Animals & Wildlife

Elsie Goes For A Spa Day: Dog Grooming at Pampered Paws

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I have a dog and her named is Elsie.  She’s a hero.  After spending 3 or 4 years in Dangriga, neglected (at best) and starved, she now lives with us in San Pedro.  She has doubled in weight (literally), had a fully infected leg removed, has been identified, by us, as a teacup Great DaneKeep reading »

Oil Exploration Has Halted in Belize BUT THIS MUST BE LAW

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Last Thursday afternoon, the residents of Ambergris Caye turned out in droves and PACKED the morning meeting scheduled by the Government of Belize to address the questions of the public. Karen Brodie (her photography page) took some beautiful photos of the crowd.  Kids of all ages with notes…asking questions…tour guides, fishermen, hotel operators, citizens. QuestionsKeep reading »

Belize Approves Offshore Oil Exploration Starting This Week: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

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Just a few days ago, the venerable Outside magazine published a heartbreaking article about Australia’s reef titled Obituary:  The Great Barrier Reef 25 Million BC to 2016. It’s interesting that just this week, the Prime Minister and Cabinet of Belize is allowing, without public consultation and amidst a wave of corruption scandals in the pretty much brokeKeep reading »

5am Wake Up for An Urban Birdwatch with The Belize Audobon

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This morning my phone alarm rang in the darkness.  NO… If I was going to get up for San Pedro’s Urban Birdwatch and Bird Count, it was going to have to happen quickly. And I’m glad I did because OH WHAT A PRETTY MORNING.  Birds or no birds. We’ve had some beautiful days this week…dark,Keep reading »

My 8 Favorite Sea Creatures in Belize

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Belize has some ridiculously amazing creatures. Both above the water… A toucan in the Cayo District.  The National Bird. Fuego, the tapir, at the Belize Zoo.  The National Animal. This beautiful Howler Monkey outside of Belize City. And below the water. Many know Belize for the coastline, the amazing diving and snorkeling.  And for veryKeep reading »

The Scoop: Are Our Beaches Made of Poop?

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A few months ago, I headed to the Truck Stop for a movie presentation by Rachel Graham, shark champion, sea warrior, educator and biologist with the Mar Alliance.  She was presenting an episode of The Great Barrier reef narrated by David Attenborough – SIR David Attenborough – and amidst all the talk of polyps and coralKeep reading »

Heroes in The Jungle: Belize’s Race To Save The WILD Scarlet Macaw

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To see 10…16…20 scarlet macaws flying across the late afternoon sky is almost hard to believe.  Always even numbers, these surreally colorful, gorgeous birds mate for life.  Shrieking, gliding in tandem and so garishly colored, it’s as if evolution forgot them.  There is no missing them in the jungle of one thousand greens. These birds areKeep reading »

Packing for Deep Jungle Camping in Belize And A Bit of Birdwatching

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This weekend I head into the Chiquibul Nature Reserve to join volunteers that are camping at the bottoms of huge trees to protect Belize’s Scarlet Macaws from poaching. Last year, I did one night…this year, I will do four.  BABY STEPS!  Most volunteers head into the jungle for 14 nights.  No internet.  No electricity.  No phone.Keep reading »

The Belize Zoo: THE Best Little Zoo in the World. Really.

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Yesterday we did a day trip for San Pedro to the Belize Zoo.  It’s a long day – for sure…and can be facilitated by a wide array of tour groups but we were a group of 7 and only two of us would be returning.  Five were headed back to California after a great week onKeep reading »

Saturday in San Pedro: A Farmers’ Market & Crocodile Hunting

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Waking up to the height of the yellow sulphur butterfly migration, it was a gorgeous day.  Blue and sunny with hundreds of yellow-green butterflies flitting by.  Was I able to capture them on camera?  Hardly… A cocoplum tree in the front yard seemed to be a quickly snacking stop…there were about 50 on the bush…maybeKeep reading »

The Butterfly Migration on a Beautiful Morning Up North

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The butterfly migration has started.  Flying north to south – the Cloudless Sulphur start slowly…one or two a minute passing along the beach and the sea to up to 100s at a time.  With an odd black or orange butterfly joining them, it’s a wave of yellow wings. It lasts for about a week andKeep reading »