Newsletter January 2024

NEWSLETTER

OUR MISSION:
Protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of Charco del Ingenio, as well as maintain a botanical garden dedicated to the conservation and study of regional flora and ecosystems, mainly oriented towards environmental education.


NEW ACCESS FEE TO EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO

As of January 8, 2024, the general admission ticket to the Botanical Garden will cost 80 pesos, with a special discount for students, teachers and senior citizens (with an INAPAM credential), whose rate will be 40 pesosfrom now on. Free entrance for children under 10 years old will be maintained, as well as the fee exemption on Wednesdays and Sundays for the sanmiguelenses (with an INE credential). 

It has been a difficult but unavoidable decision for the Board of Directors of El Charco. After more than ten years of maintaining general access to the Garden at 50 pesos, and in view of the continuous raise in the cost of living that we are experiencing both globally and locally, we are forced to make this increase in the entrance fee. This will allow us to better cover the growing expenses of the Botanical Garden, which include staff salaries as well as daily expenses for maintenance, conservation, research, education and community service. It will also help us to undertake diverse improvements --joining external donations-- and finally to offer a better service, attention and security to the users and visitors of this important biocultural heritage of San Miguel de Allende.

We thank the public in advance for their understanding for this unprecedented increase in the entrance fee to El Charco, considering an unquestionable reality: "Conservation Costs".

For group tours and obtain preferential rates, it is necessary to write in advance to charcodelingeniocomunicacion@gmail.com

Check the new rates here: https://elcharco.org.mx/visitanos/


WINTER: THE GREAT FEATHERED PARTY

Due to its geographical location, Mexico is the country with the highest number of migratory birds in America. In Botanical Garden’s ecosystems, winter becomes a great feathered festival, giving us the chance to observe (in addition to the resident birds) migratory and passing birds. When in Canada and the United States the days get shorter and the temperature lower, it is a sign that food will soon be scarce. Faced with these environmental stimuli, birds change their behavior so that they prepare for weeks, saving energy and accumulating body fat, for their long and cyclical trips looking for warmer areas and with enough resources to survive. Some will rest in El Charco for a few days before continuing their route to South America, while many others will remain here for the next few months taking refuge and feeding. Migratory phenomena are always wonderful for those who enjoy and care for nature. However the complexity of these movements is also essential for the ecological balance of the planet. Birds, butterflies, and bats, for example, enable seed dispersal, pest control, and are pollinators for many plants.

Migratory routes are a common responsibility among the countries and societies that share them. Please, when you come for a walk or visit the protected area, enjoy in silence and observe. Feel lucky and discover what surrounds you. You might consider acquiring the Birds of El Charco Guide, a basic material to get started in bird watching.


NEW EXHIBITION: IMAGINARY ANIMALS

This winter visit “Imaginary Animals”, a collection of twelve prints that show part of the native fauna of the northeastern region of the state of Guanajuato. The young artists belong to the indigenous Chichimeca-Jonáz people, calling themselves Éza´r, and express in this graphic works part of their cultures such, as the Úza´ language, spoken only in the town of Mision de Chichimecas in San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato.

We thank Semillero Creativo from San Luis de la Paz and CONAHCYT (the Mexican Federal Agency for Science and Technology) for this collaboration with the Botanical Garden.


Viridantha minuscula: A NEW PLANT DISCOVERED IN EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO, A SPECIES OF BROMELIAD WITH NO PREVIOUS RECORD.

Last October, a specimen of this new species from the Bromeliaceae family was presented to the members of the Botanical Garden, during a special reception in the historic center of San Miguel de Allende. The members were able to observe, appreciate and learn from El Charco directors and curators the characteristics of this plant and the details surrounding its discovery and botanical identification.

The discovery of new plant species is not common nowadays, especially in populated territories studied by botanists for centuries, such as the region of San Miguel de Allende in the state of Guanajuato. For this reason, the discovery of a new plant species, already confirmed by specialized scientific institutions, is very relevant news. This plant was sighted on the cliffs of El Charco del Ingenio by José Viccon, official biologist from the Botanical Garden, for several years. Resembling two species of the Bromeliad family, of the Tillandsia genus (locally known as paxtle, gallitos, heno), it turned out to be a new species of the Viridanthagenus, according to studies carried out by experts over several years and recently published in the journal International Phytotaxa.


2024 CALENDAR OF THE BOTANICAL GARDEN

Containing an image of the new species discoverd in El Charco Viridantha minuscula, an engraving by the sanmiguelense artist Rocio Rios, the new yearly calendar is for sale at the Garden’s giftshop.


NEW LONELY PLANET GUIDE TO GARDENS OF THE WORLD DEDICATES PAGES TO EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO

A few days ago, the global distribution of a new publication from this famous alternate tourist guide publisher began, called The Joy of Exploring Gardens (El gozo de explorar jardines) , including 60 outstanding gardens in the five continents of the world. All types of gardens: botanical, scenic, sculptural, educational, meditative, ornamental, all of them with the most varied characteristics.

It was a pleasant surprise to discover that El Charco del Ingenio was included in the American continent section of the guide, exhibiting photographs of our plant collections. We thank Kate Armstrong, a great Australian friend of the Botanical Garden and regular contributor to Lonely Planet, for the simple and pleasant description she gave of El Charco in this book.

It should be noted that the new Lonely Planet guide for Mexico 2023, in its San Miguel de Allende section, also includes a good description of El Charco del Ingenio as a local conservation project and community center.


EL CHARCO DEL INGENIO, A STRENGTHENED CITIZEN PROJECT

Soon it will be 32 years of this beloved citizen, self-managed, Mexican and independent project, which has received multiple certifications, recognitions and above all has been consolidated and strengthened over the years. 

We invite you to enjoy this video and share it with your friends.


NEW PUBLICATIONS!

ASK FOR THESE BOOKS ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO THE BOTANICAL GARDEN


NATURAL HISTORY TOURS IN ENGLISH

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am

Ticket: 200 pesos per person / 150 pesos members