CEDO is the Centro Intercultural para el Estudio de los Desiertos y Oceanos, aka the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans.
From their website, at www.cedointercultural.org:
CEDO is a nonprofit Natural History Resource Center and Biological Field Station. We’re located in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico at the meeting place of two marine and desert Biosphere Reserves — the Upper Gulf of California and Colorado River Delta Biosphere Reserve and the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve. CEDO serves the many cultures and users of this bioregion. We develop and implement research, conservation and environmental education programs, and materials that enhance the protection of these ecosystems.
CEDO is a great resource to Penasco and the southwest. For many Penasco first-timers CEDO is a great resource to introduce yourself to a lot of the special characteristics of the Sonoran region and the Sea of Cortez. Their tourist and visitor activities complement their scientific and research efforts, and no trip to Penasco is complete without a stop to CEDO.
Don’t miss their blog, either, at http://cedointercultural.blogspot.com
2006 Summer / Fall Eco-Adventures
WETLAND BIRD WALK
Saturday, Nov. 11th 8:00am – 10:00am
Join CEDO’s birdwatchers for an exploration of the avian life of Estero Morua. A rich wintering ground for Sandpipers, Plovers, Terns, Gulls, Grebes, Loons, Godwits, Curlews, Dowitchers & more, Morua is the perfect place for beginner and experienced birders alike.
Saturday, Sept. 30 8:00am – 10:00am Enjoy a tranquil walk through CEDO’s Desert Botanical Gardens and nearby coastal desert. You’ll learn adaptations of desert plants and animals, identify tracks, holes and scat, and discover indigenous uses of plants. Perfect for families.
Cost: $10, kids under 5 free
Saturday, June 10th 9:00am – 12:00pm Saturday, Oct. 21st 9:00am – 11:00am Experience the pristine beauty of Estero Morua’s coastal wetland filled with crabs, oysters, birds and more! Cost: Adults $20, children under 12, $10.
Find out more about the Estero Excursion here.
Saturday, June 24th 7:30am – 9:30am Saturday, Sept. 17th 8:00am – 10:00am CEDO naturalists reveal secrets of the tidepools; we’ll look for octopus, colorful anemones & more. Cost: $15 adults, $10 kids under 12. Kids under 5 free!
Find out more about the Tidepool Explorations here.
Saturday, May 27th 12:00pm – 5:30pm For an even closer look at Estero Morua, come paddle alongside shorebirds, through inviting channels and mudflats. Each six hour tour includes: Expert guides, Local ecology talk, Full day kayak rental, Lunch and beverages. No experience necessary.
Age limit: 18 yrs.
Cost: $75 for members $85 for non-members
Sunday, Nov. 19th 8:00am – 4:00pm
Explore the geologic wonders of the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve on a full-day tour with CEDO experts. Lunch included.
Cost: $65 adults
Find out more about the Pinacate Peregrination here.
ISLA SAN JORGE SOJOURN
Saturday, May 20th 6:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday, Oct. 29th 7:00am – 2:00pm
Visit Isla San Jorge (Bird Island) and get an up-close look at the abundant wildlife found on this rocky island, including tropicbirds & sea lions. This all-day eco-adventure includes an introductory slideshow and lecture about marine mammals, Gulf island ecology, and CEDO research. Cost: $100 (Lunch included). Space is limited
Find out more about the Isla San Jorge Sojourn here.