Additional Program Events

Photography Exhibition: Treasures of Vallarta Wildlife

Photographers:

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Ric Chamblee
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Antonio Robles
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Eduardo Lugo
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Sandeep Dhar
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Nancy Holland
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Giancarlo Velmarch

Throughout all Festival days at the Vallarta Botanical Garden and Hyatt Ziva

Free with Garden entry fee (adults 200 pesos; children 4 and under free; student rates available)

Free for VBNF registrants with admission sticker from a Festival tour that included a previous Garden admission. Ask about the hotel’s Day Pass option!

General and Children’s Activities

Date: Sunday, February 26

Location: Vallarta Botanical Garden, Hall of Flowers

Capacity: Unlimited

Language: English and Spanish

Cost: Free with Garden entry fee (adults 200 pesos; children 4 and under free; student rates available). Free for VBNF registrants with admission sticker from a Festival tour that included a previous Garden admission.

Schedule
Topic
Speaker
10:30 am
Programa de Aves Urbanas - PAU
Alexis Cervando Reyes Ruiz
10:30 am
Design your wings! How do birds use their wings? What shape and color are your wings?
Lizzy Martinez
11:00 am
The Macaw Sanctuary Nest Box Project. Learn about the latest developments at the sanctuary! Listen to the fascinating story about how it all got started.
Francisco Espino
11:30 am
Conservation of the Wonderful Species of Bahia de Banderas, A.C. CMBAB. Visit with and learn about beautiful rescued birds with their expert caregivers! You’ll have a chance to get close to some amazing birds.
Rohini Velasco
11:30 am
Paint your Sea and Sky Friend
12:30 pm
Children's Art Contest
Lizzy Martinez

Lectures

Date: Saturday, February 25

Hyatt Ziva conference room

Capacity: 30 per presentation; registration required

Language: English and Spanish

Cost: Included with Festival registration (ask about the hotel’s Day Pass option!)

SCHEDULE

TOPIC

SPEAKER

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2:00 pm

Community and Jaguar Coexistence in Western Mexico Under the Impacts of COVID-19

Leo Campos

2:30 pm

Butterflies In Peril. The Butterfly Sanctuary is young, founded just a few years ago in 2018. In this presentation you will learn about their ambitious, multi-faceted mission. (Note that a visit to the Sanctuary is a part of the Estero del Salado tour.)

Butterfly Sanctuary
Jardin Mágico

3:00 pm

Woodpeckers Without Borders. Several woodpecker species occur in both the United States and Mexico, and most of these can be observed in the state can be observed in the state of Jalisco. Steve will discuss the ranges and natural histories of these species, including the behaviors that allow them to thrive on both sides of the border.

Stephen Shunk

3:30 pm

Humpback Whale, a spectacular winter attraction in Banderas Bay. 

Migrating from far-north to their winter breeding ground where they give birth and nurse their young. Respecting their space and behavior is essential to their survival.


Iyari Espinoza

4:00 pm

Hoooo's There? Birds That Keep You Out Late and Get You Up Early! Birding doesn't stop when the sun goes down; for some of our avian gems, that's when the action is just getting started. Exciting nightlife isn't just along the Malecón, it happens in forests, jungles, and swamps all around western Mexico. Birding guide Mark Stackhouse will take you on a virtual tour of the fabulous local birds that will keep you out late, or get you up early, if you're looking for a truly wild time after dark.

Mark
Stackhouse