BFREE Fundraiser in Washington, D.C.

On February 4th, BFREE hosted a social and fundraiser at Levine Music in Washington D.C. The event was attended by over 120 supporters interested in hearing about chocolate’s connection to rainforest conservation.  The event marked the launch of a new campaign to raise capital for the Cacao Discovery Center, The CDC will be a centralized multipurpose […]

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 – […]

10 Tips for a Successful Trip!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, Education | No Comments
Preparing to study abroad can be a hectic time, you’re about to jump into a new environment with a different culture and it may be your first time out of the country.  Don’t sweat it, BFREE is here to help. With our ten tips for a successful trip you are bound to have an amazing […]

Hicatee Health Check

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Blog, Hicatee turtles | One Comment
Between September 17 and 19, the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) team joined BFREE staff in Belize during mid-September to perform annual health checks on all of the turtles at the Hicatee Conservation and Research Center (HCRC). The team consisted of Dr. Shane Boylan and Dr. Thomas Rainwater who were joined by Dr. Isabel Paquet, a […]

First Sighting of Harpy Eagle at BFREE!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Bird Conservation, Blog | No Comments
September 9, 2016. At approximately 11:30 am, Tom Pop, Manager of the HCRC at BFREE, was doing routine work at the turtle ponds when he heard a bird call above him. Because of his training as an avian technician and his work with the BFREE bird project, Tom immediately recognized the call as that of […]

Happy 50th Birthday, Jacob!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | One Comment
Jacob Marlin is a person driven by his passion for a calling. At an early, this calling drew him outside into the parks, waterways, and wild areas of his hometown, Washington, DC. He would spend days, nights, and weekends riding his bike, lifting rocks, searching for snakes and other wildlife in places most people avoid. […]

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 […]