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Field guides #98222
03/02/05 01:00 PM
03/02/05 01:00 PM
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wsh2fsh Offline OP
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Will be going to AC and the Cayo district in April. Am looking for a field guide to birds, mammals,reptiles, ect... In Costa Rica we picked up one that had all on a nice waterproof fold out sheet. Anything like that for Belize?

Re: Field guides #98223
03/02/05 01:10 PM
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Re: Field guides #98224
03/02/05 03:31 PM
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A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America & Southeast Mexico. By Fiona Reid, the artwork is amazing.

A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America. Steven N. G. Howell

A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World: The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala, and Belize. Julian C. Lee

The Bat: Wings in the Night Sky. M. Brock Fenton

Each of these are excellent reference guides and I used them extensively during my 3 years at Lamanai. Both Brock and Fiona are also former alumnus of Lamanai.

Re: Field guides #98225
03/02/05 06:23 PM
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You will enjoy-"Birds of Belize" by H. Lee Jones and Dana Gardner. Using this you can easily identify almost 600 species. Happy Birding!

Re: Field guides #98226
03/02/05 06:27 PM
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Some lovely lady (80 years old, bless her heart) wrote a most entertaining book about bird-watching in Belize. Of course I can't remember the name of the author or the book,it's been a while. I found it looking up "Belize" at the library. Worth looking for!

Re: Field guides #98227
03/02/05 07:09 PM
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How about "Bird Watching with Bubba"? I really enjoyed reading it and was sorry I didn't bring my copy along when I met its author, Elbert Greer two years ago at BCs.

Gela's AC Motto: "All Roads Used to Lead to BC's - Now They Lead to Hurricane's!"
Re: Field guides #98228
03/02/05 09:02 PM
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Lan Sluder/Belize First Offline
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A few other field and nature guides and related books:

Ames, Oakes and Correll, Donovan Stewart. Orchids of Guatemala and Belize, Dover Publications, 1985, 779 pp. with 204 black-and-white illustrations. Republication of Chicago Natural History Museum 1953 field guide and 1965 supplement. Exhaustive, covering 527 species.
Arvigo, Rosita and Balick, Michael. Rainforest Remedies, One Hundred Healing Herbs of Belize, HarperSanFrancisco, 2001, 240 pp. Guide to traditional Mayan/Belizean herbal remedies.
Arvigo, Rosita with Epstein, Nadine and Yaquinto, Marilyn. Sastun, My Apprenticeship with a Maya Healer, HarperSanFrancisco, 1994, 190 pp. Story of Arvigo’s time with Don Elijio Panti.
Beletsky, Les. The Ecotravellers’ Wildlife Guide, Belize and Northern Guatemala, Interlink Press, 2004, 477 pp. Lavishly color-illustrated guide, oriented to the amateur, to the most commonly spotted mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and corals.
Campbell, Jonathan A. Amphibians and Reptiles of Northern Guatemala, the Yucatán, and Belize, University of Oklahoma Press, 1998, 380 pp., with 176 color photographs. The best guide to herpetofauna of the region.
Emmons, Katherine. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary: Its History, Flora and Fauna for Visitors, Teachers and Scientists, Community Conservation Consultants, 1996. Definitive on the subject.
Greenfield, David W. and Thomerson, Jamie E. Fishes of the Continental Waters of Belize, University Press of Florida, 1997, 311 pp. Comprehensive guide, with black-and-white illustrations.
Edwards, Ernest Preston, illustrated by Butler, E.M. A Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas: Belize, Guatemala, and El Salvador, University of Texas Press, 1998, 288 pp. This is used by many local guides in Belize.
Horwich, Robert H. A Belizean Rain Forest, 432 pp. A look at the Community Baboon Sanctuary and the northern forests of Belize.
Jones, H. Lee, and Gardner, Dana. Birds of Belize, University of Texas Press, 2004, 484 pp. The only cmprehensive Belize-specific birding guide.
Lee, Julian. A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World: The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala and Belize, Cornell University Press, 2000, 488 pp.
Matola, Sharon. Birds of Belize, A Field Handbook, Belize Zoo, 28 pp.
-- Hoodwink the Owl, 40 pp. Children’s ecostory by the founder of the Belize Zoo.
Meyer, John R. and Foster, Carol Farneti. A Guide to the Frogs and Toads of Belize, Krieger Publishing, 1996.
Miller, Carolyn M. and Miller, Bruce W. Exploring the Tropical Forest at Chan Chich Lodge Belize, Wildlife Conservation Society, 2nd. ed., 1994, 51 pp.
Peterson, Roger Tory. A Field Guide to Mexican Birds: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Peterson Field Guides/Houghton-Mifflin, 1999. The birder’s pal, though it lacks Spanish names of birds.
Rabinowitz, Alan. Jaguar, Arbor House, 1986, 368 pp. Story of effort to establish the Cockscomb Preserve.
Woods, R.L., Reid, S.T. and Reid, A.M. The Field Guide to Ambergris Caye. Near-exhaustive study of the island and surrounding sea.
Snakes of Belize, Belize Audubon Society, 55 pp.

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