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Belize Birding Festival #531555
07/29/18 06:14 AM
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The Belize Birding Festival will be happening the last long weekend of October at the NATS grounds.

Home to more than 600 species of birds—including the keel-billed toucan, harpy eagle, blue-crowned motmot and endangered jabiru stork and scarlet macaw—Belize is a bird-watcher's Eden. The country is so forested that birders can sometimes spot up to 50 species in a single excursion. This year, the first Belize Birding Festival is being held at the National Agriculture & Trade Showgrounds in Belmopan on October 25-28. The four day event will include different speakers, vendors and art exhibitors, guided tours, and other special events.

Belize is an ideal and laid-back country, perfect for the casual or hard-core birder seeking an introduction to neotropical birding. With dozens of birding hotspots and several regional endemic species located throughout the country, you can start getting those lifers in any corner of this Jewel.

As a result, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) has partnered with the Belize Hotel Association and Belize Audubon Society to host the 1st Annual Belize Birding Festival on October 25-28, 2018 in the City of Belmopan. Counting on the attendance of industry partners including hotels/resorts, DMCs, tour agencies, NGOs, local artists, and public interested in birding! So, mark your calendars for October 25-28, 2018 and plan to join us in celebrating the first Belize birding festival!

Details about the event are still being finalized, so stay tuned for any updates.

Re: Belize Birding Festival [Re: Marty] #532473
09/25/18 11:30 AM
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Dr. Oliver Komar at the Belize Birding Festival

Meet our Keynote Presenter, Dr. Oliver Komar, who Co- Authored the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North Central America, is the keynote speaker for the first ever Belize Birding Festival. Get excited!

Join us for a panel presentation with stakeholders as the first item of the Belize Birding Festival 2018! Representatives from Belize Audubon Society, Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), and Belize Tourism Board will be speaking on Belize's "avian tourism" as a sustainable marketing tool, developing Belize as a birding destination in this niche market, how to build your capacity, and much more.

The Birding Festival is jointly organized by the Belize Tourism Industry Association, Belize Audobon Society, Belize Hotel Association, and Belize Tourism Board in an effort to raise awareness for the nearly 600 feathered species that are found in Belize.

The Birding Festival will start with a three-hour birdwatch expedition in the streets of Belmopan followed by a keynote address from Dr. Oliver Komar, the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America. There will also be talks, video and photography presentations, and a guided bird walk in the afternoon. The Birding Festival will conclude with a cocktail party and networking event.

Attendees interested in joining the early morning urban birdwatch should assemble at the Belmopan Market Square no later than 6:00 AM. The main event will begin at 9:30 AM at the George Price Center in Belmopan with a rendition of the national anthem and opening remarks. Dr. Komar’s keynote addressed is scheduled for 11:45 AM and will include a question and answer session. Dr. Komar will also conduct a field identification workshop at 2:00 PM. The afternoon guided bird walk will begin at 3:30 PM and take place at St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park. The cocktail party will begin at 5:30 PM at Scotchies Restaurant and Bar in Belmopan.

Dr. Oliver Komar is a professor of biodiversity, ecology, and agro-ecology at Zamorano University in Honduras. An experienced naturalist, Dr. Komar has studied the birds of Central America for 27 years and has conducted several field research trips to study birds in Belize. Dr. Komar is the author of more than 200 academic papers about birds in Central America. Dr Komar was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University and obtained a doctorate in avian ecology from the University of Kansas.

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10/18/18 11:29 AM
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Meet Jason Tiesman and his topics of presentation for the "Bird Photography" portion of the Belize Birding Festival 2018. Get excited!

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10/26/18 12:36 PM
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Are you all ready for the Belize Birding Festival tomorrow?Our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Oliver Komar is here and ready for all things birding at the Belize Birding Festival 2018 tomorrow in Belmopan! Get excited! We will be birding at 6am for the Belize Audubon Urban Birdwatch. See you there!

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11/06/18 06:52 AM
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Our annual fundraiser Night out for the Birds was a roaring success. We are overjoyed to announce that we raised over $12,500BZ to help keep BBR up and running!

A massive thank you to everyone that supported us, to our donors and sponsors and to our glorious hosts, Corkers Restaurant & Wine Bar who absolutely made our night!!!

Full story and more photos, visit our blog:

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11/16/18 08:28 PM
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Didn’t make it out to the first annual Belize Birding Festival? No worries, watch our video to see what it was like and mark your calendars for the 2019 edition.

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