Recommended Reading

Below are a few books and articles that can help prepare you for your journey to the Maya Mountains of Belize, Central America.


Available For Purchase

Biodiversity of the Maya Mountains: A focus on the Bladen Nature Reserve by Daniel C. Dourson

Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman’s Fight to Save the World’s Most Beautiful Bird by Bruce Barcott

Jaguar: One Man’s Struggle to Establish the World’s First Jaguar Preserve by Alan Rabinowitz

Available for Free Online

Belize’s Ecosystems: Threats and Challenges to Conservation in Belize by Colin Young

History of Protected Area Designation, Co-management and Community Participation in Belize by Colin Young And Dr. Robert Horwich in Taking Stock: Belize at 25 Years of Independence

Identification of Deforestation and Forest Degradation Drivers in Belize: Program for the Reduction of Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Central America and the Dominican Republic by Juanita Garcia-Saqui, Pio Saqui and Santos Chicas

Additional related readings:

Biodiversity Loss

Banana: The Fate of the Fruit that Changed the World by Dan Koeppel

Breakfast Of Biodiversity: The Political Ecology of Rain Forest Destruction by John Vandermeer

Tropical Nature: Life and Death in the Rainforests of Central and South America by Adrian Forsyth and Ken Miyata

Birds, Chocolate, Forests

Johnson, R.J., Jedlicka, J.A., Quinn, J.E., and Brandle, J.R. 2011. Global Perspective on Birds in Agricultural Landscapes. Chapter In Integrating Agriculture, Conservation and Ecotourism: Examples from the Field, Pages 55-140.

Nations, J.D. 2006. The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities. University of Texas Press. 285 pages.

Parrish, J., Reitsma, R. and Greenberg, R. 2003. Cacao as Crop and Conservation Tool.

Rice, R. and Greenberg, R. 2000. Cacao Cultivation and the Conservation of Biological Diversity. 2000. Ambio 29:167-173.

Have others that you would like to recommend for fellow travelers to Belize and BFREE? Please email and we will add them to our list!
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