Birding and Fly-fishing in Belize

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Oh Belize. A beautiful country on Central America’s coast, Belize boasts spectacular diving and snorkeling, immense cave systems, beautiful rivers, dense jungles, and of course, hundreds and hundreds of birds. My husband and I arrived in Belize just after a late afternoon thunderstorm. It was the beginning of the rainy season, and a quiet time in Hopkins, a small Garifuna village in south-central Belize (they are much busier when it is winter in the US).

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What is the National Bird of Belize?

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And the Keel-billed Toucan , the national bird of Belize, is nothing if not easily recognizable. From 1786, when the British appointed a superintendent over the colony of Scottish and British settlers known as Baymen, until 1981, when it was granted independence, Belize, which was known until 1973 as British Honduras, was a colony of the United Kingdom. What does all of that have to do with how the Keel-billed Toucan became the national bird of Belize?

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Leonardo DiCaprio to build world’s greenest island resort in Belize

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Creole Accents and Conservation Ethics in the Heart of Belize

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Just past the Guatemala-Belize border, our Guatemalan driver pulled over. We got out, stretched our legs, and greeted Dirk, the driver of the van waiting to take us to our first project in Belize. Though Belize is tiny—it’s about the size of New Hampshire, with a total population of 300,000 people—it’s maintained its identity unique to the rest of Central America. Aqui les dejo,” he said. Buen viaje, nos vemos! ”

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Birding Belizean Jungle

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Belize gave me my first opportunity to see the jungle for myself, as well as its avian treasures! Because I had never birded in a truly tropical climate, our first morning in the Belize rainforest my husband and I went out with a guide at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge : Abel Garcia (you can find him at Upside Down Tours , or at I had one goal for our birding morning: to spot a Keel-billed Toucan , the national bird of Belize.

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How I used Compassion to Stop Someone from Killing Me.

Elephant Journal

Adventure Editor's Picks Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Non New-Agey Spirituality Belize buck the system compassion healing imperfection maitri rape self-compassion silver lining suffering vulnerabilityI didn’t walk out of the encounter untouched, but I walked out alive.

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How I Saw My First Jabiru

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While in Belize for my family vacation one of the birds I most wanted to see was a Jabiru. My best chance to see one would be during the three days we planned to spend in Hopkins, on the Caribbean coast of Belize. And the best location to see one would be in the marshy lands just west of Belize, through which Hopkins Road, the road that leads you to Hopkins from the Southern Highway, runs. So on our last full day in Belize we rented a cart and away we went!

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Birding the Sittee River

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While in Belize back in August one of the outings we signed up for was a boat ride along the Sittee River, a mangrove-lined and placid river that flows into the Caribbean just south of Hopkins. Maybe it’s better in winter when there are neotropical migrants around but on the entire boat trip the only new species we saw for the week-long, not-birding-intensive trip in Belize was the tiger-heron. Trips Belize Sittee River

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The Awesome Tree

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I’ve been back from Belize for several days now and have fully recovered from the chiggers, the sunburn, the sand flies, the rum, and the exhaustion of international travel. (I Trips Belize lazy birding Sleeping Giant LodgeI know, I know, poor me, right?)

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Eat this & Save the Caribbean?s Coral Reefs.

Elephant Journal

Z ADMIN Green Featured Today Z ADMIN Wellness Featured Today awareness Belize Caribbean coast Coastal communities conservation coral coral reefs Eat this eco environment Fisheries food green Lionfish mindfulness ocean oceans reef save sustain sustainableThe most important action you can take is to demand that your favorite seafood restaurants stop serving threatened or endangered species, like Bluefin Tuna, and ask them to start supplying and selling lionfish instead.

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Visit Guatemala with Birding Expeditions

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Our company is based in Guatemala but also offers tours in Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico. 10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations.

7 Embracing Eco-Caribbean Summer Destinations

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Due to the many natural wonders of its landscape, Belize is home to a wide variety of eco resorts and eco vacation opportunities. Similar to Belize, Costa Rica has the fortune of being home to a huge portion of the world’s biodiversity, so for anyone interested in exploring the flora and fauna of Central America and the Caribbean, this small country with its purple volcanoes and beaches of sea turtles is perfect for you. Images by 16:9clue used under the Creative Commons license.

Can Mangroves Adapt to Rising Seas?

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For instance, mangroves in Twin Cays, Belize, have created a layer of old roots and sediments that is 8 meters thick in some places. Adaptation Climate Change Marine Science Anna McIvor Belize blue carbon Cambridge Coastal Research Unit coastal areas coastal defense habitat loss mangrove mangrove forest marine Mark Spalding natural defense rising seas sea level rise soil build up soil change soil elevation The Nature Conservancy tidal forest Twin Cays Wetlands International

A much needed Trip

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Glovers Reef Atoll off Belize is a great place to visit if you are looking to rough it a bit and enjoy the tranquility and peace with very little people there. I am voting for my next eco trip to be in Belize but again I am a beach bum and would never be caught in Antarctica! Tagged: Africa , Belize , Camp Jubalini , eco-friendly , Glovers Reef Atoll , Lindblad Expeditions , Maho Bay , St John , vacation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Unveils Plans For Eco-Friendly Resort


Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio is finally building a multimillion-dollar ecotourism resort on his own private island off the coast of Belize. This news isn’t exactly new. Ten years ago, Read More The post Leonardo DiCaprio Unveils Plans For Eco-Friendly Resort appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment Lifestyle News Top News leonardo dicaprio

Fund an Awesome Bike Film, Win Cool Prizes

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It all started when the band was singing a song called “Ride to Believe&# at a party and a strange asked, misunderstanding, asked, “What does that mean, ‘ride to Belize’?&# And then the band’s drummer said, “Ride to Belize! Let’s ride our bikes on tour all the way through Mexico to Belize!&#. Click here to view the embedded video. In 2007, the Ginger Ninjas set off on their first tour. Through Mexico. By bike.

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Petrichor: The Scent of Rain on Dry Earth. ~ Andrea Charpentier

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Belize. I am thirty years old. It''s June, the rainy season is approaching and I look forward to the storms, waiting for the rain like a lost love. A briny smell is in the air that is as refreshing as it is intoxicating. Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Literary Journal WAYLON: Editor''s Picks environment green rain

Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2017?

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Corey is back from Belize and planning to return to the comforting embrace of Jamaica Bay NWR. Mid-August may feel like the doldrums where you are, but you can trust that more birds are coming your way. Hang in there! My daughter just got a sweet new pair of Wingspan Optics ProBirder Ultra HD 8X32 Compact Binoculars that we need to break in (but not break) this weekend. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2017?

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Because Corey and his family just journeyed to Belize for some serious Neotropical bird looking! Real seasons shift more quickly and subtly than our crude quartile scheme suggests. While the calendar asserts that we in the Northern Hemisphere are merely midway through summer, birds are beginning to feel autumnal breezes blowing. We’re entering a new season now, one that will see shorebirds and songbirds alike on the move. Don’t you love that?

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Awash in Waste in the Gulf of Honduras


Cigarettes, plastic bags, food containers, caps, plastic bottles, and more litter the beaches in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Waste management in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras is not just an aesthetic issue, it is a serious public health and environmental problem, says Mercedes Lu, ELAW Staff Scientist. Data from Belize indicate that approximately half of the waste there is not collected.

Fall Hawk Migration Hotspots

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Super Hot-spot: Toledo District, Belize – Central Flyway. Super Hot-spot: Toledo District, Belize – Central Flyway. Our favorite birds of prey fly south. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird. I would fly about the earth. seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot). Appearing now (or very soon) at a Flyway near you – fall raptor migration! Thanks to for sharing tallies from over 300 North American (and Central American) sites.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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So, if you are going to write a field guide on the birds of the countries south and east of Mexico–Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—it makes the utmost sense that you embrace the whole geographic area. This book is a field guide treat for traveling birders and birders who love to fantasize about travel, answering that age-old question, “I’m going on a trip to [fill in the blank—Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras], what field guide should I use?”.

Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Press and Birds of Belize by H. But, there is the excellent Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, with illustrations by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, published in 2016.

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Rainforest Preservation in the Petén

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Petén contains the largest continuous forest north of the Amazon, a wilderness area that spans Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Creole Accents and Conservation Ethics in the Heart of Belize From Flores, the capital of the Petén region in northern Guatemala, we headed north, through the dense jungle of the Maya Biosphere Reserve to Carmelita—the most remote town in Guatemala, the last stop before the Mexican border.

Cry “Havoc!” or a Birding Movie before the Birding Movie

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If you are not familiar with the story, it’s about an Anglo-Irish mercenary, Jamie Shannon (played by Christopher Walken), hired to overthrow the regime in a fictional Western African country (it was actually filmed in Belize, Central America) and prior to the real thing, he was doing a reconnaissance trip posing as a “rare birds photographer”. Can you remember any birding movie before Schrodinger’s Cat? Probably not.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Orange Is the New Beak, and a Dead Parrot (No Joke!)

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Or maybe you’re visiting Belize, Guatemala, Paraguay, or the Bahamas? If you’ve got some downtime between barbecues and fireworks (or, outside of the U.S., obsessing over World Cup matches), here’s some bird news to peruse: Loss of suitable habitat , instead of insecticides, seems to be the culprit in declining numbers of grassland birds. Know what else kills grassland birds? Ill-timed mowing … which a petition aims to stop in New York’s Hudson Valley. Meanwhile, in San Jose, Calif.,

WWF Calls for Substantial Conservation Measures for Tuna and Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean


The members of the IATTC are: Belize, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, European Union, France, Guatemala, Japan, Kiribati, Korea, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Chinese Taipei, United States, Vanuatu, Venezuela.

How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

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Ernesto and another local guide and ornithologist, Juan Diego Vargas, have theorized that Las Brisas might be situated at a strategic point where Ceruleans and other migrants make their first stop after flying from another important stopover point in Belize and Guatemala because more seem to be seen at Las Brisas than other sites with similar habitats in Costa Rica. In the birding world, May is the beautiful time.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea and Panama top the list. Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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And the results are indicative, representative and nothing short of surprising: Brunei, The Gambia, Belize, Jamaica, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Rwanda, Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Haiti top the list. The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

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eBird Photo Quizzes: A Great Way to Prepare for a Trip

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But my experiences in Belize and Honduras give me a good basis in the birds of the region and I have plenty of time to study and learn what to expect with the endemics. In a little less than two weeks my family and I will be enjoying a long weekend on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. While June is not the best time of year to get huge numbers of neotropical migrants it did work out perfectly for us in terms of when we could go and find a really good deal to take advantage of.

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Black-necked Stilts at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

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” Though I have seen stilts in Aruba and Belize, I had yet to add them to my American list, making me extra happy to see them. I was in Jacksonville, Florida for a conference on Living Shorelines, a restoration technique for coastal areas throughout the Southeast. For day 2 of the conference, we headed out to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve to look at some in-progress projects. Luckily for me, there was time afterwards for a little birding.

Biodiversity Hotspots and Their Importance


Saving biodiversity hotpots, those places on Earth with an abundance of life, are at the forefront of conservation efforts today. We now understand that Earth’s ability to provide the clean air and water and moderate temperatures humans need to survive is dependent upon its entire web of life working in harmony which is the reason why the importance of biodiversity hotspots grows with every new claim of the natural environment. Each species plays an important role within the larger web of life.

A Tale of Two Turkeys

Nature Conservancy - Science

The ocellated turkey is found only on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, the ocellated turkey ( Meleagris ocellata ) bears a certain resemblance to the American wild turkey. The return of the American wild turkey is either an incredible conservation success or too much of a good thing, depending on who you ask. Photo: © Mark Godfrey. With Thanksgiving only two weeks away, it’s time to talk turkey. Actually, two turkeys. And very different ones at that.

Dawn in South Carolina

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She also had amazing stories of birding in Belize and Costa Rica, and we swapped favorite birding tales during the 2.5 Near the turn of the 20th century, wealthy influencer Bernard Baruch bought coastal property in South Carolina. In just a few years he had consolidated over a dozen plantations, accumulating nearly 16,000 acres of coastal forest, saltmarsh, and beach. His daughter Belle fell in love with the property, known as Hobcaw Barony, eventually making it her permanent home.

What is a Cardinal?

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Its common name, however, is a bit of a misnomer, unless “Northern” refers to the landmass north of the equator; this species extends from some southern Canadian provinces through the entirety of the eastern United States into Mexico and down to Guatemala and Belize. In all of North America, only one avian species serves as both the beloved mascot of seven states as well as the totem to two professional sports teams (and an infinity of amateur ones!)

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Adventures in Sustainable Agriculture–Guatemala | Wend Magazine.

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Related Posts Creole Accents and Conservation Ethics in the Heart of Belize Posted March 2nd, 2011 by Megan Kimble. Posted in: Green Living Project Tags: Belize , farm , Green Living Project , Guatemala Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. Get the FREE Wend Digital Edition! Magazine Blog iWend Greenery Digital Edition Wend Your Way Subscribe iWend What is iWend?

Review: Alan Rabinowitz’s An Indomitable Beast

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While working in the Smoky Mountains, a meeting with legendary conservationist George Schaller led to an assignment in Belize, where Rabinowitz set up the world’s first jaguar reserve. In Belize, where I first worked closely with the jaguar, I viewed people who lived among the jaguars mostly as antagonists to the animal’s survival and my own conservation efforts. Jaguar, the indomitable beast. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar.

Diving New Zealand – Goat Island

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Diving has taken me to places like Belize, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Egypt, places that coincidentally are fun to bird. In my opinion, if you’re a birder you should diver too. Not because you generally see many birds while diving, although the experience of seeing shearwaters flying underwater while cage diving, as I once did, was one I think most birders would enjoy. But no, the reason I think birders should be divers is because it ticks, figuratively, many of the same boxes.

Meet the Ocellated Turkey

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Found only on the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, the ocellated turkey ( Meleagris ocellata ) certainly bears a resemblance to the American wild turkey. An ocellated turkey male. Photo: (C) Yeray Seminario, By Matt Miller, senior science writer. I know: turkeys are hard to avoid this week. Some 45 million will be served on Thanksgiving Day across the United States, to say nothing of turkey decorations, turkey trivia and turkey pardons.

Fruit For Birds

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This is a photo that my friend Larry Sirvio took in Belize. Something has always puzzled me in my years working in the bird feeding industry: why don’t we offer more fresh fruit to birds in our yards? Oh sure, you can find mixes with dried fruit like banana chips and raissins. Heck you can even find mixes with heavy fruit flavoring…but why don’t we offer fresh fruit scraps to birds on tray feeders instead?

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The Long Reach of the Poor Knights

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The Poor Knights were internationally famous and often turned up in those inevitable lists of “top places to dive&# along with Cocos Island, Sipadan, the Great Barrier Reef, Truk Lagoon, Bikini Atoll and the Blue Hole in Belize. I’ve subsequently managed to dive in some spectacular destinations, including Turneffe Atoll in Belize, the Great Astrolabe Reef in Fiji, the kelp forests of Monterey and the wreck of the President Coolidge in Vanuatu.

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Mayfly Madness, Whale-Ship Collisions, and Microbial Detox

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Drones provide “eyes in the sky” to protect Belize’s barrier reef from illegal fishing. Although blue whale hunting has been banned since 1966, populations are not increasing as expected. The largest tracking study so far shows that whale-ship collisions are partly responsible. Photo credit: NOAA Photo Library via Flickr under Creative Commons 2.0 license. By Marty Downs, Bob Lalasz, Matt Miller, Lisa Feldkamp and Cara Byington of the TNC Science Communications team.