The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017 in Bird Conservation, Blog, Education | No Comments

The Belize Cacao Agroforestry Handbook is now complete and available in Belize. A joint effort between BFREE and UNC Wilmington’s Department of Environmental Studies with significant input from experts at the Cocoa Research Centre at the University of the West Indies, the handbook describes the benefits of sustainable agriculture for humans, wildlife and forests. The 70-page […]

New Shower at the Bunkhouse

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Blog, Facilities | No Comments

This January, students and other BFREE visitors will be able to take advantage of the new shower facility at the bunkhouse. The concrete structure includes three private showers and two sinks. The construction team included Thomas Chub, Jacob Marlin, Elmer Tzalam, and Cesario Pop with additional help with clearing and site prep by Tom Pop, Pedro […]

Primary School Book Drive

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments

Today, I’m writing to you as a reader and a lover of books.  Some of my fondest early memories involve Saturday morning visits to our neighborhood library in North Carolina. My dad and I would browse our favorite sections and leave with stacks of books.  When we reached home, he would recline in his chair […]

Agami Heron Study at BFREE

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Bird Conservation, Blog | 3 Comments

During 2016, BFREE began gathering data on Agami Herons and their nesting site on the edge of BFREE’s property, the Agami Lagoon. Students, staff and other visitors have helped with the project by recording their observations and specifically by counting pairs and nests. Because Agamis are only at the lagoon during their nesting season – […]

Finalist in Wildlife Vaasa Film Festival

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Bird Conservation, Blog, Education | No Comments

BFREE’s documentary film, “Wings of Hope,” was selected as a finalist in Finland’s Wildlife Vaasa – International Nature Film Festival. Created by Emmy-award winning filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster of Wildlife Film Productions, and produced by Carol Foster and Jacob Marlin of BFREE, the film is about the re-discovery of wild Harpy Eagles in Belize.  “Wings […]

BFREE’s new road sign!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, Facilities | No Comments

For those who have been to BFREE, the adventure begins while driving down the Southern Highway and continues to build when reaching the junction to the BFREE entrance road. Prior to their arrival, each visitor is made well aware that their destination lies at the end of the 6-mile dirt road and, to get there, they must walk. The journey […]

Latest Hicatee turtle hatchlings for the HCRC

  On May 6 and 7, four Hicatee turtles hatched under the watchful eyes of wildlife filmmakers, Richard and Carol Foster, who documented the exciting events. They captured this amazing footage. The Fosters’ were contracted by the Turtle Survival Alliance and BFREE to produce a short documentary film in order to to improve local awareness and appreciation […]

2016 Field Courses

Posted by on Jun 22, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments

BFREE  hosted 210 students and instructors through our field courses this season. Groups came from the United States and from within Belize to engage in hands-on learning.  While at BFREE, students were introduced to on-going conservation projects at the field station like the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center and the cacao and coffee agroforest. Some students took the opportunity […]

Workshop designs strategy to safeguard long-term survival of the Hicatee turtle in Belize

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, Research | No Comments

On February 25-26, 2016, Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) in collaboration with Turtle Survival Alliance, the Belize Fisheries Department, and the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens hosted the 2nd Hicatee Conservation Forum and Workshop at the BFREE Field Station in southern Belize.  Unique to Belize, Guatemala and Mexico, the Central American River Turtle, […]