Hicatee Awareness Month 2018 Wrap Up

Hicatee Awareness Month 2018 The Hicatee turtle, a national treasure for Belize, is seriously under threat due to over-hunting for human consumption. Listed as critically endangered, Belize offers the highest chance for its survival. Because the Hicatee is in need of greater protection and innovative conservation actions, Turtle Survival Alliance and BFREE launched Hicateee Awareness Month, a country-wide awareness campaign […]

Hicatee Awareness Month in the News

Hicatee Awareness Month in the News! HCRC Manager, Thomas Pop, Field Course Leader, Nelly Cadle, and Science & Education Fellow, Jaren Serano had the distinct honor of being interviewed about BFREE, the HCRC, and all things Hicatee on news outlets thoughout Belize during October. We are thrilled that the media helped in bringing positive attention to work […]

BFREE Donation Needs

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Thank you for choosing to donate to BFREE! Due to our remoteness and the harsh tropical climate, obtaining and maintaining supplies can be a great challenge for BFREE staff. Please use this guide as a reference point for up-to-date needs at the BFREE Research Station. We can provide a letter acknowledging the dollar value of your […]

Hicatee Health Check

This year’s first Hicatee health check  took place on April 4th and 5th at the Hicatee Conservation & Research Center (HCRC). The HCRC, a joint effort between BFREE and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA), is a captive-breeding facility for the critically endangered Central American River Turtle (more commonly known as Hicatee). Captive-breeding offers the potential […]

Soaring with Solar

After 23 years of BFREE being an off-the-grid solar powered field station, nothing has changed, except now we have a centralized 7.5 kw state of the art solar system which is 7 -10 times more productive and has energy storage capacity more than 20 times what was on-site before. The system also has a backup […]

Instagram Takeover featuring Kaitlin Elgrim

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in Blog, Field Course | No Comments
@BFREEBZ Instagram Takeover: Sharing Real Experiences from the People & Wildlife at BFREE The BFREE Biological Research Station and privately protected area in southern Belize host numerous student study abroad courses, volunteers, researchers and scientist from around the world each year. Our remote location in the rainforest means our visitors must unplug from their devices […]

Instagram Takeover featuring Justin Brown

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Blog, Education | No Comments
@BFREEBZ Instagram Takeover: Sharing Real Experiences from the People & Wildlife at BFREE The BFREE Biological Research Station and privately protected area in southern Belize host numerous student study abroad courses, volunteers, researchers and scientist from around the world each year. Our remote location in the rainforest means our visitors must unplug from their devices […]

Belize Represented During COP23

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Climate change has been felt by many as extreme weather events have already devastated many Caribbean nations this year. It is more important than ever that globally, nations are working together to combat global warming. Belize was no stranger to these discussions as last week concluded the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the […]

Hicatee Awareness Month FAQ

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Blog, Turtle Conservation | No Comments
Hicatee Awareness Month is well underway with lots of exciting updates and opportunities to get involved. We’ve compiled a list of important links so that you don’t miss anything!  ‘Hope For Belize’s Hicatee: Central American River Turtle’ A 16-minute natural history documentary is now available to watch on YouTube. This film highlights the cultural significance […]

BFREE Summer Internship Reflection

BFREE Summer Internship Reflection By: Jaren Serano This summer I had the opportunity to be a part of something very special. I became immersed in a unique classroom with seemingly no boundaries. It all started on July 31st, 2017, this part of my internship I would like to refer to it simply as “the walk”.  I was […]