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Adopt a Cacao Tree

In 2015, cacao beans discovered on wild trees within the BFREE Privately Protected Area were submitted for genetic testing to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Fund (HCP). The results determined that this could be the original chocolate tree, 100% pure Criollo parentage, grown and revered by the ancient Mayan Civilizations, and one of the few pure […]

Congratulations Drs. James Rotenberg and Vibeke Olson on your retirement!

Congratulations to long-time BFREE supporters, field course leaders, researchers, and adventurers, Drs. Jamie Rotenberg and Vibeke Olson on their recent retirement from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Extraordinary husband and wife team, Jamie and Vibeke, have been visiting BFREE for nearly two decades as professors bringing field courses, as researchers, with their graduate students, […]

Restore Our Earth — Happy Earth Day!

Today marks what is now the most widely observed secular holiday across the globe, Earth Day! Celebrated April 22nd annually, organizations and individuals come together to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year’s earthday.org theme is “Restore Our Earth.” The theme rejects the notion that mitigation or adaptation are the only ways to address climate […]

Take Action, be a Hicatee Hero!

How You Can Help the Hicatee The Hicatee Conservation and Research Center at the BFREE Field Station and Privately Protected Area invites your support and action this Hicatee Awareness Month and year-round. Some ways to help include: Be a Hicatee Hero; wear the cape and make the Hicatee Promise! Get creative, a blanket, towel, or […]