Octavio Aburto

Octavio Aburto is a National Geographic WAITT grantee embarking upon an expedition to document and preserve the last untamed Mexican River: The San Pedro Mezquital. —–– My friend and colleague Jaime Rojo has been working with giant Sabinos (Taxodium mucronatum) since many years ago. These trees constitute one of the most important ecosystems in the...

We reached the high lands of the Sierra Madre Occidental, where the San Pedro Mezquital River begins its journey in search of the ocean. This River is formed by three main freshwater flows: la Sauceda, a stream that comes from the North, plus the Tunal and Santiago Bayacora, two torrents that come from the Sierra’s East side. It was still dark when we arrived at the top of the mountains. The mist was covering the entire...

The San Pedro River is a string of life that connects the forests of the high parts of the Sierra Madre in Durango and Nayarit with the marine ecosystems of the Islas Marias, through the flow of nutrients that fertilize the mangrove forests, sea grasses, estuaries, and lagoons in the natural protected area of Marismas...

I am happy to announce that National Geographic Society / Waitt Grants Program has funded an expedition to the last untamed Mexican River: The San Pedro Mezquital. Together with my friend and colleague Jaime Rojo, we will travel along the three Mexican States that the river crosses: Durango, Sinaloa, and Nayarit. More importantly, this river supplies most of the freshwater...