Baja California desert

WWF Abstract

Where on Earth can you find a grey whale in the middle of a desert lagoon? The answer lies in one of the largest and best-preserved deserts in Mexico, the Vizcaino and Magdalena deserts of Baja California. From the dry-hot sand dunes to volcanic mountain soils, the range of habitats here are very harsh and seemingly inhospitable. Yet an amazing diversity of life flourishes in this ecoregion. The Ojo de Liebre Lagoon in the central coastal area on the Pacific is a winter home to more than a million migrant ducks and geese and is a breeding area for migratory grey whales. From mountain sheep to burrowing owls, this ecoregion is home to over 400 species of plants, some 4 amphibians, more than 40 reptiles, over 190 birds and 69 mammals. It is also known for its high number of endemic bee species and numerous scorpions and spiders. And almost a quarter of all the plants in Baja California, from cacti that dominate the desert to thick-stemmed trees and shrubs in the rocky mountain soils, are found nowhere else on the planet.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Mexico
Area:19,199,999 acres (7,769,964 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Parque Nacional de Sierra San Pedro Martir National Park
Reserva de la Biosfera El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder