The Biodiversity of the Las Californias Region

President’s Column, Report

California has lost 90% of its wetlands, which provide numerous ecological services to an array of plants and animals, including many species of conservation significance, especially migratory birds. Birds are the most significant herbivores in weltand systems, and move between the wetlands of the Californias (California, US and the Baja California peninsula, Mexico).  There are numerous opportunities for biodiversity protection in the wetlands of Baja California and Baja California Sur. Migratory birds in particular highlight the importance of binational habitat conservation in these wetlands. Examples exist that highlight the mechanisms that can be used to support biodiversity conservation in Baja California, Mexico, in support of protected species in the United States.  There is a strong future for binational wetland conservation, resulting in a positive benefit for both nations.