Monkey River Watershed Association Annual Press Meeting

Posted by on Feb 26, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
  On Friday, February 1, the Monkey River Watershed Association hosted a community meeting in Monkey River Village. The purpose was to present the working document ‘A Road Map for the Restoration of the Monkey River, Its Watershed and Its Shore,”  to community members and the funding agency, the United Nations Development Programme/ Small Grants […]

Wild Cat Research is Alive and Well at BFREE!

Posted by on Feb 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | No Comments
By Debi Willoughby, owner of Jungle Encounters Jungle Encounters is conducting a long term field research project at BFREE using trail cameras to gather information about the five species of wild cats native to Belize. The mission is to use this data to develop and maintain conservation practices throughout Belize that will benefit both the […]

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 […]

Meet Lauren, Hicatee Hero

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Lauren is BFREE Executive Director, Jacob Marlin’s niece. Last year, Lauren first learned of BFREE’s work to save the critically endangered hicatee turtle.  She immediately became a passionate advocate on their behalf, donating all of the change in her piggy bank. This summer, Lauren traveled to Belize along with her family to visit her uncle […]

Summer Intern Spotlight: Parr McQueen

Parr McQueen, an undergraduate student at the University of Richmond traveled to Belize with BFREE earlier this year along with thirteen other classmates. The Field Course led by Dr. Amy Treonis and Dr. Kristine Grayson was focused on using experiential field methods to learn how scientists study the natural world. Inspired by his trip and what […]

2017 BFREE Field Courses

BFREE 2017 Field Course Season¬†wraps up this month with 172 students and instructors visiting the Field Station from as far as Scotland and Alaska. Eleven courses in total, including two junior colleges and one primary school from Belize, all traveled to our small slice of paradise off the Southern Highway. BFREE field courses are each […]