south, in an incredibly gifted place of beauty and biodiversity. Because of its unparalleled beauty and biodiversity, as well as the peculiar oceanic conditions unique to this region, it is ranked by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the nine most important coastal habitats in all of Mexico. In ecosystems of this kind, vegetation (Mangroves trees) plays a relevant role by permeating and storing water thru the roots, which help hold together the sandy ground. It is also characteristic its wide marine biodiversity.
On pristine beaches, washed out by the immense Pacific, we can find remains of giant clam shells, sea stars, whales and sea lions. At Boca de Santo Domingo, on the northern part of the island, numerous colonies of sea lions can be seen sunbathing on the beach and playing in the shallow waters. Within the bay there are many estuaries where mangrove trees are gaining land to the sea creating an incredible jungle over the water surface. The most important species in this ecosystem are: red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), sweet mangrove (Maytenus Tricermaphyllanhoides), white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), dark mangrove (Conocarpus erecta), and black mangrove (Avicennia germinans). These trees are home and breeding grounds to an endless array of fish, crustaceans, and reptiles and birds that nest all the way from the bottom to the tree tops.
Magdalena Bay is the ideal place to observe a variety of bird species like fishing eagles, patobuzo, fragatas, seagulls, several types of cranes such as the white ibis, blue cranes and garzón. There are also many migratory birds like peregrine falcons, white pelicans –know in the región as “borregon” – as well as other beach varieties like the chorlito alejandrino, el piquigrueso, el playero sencillo, el roquero, el dorsirrojo y el zarapito cabecirrayado. The area makes up an astounding natural reserve along with its estuaries and canals where nature carries out its life cycle and each species plays a part in the whole ecosystem. We can enjoy all this and more by discovering new places farther away, even remotely hidden, as long as the natural surroundings are kept intact.