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First Captive Bred Hicatee Turtles Hatch at HCRC/ Biodiversity of the Maya Mountains Now Available!/ Cacao Agroforestry Handbook in the Making/ 2015 Field Courses – Part I/ Oecologia Article Considers the Winter Ecology of Wood Thrushes



Introducing “Send a Kid to Camp” BFREE’s new campaign to send school children to camp at BFREE. Give today!

Special Edition/ The Bladen Review

BFREE’s second annual print publication is now online. Articles are contributed by staff and partners and cover topics such as bird and turtle conservation efforts, infrastructure improvements, educational programs, and staff development.

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International Pen Pals/ Field Season Wrap up/ Conference News/  William Garcia completes two-year C-EWCL training program/Conservation Biology article connects breeding and wintering grounds for Wood Thrush


Hicatee Confiscations help stock the HCRC/ A Rapid Multi-taxa Assessment of the “Oak Ridge” / New Species of Land Snail is Described/ BFREE Welcomes new Staff/ Spring Field Courses/Vermont Commons High School-BFREE Documentary


Developing a BFREE “Cool Spot” / The Buildings don’t Build Themselves/ Annual Board Meeting/ New Facilities/ Thank you to 2013 Donors



Investigating the Cacao Value Chain/ Solar Panels for the Bunkhouse/ BCARP Workshop/ BFREE In Print

Summer Special Edition/ The Bladen Review

The Bladen Review, BFREE’s new sixteen page publication, highlights growth activities both in Belize and at the US office over the past 18 months. Articles are contributed by staff and partners and cover topics such as bird and turtle conservation efforts, infrastructure improvements, educational programs, and staff development.

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BFREE Avian Tech Receives Internship/ New Composting Toilets/ Upcoming BFREE Events Abroad/ Resource Management Symposium/ A Student’s Reflection/ Notes from the Field/ Creature Feature: Oropendola


Birdathon Belize!, a competition and fundraiser for the Belize Raptor Research Institute (BRRI)/ Locating Wood Thrushes with Geolocators/ Grafting Cacao Trees/ Creature Feature: Glowing Fungi


New plant named for BFREE co-Founders/ BFREE employee receives prestigious internship/ BFREE goes to DC


Congratulations to published author, Daniel Dourson/ Buy the book!/ Staff Spotlight: Miguel Tzalam/ Population Dynamics of the Wood Thrush/ Volunteer Work at BFREE/ Sustainable Building: A New Camping Thatch/ Learning Through Experience: Experiential Education



Volunteering at BFREE/ Meeting Elmer Tzalam, Cacao Farm Manager/ Introducing BCARP, the Belize Cacao Agroforestry Restoration Project/ BFREE’s New Science Committee!/ Adopt-a-plant or animal or sponsor an apprentice with our new Adopt-a-program donations/ Buy a BFREE T-shirt and BFREE… in the jungle!


BFREE and National Geographic: Helping to Study and Conserve wild Harpy Eagles in Belize/ Creature Feature – Speckled Snailsucker by Dan Dourson/ Photo Gallery of Gainesville Events/ New Staff Intros/ Notes from the Field by Judy Dourson


US for BFREE has a new office/ Local Gainesville events at University of Florida, Santa Fe and in the community/ Introducing the Gainesville volunteers/ Harpy Eagle Education Program Update by William Garcia


Agroforestry at BFREE by Jacob Marlin/ Update on ‘Biodiversity of the Maya Mountains’/ UF Tourism Students Visit BFREE/ New BFREE Board Member – Michael Carrillo/ BFREE T-shirt designs/ Workshops Led by BFREE’s own Avian Program by William Garcia


New Website for BFREE/ New and Renovated Facilities: The Commons, Rainforest Science Conservation Lab, The Office/ Thanks for our great jungle adventure! A Reflection from Robert Jensen/ Notes from the Field: Collaborations Abound! by Judy Dourson


Harpy Eagle Sightings/Tourism Planning for BFREE/ ‘Biodiversity of the Bladen’ book update/ Earth Day Events/ March Madness! Research and Education Combine by Judy Dourson


Conservation Heroes at BFREE/ Conservation Awards Ceremony/ Creature Feature – Spiny Pocket Mouse by Dan Dourson/ Land Snail Workshop/ Notes from the Field – You Betta Belize it! by Judy Dourson


Awards and Recognition/ Workshops at BFREE/ BFREE Avian Conservation Sponsors/ William Garcia: An Emerging Leader/ BFREE: A Poem by Jennifer Cohen/ The World is Our Classroom: Seeing is Belizing by Mark Cline Lucey


University of Florida Partnerships/ Website Under Construction/ February Events – US for BFREE/ A Student’s Reflection by Sara Schultz/ A Journal Entry by Kelly Marlin



The Rainforest is our Classroom! New film about BFREE Educational Programs/ Chocolate Production at BFREE/ Annual Fund Drive/ Bird Belize! A New BFREE Eco-tour


This issue focuses on plans for growth and improvement at BFREE and includes: Entrance Road Improvements/ Harpy Eagle and Avian Conservation/ Friends of BFREE/ ‘Biodiversity of the Bladen Nature Reserve’ a book by Dan Dourson/ Educational Outreach

The Bladen Passage – October 2011

The Fosters Create BFREE’s Documentary Film Series by Jacob Marlin/ The Lost Valley by Dan Dourson/ Creature Feature – Scarab Beetle by Dan Dourson/ Staff Spotlight – Marcelino Pop by Judy Dourson/ The Rainforest is our Classroom! – Returning Partners – BFREE Welcomes University of Belize Biology Students – Wildland Studies – New Field Courses Join the BFREE Family – Eastern Kentucky University by Judy Dourson/ Research Ramblings: Migratory Bird Territory Study at BFREE by Ross Kresnik/Introducing BFREE’s Newest Team Member – Heather Barrett/ Upcoming Events


Friends of BFREE Social/ Conferences/ Turtle Survival Alliance Publication/ Upcoming Events/ Volunteer and Job Updates


Update from the Executive Director/ Hicatee Conservation and Research Center


The Bladen Passage – Holiday Edition

Update from the Executive Director/BFREE Co-hosts First Ever Hicatee Conservation Forum and Workshop in Belize/ BFREE Staff Member Tom Pop Participates as Research Assistant in First Country-Wide Survey of Hicatee Turtles Since the 1980’s/ BFREE’s Avian Monitoring and Conservation Program/ An Expression of Gratitude/ In Memory of Bruce Cullerton