GatoLiberato “Gato” Pop began working as an Avian Technician with BFREE in 2008 when he was just 16 years old. Gato has been instrumental in collecting information on the rare Harpy Eagle found in the Bladen Nature Reserve. He is highly skilled at identifying birds by both sight and song. When not at BFREE, Gato researches the Solitary Eagle with the Belize Raptor Research Institute. Gato lives with his family in Bladen Village.


Rotenberg, J.A., Marlin, J.A., Pop, L & Garcia, W. (2012). First record of a harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) nest in Belize. Journal of Ornithology, 124(2): 292-297.