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Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched #315207
12/18/08 05:39 PM
12/18/08 05:39 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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Long in the making, this field guide was finalized through the funding from Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Programme (COMPACT). It was an effort by many that made the fruition of the guide a reality. However, at the forefront of it was Director of Green Reef Mito Paz, had for years the dreams of printing a guide such as this one. With many great things being shaken up at Bacalar Chico, the manual came at an apropos time. With many more visitors to the area, students, professors and tourists, A Field Guide to the Natural History of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve will certainly prove to be highly informative.

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This important guide will be officially launched on Sunday, December 21st, 2008 at Rico’s Bar and Grill at 3:00 p.m. All are cordially invited and books will be available for purchase then.

Re: Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched [Re: Marty] #315231
12/18/08 09:54 PM
12/18/08 09:54 PM
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I have a copy and it is AWESOME....Mito did an excellent job.

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Re: Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched [Re: shuffles] #315245
12/19/08 01:32 AM
12/19/08 01:32 AM
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Will they be available to buy on-line?

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Re: Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched [Re: cherylvalentine] #316045
12/27/08 12:24 PM
12/27/08 12:24 PM
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Marty Offline OP

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[Linked Image] With the intentions of educating the public on the importance of this great natural reserve and to further promote the area as a tourist attraction, Director of Green Reef, Mito Paz officially launched the 400-plus field guide to the Bacalar Chico Natural Reserve. The book launch took place at Rico’s Bar and Grill on Sunday, December 21, 2008.

It took over two years to full accomplish and with a sigh of relief, Mito Paz was glad to launch the book that is filled with powerful and important information that teaches more about the importance of the natural reserve that has been designated a World Heritage Site.

Honorable Manuel Heredia was on hand to launch the book and was handed the first autographed copy of the guide by Mr. Paz. “The book is ideal for students to learn about the area and for local tourist guides to use as a handbook in their tours,” commented Mito. “I highly recommend the guide to just about everyone. It had great wealth of information, which includes vivid pictures of the flora and fauna of the area.”

The guide contains history of Bacalar which is located at the northern-most end of Ambergris Caye, bordering Chetumal, Mexico. The area encompasses a total of 28,169 acres, a third of it consisting of water in the form of lagoons, creeks, salt marsh and wetlands. Vivid pictures include that of the many animal and plants that inhabit the area.

The field guide was finalized through funding from the Community Management of Protected Areas Conservation Program (COMPACT) and is available at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Office located on Caribeña Street. For more information on the Bacalar Chico Reserve you can also log in at, but for an in-depth study of the reserve, the book is a must by.

*Milk chocolate: Belizean cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa liquor, milk powder, organic vanilla and soy lecithin. [Milk chocolate usually contains up to 45%.]

Re: Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched [Re: Marty] #316052
12/27/08 02:19 PM
12/27/08 02:19 PM
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Birdland - 1 mile north
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Almost unbelievable book! And only $50 BZ. Hopefully every dive master and tour guide working in Belize will have one in their hands every time they take people anywhere. I purchased one for my favorite dive instructor (Everette of Belize Diving Adventures) as a Christmas gift and one for my daughter here from OC in California. I have started reading mine and it is as interesting as any novel.

On Monday, with our books in hand, Everette took just the two of use on a tour around the islands. First we went down by Caye Caulker to fish and snorkel. We cut through the channel where South Beach is proposed to begin. I was shocked to find out that it is mostly water with stands of mangrove here and there. When people talk of swamp (which is what they call that area) I think of soggy land. There is NO LAND THERE. If South Beach is allowed to dredge and fill there it will be a shame.

Then we went up inside the lagoon and visited some beautiful islands. We were able to identify various trees and birds. We had a delicious beach (what the locals call) Bar-B-Q.

It was surprising to find many little islands with a handful of houses or a resort on each. Why it is all called Ambergris Caye I don’t know and why all of Ambergris Caye is called San Pedro Town is a mystery to me. Maybe someone can enlighten me.

Then we came all the way back down to enter the channel through the back side of town. This was one wonderful full day. I learn more about this amazing place all the time.

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Re: Bacalar Chico Field Guide to be launched [Re: ScubaLdy] #316055
12/27/08 05:26 PM
12/27/08 05:26 PM
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Thanks for the book review Harriette. I will certainly be getting one on my next visit.
As well, I will also be getting the new San Pedro cookbook! smile

Cheers, Gail cool

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