Yucatan conservation group Niños y Crias A.C., has won the National Award for Ecological Merit 2015 for its 16 years of work with flamingos in Río Lagartos and Celestun.

Niños y Crias studies the flamingo colonies, monitors the health of the wetlands and works with coastal communities, giving environmental education seminars and organizing clean ups to remove garbage that may harm the birds and other species.

Thanks to its efforts and those of biosphere reserve staff, other conservation partners and the communities themselves, they have seen the flamingo population in the Yucatan rise from 4,500 to 22,000 in 2014.