Dr. Rotenberg presents Bird Research at Canadian Conference

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Bird Conservation, Blog, Research | No Comments
This July, Dr. James Rotenberg of University of North Carolina, Wilmington presented his research at The Association of Field Ornithologists, the Society of Canadian Ornithologists / Société des ornithologistes du Canada, and the Wilson Ornithological Society joint annual meetings at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada. His presentation “Passive point counts of wintering Neotropical migratory […]

2015 Field Courses – Part II

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog, Education | No Comments
BFREE groups came from the U.S. and from within Belize to engage in topics ranging from Architecture to Agriculture to Protected Areas to Biology. April Field Courses “Future Science Teachers of Belize,” Stann Creek Ecumenical Junior College, Belize – Though not quite a field course, these self-motivated young teachers-to-be, journeyed to BFREE on a Saturday […]

Hicatee Hatchlings – Three months old & Growing!!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2015 in Blog, Research | No Comments
The seven Hicatee hatchlings (Dermatemys mawii) born to the HCRC in June 2015 are extremely healthy and growing rapidly. In just three short months each has more than doubled their size and weight. During this period, Thomas Pop, HCRC Manager, has been conducting feeding trials to determine preferred diet and activity periods. Food items offered […]

“Wings of Hope” lands on YouTube

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Bird Conservation, Blog | One Comment
BFREE’s new film, Wings of Hope, was released on YouTube in August.  The 20-minute documentary chronicles the re-discovery of a population of wild Harpy Eagles in the Maya Mountains of southern Belize. The film showcases the history of the BFREE and University of North Carolina, Wilmington initiative born from this discovery – the Integrated Community-based Harpy Eagle and […]

Cacao-based Agroforestry Handbook

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in News | No Comments
Now in its 3rd year, the Belize Cacao-based Agroforestry Project (BCARP) is on the path to broadening its reach by producing an illustrated guidebook to be distributed around the country.  The BCARP seeks to expand habitat for over-wintering neotropical migratory birds and other wildlife by converting environments such as farmland and secondary growth forest to […]

First captive bred Hicatee Turtles hatch at HCRC

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in News, Research | No Comments
Six months after a clutch of eight Hicatee eggs was found buried at the waters’ edge at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) in December of 2014, hatchlings began to emerge from their eggs.  These are the first hatchlings in the captive breeding program established by the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) and BFREE at […]

2015 Field Courses – Part I

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Education, News | No Comments
BFREE was proud to host 147 students and instructors through our field courses this season. Groups came from the United States and from within Belize to engage in topics ranging from Architecture to Agriculture to Protected Areas to Biology.  Rainforest experiences lasted anywhere from a day to a week, while the entire time spent in country […]

BAL Shrimp & the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
On Saturday, April 11, a team of 4 staff members from Belize Aquaculture Limited (BAL Shrimp) spent a good portion of the day doing some much needed work at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC). Both ponds had multiple slow leaks in the thick black liners. With 22 Hicatee turtles in residence in the […]

Oecologia article considers the winter ecology of Wood Thrushes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Bird Conservation, News | No Comments
Emily McKinnon, bird biologist and Research Affiliate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba, conducted a significant portion of her doctoral field research at the BFREE field station. In her May 27 blog post, “Jungle life is not always easy for Wood Thrushes,”  McKinnon summarized her research and announced the resulting Oecologia article. […]

Turtle Survival Alliance blog post features Belize

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Blog | No Comments
The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) recently featured a blog post describing their February visit to the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC) at BFREE. Check it out below! TSA Deploys Team to Belize by Heather Lowe The TSA assembled a team recently to travel to Belize to begin implementation of two grants designed to improve […]