Save the Celestun Estuary!

$610 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 22 months
DM
Ducks Unlimited de Mexico
on behalf of Celestun Ducks Unlimited de Mexico
 MEMPHIS, TN
Wetlands – critical to both people and wildlife for habitat, flood control and clean water – are being lost at an alarming rate. More than 60% have been lost worldwide in the past 100 years alone.

About 20 million acres of those wetlands are found south of the U.S. border in Mexico, but continue to be lost primarily due to economic development and other human activities.


Mangrove wetlands, like those found in the Ria Celestun region of Mexico's Gulf coast, are habitat for iconic species including the American Flamingo. Yet mangroves are disappearing due to development, urban expansion and the explosion of shrimp aquaculture. Within the Celestun estuary, which has been designated a wetland of international significance, a single improperly built causeway has cut off the natural and vital interchange of fresh and salt water between the mangrove estuary and the sea. The flow of water is critical for maintaining lush, healthy and productive mangrove wetlands that provide habitat for more than 300 species of birds and hundreds of other species of wildlife that rely on this threatened habitat. Many of the migrating waterfowl and shorebirds found in the U.S., as well as the unique and beautiful North American flamingo, need this habitat to complete their annual, continent-spanning journeys.



When cut off from the natural tidal flow, these mangroves can no longer support the fish and wildlife species and other plants that depend on them. The end result? The entire ecosystem dies. Even local fishermen and the traditional commercial fisheries and developing ecotourism industry that support impoverished local communities suffer as these mangrove-dependent fish nurseries decline and disappear.

But it's not too late to save Celestun. For more than 40 years, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, or DUMAC, has been conserving habitat for migrating waterfowl, shorebirds and other species, like the iconic North American flamingo, that are dependent on mangroves and related wetland habitat during some part of their life cycle.

DUMAC has a plan to restore natural tidal flows to the Celestun mangroves before it's too late by building needed culverts through the causeway that bisects the estuary and has cut off the life-giving water so many species need to survive and thrive there. Many, like the flamingo, need the precious resources of Celestun in order to successfully breed and raise young.

Your support, combined with matching contributions from DUMAC and our conservation partners, will continue mangrove restoration within the Ria Celestun region and help turn the tide back toward healthy, vibrant mangroves that will support wildlife and nearby communities for generations to come.

*For every donation of $10 or more, we will send you the pink flamingo bottle opener key chain as our thanks for your support!



Since 1974, Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, A.C. (DUMAC), based in Monterrey, MX, has restored and impacted more than 1.5 million acres throughout Mexico in areas that are important for wintering waterfowl and other wetland-dependent species. If you would like to know more, please visit our website at http://www.dumac.org/dumac/habitat/ing/proyectos01a.htm.

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$610 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 15 people in 22 months
Created February 21, 2017
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Ducks Unlimited de Mexico
on behalf of Celestun Ducks Unlimited de Mexico
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$30
Anonymous
17 months ago
JS
$30
Judith Scarl
17 months ago
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Thanks to DUMAC for all you are doing to protect this estuary and Mexico's waterbirds.

KL
$50
Kelsea Locke
17 months ago
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Keep up the great work.

MH
$50
Mary Margaret Hamilton
18 months ago

Many of you know that I have had the honor of being on Ducks Unlimited de Mexico’s (DUMAC) Board of Directors for several years. What many of you may not know is that DUMAC, as well as DUI in the U.S. and DUC in Canada, are the largest restorers of wetlands across North America. DUMAC is trying something new by starting a “gofundme” account to bring this project to a larger concerned audience. Located on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, Celestun is the home of an estuary of international significance. Unfortunately, because of a single improperly built causeway across the entire estuary, the estuary is in major decline. This long bridge has cut off the life-giving water flow that so many species of birds and other wildlife need to thrive and even survive. Many of the migrating waterfowl and shorebirds found in the U.S. need this habitat to complete their annual continent-spanning migration. In addition, the magnificent North American flamingo calls this area home year around. Fortunately, DUMAC has a plan to restore the natural tidal flow to the Celestun mangroves before it’s too late! The plan is to build needed culverts through the causeway that bisects the estuary. I have been to the project and have personally seen the areas in danger, and I have also seen the regrowth in the areas where we have started restoration projects. So, I’m asking all my FB friends to go to the “gofundme” page and watch the video to learn more about the project. Then consider a donation to the Celestun Project, any amount would help! After you have watched the video (even if you cannot donate at this time) share it with your FB friends and ask them to share the video with their friends, and so on, so a larger audience can learn about this project. I truly appreciate your consideration and help with the DUMAC Celestun Project. Thank you! Mary Margaret

$50
Scott Yaich
19 months ago

I encourage everyone who likes to eat seafood or cares about migratory birds, saltwater fishing, and sustainable economic growth to contribute at least a little to this worthy project!

SS
$50
Sam Smolik
20 months ago

I've been to Celestun - it's a great place to protect.

$40
Anonymous
20 months ago
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