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Navopatia Field Station - Sonora, Mexico


The Alamos Wildlands Alliance (AWA) is a 501c-3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2002. Our mission is Conservation, Education, and Research conducted largely from our Navopatia Field Station in Southern Sonora, Mexico. Through research and education we seek to promote understanding and conservation of the unique and beautiful landscapes of southern Sonora.

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Navopatia Field Station - Sonora, Mexico


The Alamos Wildlands Alliance (AWA) is a 501c-3 non-profit organization incorporated in 2002. Our mission is Conservation, Education, and Research conducted largely from our Navopatia Field Station in Southern Sonora, Mexico. Through research and education we seek to promote understanding and conservation of the unique and beautiful landscapes of southern Sonora.

                         Why We're Here

The Pitayal -or coastal thornscrub- in southwest Sonora is an ecosystem found nowhere else on the planet. Here on the shores of the Agiabanpo Estuary, Organ Pipe Cactus reaches its highest density anywhere. We hope to protect what is left of this exceptional and important part of the world, now under siege from agricultural development and aquaculture.

                             What We Do  

In the ten years we have been operating, we have made partnerships with individuals, government agencies, and sister non-governmental organizations in Mexico and north of the border. We have conducted baseline and long-term monitoring and research in the threatened coastal thornscrub. Our local outreach programs have taught and hosted countless students and visitors from Mexico and many other countries.

Don't Forget to Pariticipate in the Annual Bird-A-Thon!

All the proceeds go to funding the field station each season and you can donate by clicking the image to the left. To start a team and raise funds while having fun e-mail the.awa.birdathon@gmail.com. You can participate from anywhere in the world. To hear about other participants' days of birding, starting Feb. 1, use or search #awabat15 on twitter, instagram, or even google. Check out our GoFundMe page to learn more. Thanks for your support!

The Field Station

The Navopatia Field Station is our field camp on the shores of the Agiabampo estuary. Here students, visitors, and locals alike can spend time in the coastal thornscrub and the waters of the Agiabampo estuary and the Sea of Cortez. The field station is where our research and monitoring efforts are centered. We welcome visitors, researchers, and school groups throughout the winter operating season (December- March).