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2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival #537377
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Belize, get ready for the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival! Join us in San Ignacio to celebrate all things birding during our exhibition, panel discussions, workshops, keynote presenations, and much more. Featuring:

- Dr. John Fitzpatrick (Director, Cornell Lab)
- Serge Arias (CEO, Birdwatching Central America)
- Dr. H. Lee Jones (Author, 'Birds of Belize')

Save the Date! Registration: http://bit.ly/RegisterBBF

Belize Birding Festival 2019
October 19-20th, 2019
San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio, Cayo

www.belizebirdingfestival.bz



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Re: 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival [Re: Marty] #537468
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Belize Birding Festival Exhibitor Registration now open!

Interested in participating as an exhibitor at the 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival? Registration NOW OPEN! Register here: http://bit.ly/BBFexhibitor

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Re: 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival [Re: Marty] #538437
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Second Annual Belize Birding Festival takes flight in October

Any time of year is a good one for birding in Belize, but fall migration assures some very impressive birds. Therefore, it’s only apropos that the annual Belize Birding Festival is held in October. This year’s two-day festival is scheduled for the weekend on October 19th at the beautiful San Ignacio Resort in San Ignacio, Cayo District. Each year international and local birders flock to this celebration to partake in birding tours, presentations from renowned guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, exhibition booths hosted by hoteliers, tour operators, birding clubs, and non-profit organizations and enjoy camaraderie with fellow birders and nature lovers. It’s a grand weekend for birds of a feather!

Guest speakers this year include Dr. John Fitzpatrick, American ornithologist primarily known for his research work on the South American avifauna and Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will discuss How Can Birds Save the World. Dr. Lee Jones, author of the well-known Birds of Belize book, will hold a workshop presentation on the identification of Shorebirds of Belize and Serge Aria, CEO and Founder of Bird Watching Central America, will present on the development and sustainability of bird-based tourist destinations regarding International markets and opportunities for Belize and Central America. These birding experts will also partake in select tours on the morning of the 20th.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the My Beautiful Belize Blog

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The Belize Birding Festival welcomes local and international birders and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance their appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the natural habitat, throughout the length and breadth of the country, that the almost 590 resident and migratory birds of Belize live in. Enjoy the day strolling through vendor booths, attending workshops, join a group for a birding tour, share photos and experiences about your birding adventures. It's not too late to register!

https://www.belizebirdingfestival.bz/

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It’s not too late to sign up for the Belize Birding Festival! Don’t miss out on a great weekend of birding, amazing guest speakers, exhibits and fun!

Re: 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival [Re: Marty] #538855
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2019 Belize Birding Festival was a Success

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The Belize Tourism Industry Association in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society and the Belize Hotel Association hosted its 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel this October 19 and 20. The Festival provided an opportunity for international and local birders to participate in birding tours, sit on presentations from renowned guest speakers, engage in bird identification workshops, and attend exhibition booths displayed by hoteliers, tour operators, birding clubs, and non-profit organizations.

This year’s Belize Birding Festival was a two-day activity-filled event which took advantage of the bird migration taking place in Belize during this peak season. Day 1 of the event started at 6:00 a.m. with an early morning “Birding at Dawn” tour on-site of the San Ignacio Resort Hotel’s private estate, this included the presence of birders and photographers– from beginners and amateurs to serious birders and pros. After the tour, participants were greeted with light breakfast and refreshments.

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The official ceremony began at 10:00 a.m. with the Keynote Address given by Dr. John Fitzpatrick, American Ornithologist primarily known for his research work on the South American Avifauna and Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, as he spoke on How Can Birds Save the World which followed by a panel discussion on Birding & Tourism- E-birds as a Marketing Tool in the Growing Niche Market Belize with Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Roni Martinez (an experienced Belizean birder) and Serge Arias.

Throughout the day, birders enjoyed the day strolling through vendor booths, shared photos and experiences about their birding adventures as lucky winners took home amazing prizes from the raffle giveaways provided by industry stakeholders. The day ended with an evening cocktail hour at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and a recognition ceremony for the Sponsors who assisted in making the event a reality.

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On Day 2 of the event, birders had the option of a free ‘Birding at Dawn Tour’ at Cahal Pech Archaeological Site or, an Exclusive Bird Tour at Black Rock Lodge with Serge Arias, Crested Caracara with Dr. John Fitzpatrick or, Rio Maya Bird Sanctuary with Dr. Lee Jones. After the adventure, a workshop was held by Dr. Lee Jones (author of the renowned Birds of Belize book) on ‘The identification of Shorebirds’ and the afternoon presentation was held by Serge Arias, CEO and Founder of Bird Watching Central America, who spoke on the Development and Sustainability of Bird-Based Tourist Destinations Regarding International Markets and Opportunities for Belize and Central America.

The Belize Birding Festival welcomes local and international birders and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance their appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the natural habitat, throughout the length and breadth of the country that the almost 590 residents and migratory birds of Belize live in.

Save the Date: As the 3rd Annual, Belize Birding Festival will be held on October 24-25, 2020. www.belizebirdingfestival.bz

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Second Annual Belize Birding Festival

More than two hundred people gathered in San Ignacio over the weekend to talk about birds in Belize. This is the second time the birding community has come together for the Belize Birding Festival. It is an event where bird lovers and those working with birds meet to talk about advancing the work and business opportunities in birding. While Belize is still a relatively growing birding destination – there are many untapped opportunities that exist. And for those who work behind the scenes to ensure that we have healthy bird population – it is a chance to exchange information and learn from each other. Reporter Andrea Polanco tells us more about the festival.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Did you know that there are over five hundred species of Birds in Belize? Over four hundred of those are resident birds – and the rest are migratory birds – from North America. Over the weekend, over two hundred birding enthusiasts and experts gathered at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel to talk about these birds and the birding opportunities that they can tap into. To the average Belizean, you may think there isn’t much to talk about birds in Belize, but to these birders – it is a dynamic and important topic to discuss. This second Belize Birding Festival brought together local and international tourism officials and guides, conservationists and bird experts, and bird watchers. The Belize Audubon Society is one of the organizers of the festival.

Amanda Burgos, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society

“The birding festival is really an opportunity for us to learn as well. We try to have a presentation on what are the new tools, what we can learn about birds and this festival there is a session led by Dr Lee Jones and it is on identification of difficult birds. So, there is a little bit of learning and a little panel discussion on tourism; e-bird as a marketing tool which is a tool that basically is used by citizens listing the birds that they are identifying and it is really an indicator of where you can find what you are interested in related to the birding world.”

Last year alone, thirty thousand tourists visited Belize to go birding. It is still relatively small when compared to ocean or archaeological activities, but the B.T.I.A can see the potential that exists to push Belize as a top birding destination. That is why this they want this festival to help stimulate that interest.

John Burgos, Executive Director, B.T.I.A.

“One of the first things we want to do is to showcase Belize as a birding destination, globally and secondly we want to provide our members, our tour guides, hotels and lodges that offer birding as one of their experiences so that they can get exposed and offer their services. So, over the last two years we have seen how the birding has been growing in terms of Belize.”

And to help drive home the message that birds are important to us – outside of their tourism appeal – the birding festival featured international bird expert John Fitzpatrick of the Cornell Lab or Ornithology. His work has created an online database that is helping to tell more stories on the status of birds across the world and how humans are impacting them.

John Fiztpatrick, Director, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

“Work that we have been doing using hundreds of thousands of citizens’ observations around the world to understand bird distribution in ways that will allow us to understand better how we are affecting their behavior , how their habitat is changing through time and how they do their annual migrations and so on. Ultimately, that we can use humans to understand how the birds are behaving and how they are reflecting our use of the landscape.”

The two-day festival included birding tours, a panel discussion on birding and tourism, as well as other featured talks. Partners in the birding business and conservation work, including tourism and N.G.O.s, also displayed the birding opportunities available in Belize and work that is being done. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

We’ll have much more about birds and birding in Belize later this week.

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The 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival was held on October 19-20th, 2019 in San Ignacio, Cayo where approximately 200 guests were in attendance! The 2-day event featured presentations and workshops by 3 exceptional guest speakers: - Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of Cornell Lab of Ornithology - Mr. Serge Arias, CEO of Bird-watching Central America - Dr. Lee Jones, Author of Birds of Belize Additionally, participants were able to walk the exhibition floor, go birding on Saturday and Sunday morning on exclusive BBF tours, attend the evening Cocktail, network, and much more. Thank you to all our sponsors, exhibitors, participants, and presenters! Read more at the official press release here: bit.ly/2ndBBF



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