Protect Wild Baja
Join with other Baja Expeditions travelers and support the Friends of Wild Baja Fund.
The Friends of Wild Baja Fund conserves and protects the critical habitats and biodiversity of Baja California Sur, including Laguna San Ignacio, Magdalena Bay, and the wilderness areas between La Paz and Loreto.
Donate here through our U.S.-based fundraising partner, The International Community Foundation, an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire international charitable giving by U.S. donors, with an emphasis on Northwest Mexico; their vision is to increase health, education and environmental grantmaking to local organizations with the goal of strengthening civil society and promoting sustainable communities.
Your gift will protect and preserve some of the world’s last great wild places in Baja California Sur, Mexico. These natural protected areas face many immediate threats and need your help to survive.
Funds support proactive conservation strategies, including purchasing conservation easements to maintain lands as open space, developing sustainable fisheries, and environmental monitoring and enforcement.
Learn more about Baja Expeditions’ founder and owner Tim Means, and about the successful conservation project of the Espiritu Santo Island Archipelago in Wildands Philanthropy, a publication of the Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Regions supported by Friends of Wild Baja Fund:
San Ignacio Lagoon
San Ignacio Lagoon is one of the last undeveloped grey whale birthing sites on the planet and one of the world’s most biologically significant coastal sites. In addition to gray whales, this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site is home to green turtles, peregrine falcons, and hundreds of thousands of migratory waterfowl and shorebirds which depend on the mangroves, beaches, and wetlands found here.
Threats: coastal development, land speculations, oil and gas exploitations, introduction of large-scale industry.
The Mechudo Corridor
The Mechudo Corridor includes 80 miles of undeveloped and still wild coastline between Loreto and La Paz in the Gulf of California. In addition to its relatively pristine condition, this unique area sustains an exceptional diversity of both marine and terrestrial species.
Threats: resort development, poaching of bighorn sheep, overgrazing, introduction of non-native weeds, bycatch of non-targeted marine species.
Magdalena Bay is one of the most important coastal habitats in all of Mexico needing protection. An amazing variety of fish, many species of birds, turtles, sharks, rays, and of course the famous migrating gray whales attract thousands of visitors here every winter.
Threats: over-harvest of fisheries, poaching and over-harvest of endangered turtles, pollution, lack of planning and zoning, limited enforcement of environmental regulations.
Thank you for giving generously,
Tim Means, Owner and Founder
Carlos Means, Operations Director
Elizabeth Hammond, Director