Not quite San Carlos, but our friends in Puerto Penasco at the CEDO intercultural research center are celebrating 30 years of operations. If you are in Tucson today, drop by Hotel Congress and help them celebrate.

From CEDO:

Join CEDO on May 1 to celebrate our 30th anniversary! This year marks 30 years of CEDO working in the Northern Gulf of California in Mexico and its surrounding deserts, and we want to commemorate this achievement with you. CEDO (the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans) is excited to be having our anniversary fiesta at historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson.

Salvador Duran, Michael J. Ronstadt, Mariachi Espuelas de Plata, Last Call Girls, and Hector and the Javelinas will be providing live musical entertainment.

Sustainable seafood, children’s activities – including hands-on fun with marine tidepool creatures and desert critters, and educational booths on CEDO’s programs will all be a part of the festivities. Food and drink will be available for sale, as well as beautiful CEDO t-shirts, posters, and other marine and desert gifts.

Stories from current staff members and key figures in the history of CEDO will illuminate the important conservation work, research and educational outreach CEDO has undertaken over the last 30 years in the Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert. Conservation awards will be presented to individuals who have strived to make the Gulf region a better place, whether through education, research or conservation.

May 1, Schedule of Events

2 to 4 pm: Desert and Sea Explorations / Exploraciones del Desierto y Mar
– Music by: Hector and the Javelinas (3pm)
– Hands on children’s activities and exhibits with live marine and desert critters
– Desert and tide bits about the flora and fauna of the Gulf of California and Sonoran Desert

4 to 6 pm: The People of CEDO / La Gente del CEDO
– Music by: Last Call Girls (4pm) and Mariachi Espuelas de Plata (5pm)
– Special recognition for guests of honor:
* Dr. Donald Thomson, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona
* Heather Green, local Tucson artist and Gulf of California naturalist
– Keynote Speaker: Dr. Richard Cudney-Bueno, conservation scientist and Gulf of California program director, David and Lucile Packard Foundation

6 to 8 pm: Let’s Celebrate CEDO: Past and Future / Vamos a Celebrar CEDO: el Pasado y Futuro
– Music by: Michael J. Ronstadt (6pm) and Salvador Duran (7pm)
– Presentation of a special achievement award to CEDO by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (* Schedule Permitting)
– Stories from CEDO’s past and plans for the future

*** Schedule is subject to change. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with all of our friends, colleagues and supporters. Thank you to everyone over the last three decades who have made this possible. See you on May 1!

On November 6, come celebrate with us in Puerto Peñasco too. More information on that fiesta will be available at a later date, but save the date now to make sure you don’t miss it.

For more information email or call (520) 320-5473.