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Oct 5, 2010

Strictly for the birds; October celebrated by Audubon

This story is strictly for the birds.  The Belize Audubon Society is celebrating October as the month of birds.  Migratory birds from Central and South America are flying south this time of year.  It’s an opportunity for bird watchers throughout the country.  According to Belize Audubon Society’s Publicity Coordinator, it’s time to pull out your binoculars.

Dirk Francisco, Publicity Coordinator, BAS

dirk francisco

“October is the time when birds come back to Belize. Birds migrate south when it’s winter in the north. You’ll notice the bird population increases in Belize. So we are using the month of October to increase the awareness of the importance of birds, and also to foster an appreciation of birds amongst Belizeans. Belize Audubon Society will be having its annual urban Birdwatch activity.”

Jose Sanchez

“A lot of people don’t know about birds and pretty much bird-watching they would say it’s for the birds. At least downtown all we see are pigeons and they seem to be a menace. How can you convince people that this is worth their while?”

Dirk Francisco

“Jose, many Belizeans don’t know that right now Belize is being recognized globally as an important area for birds. Belize is a part of the flyover for birds as they migrate further south to the Amazon and different parts of Central America. Just recent, Belize has been recognized as a country that is important for birds through the important bird area program which is a global program that identifies areas that are important for birds. There is a new document out on birds that we can share to all Belizeans in terms of knowledge. So wherever you go Jose, there are birds especially in Belize. There are not only pigeons in downtown Belize City; there are many birds that people don’t see. So this is the opportunity for them to see what is actually in their back yard.”

The first in the weekend bird watching outings was held last Sunday October third in Corozal Town.  If you would like to know more information about Birds of Belize or join in an Audubon sponsored bird watch, you can reach Dirk Francisco at 223-5004.

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3 Responses for “Strictly for the birds; October celebrated by Audubon”

  1. Stephen says:

    It would be nice to see people like Phillip Baldaramos, Derick Chan, Patrick Scott, Dennis Williams, Bustamante, Israel Manzanero and Gentle organize a bird inventory for Belize and do a Bird Book as long as Anna Hoar keep out of it.

  2. Belize Birder says:

    Hey i like the topic of birds. Belize is a country full of many birds; as far as i know there is already an inventory of birds that exists and also a published Birds of Belize: “Birds of Belize By H. Lee Jones, Dana Gardner” nice book to have as reference for Belizeans and Foreigners alilke. A review of the book exists on the link below. Happy Birding to all!

  3. Ecology Student says:

    Anna Hoare rocks, Stephen! She taught me ecology in 6th form and 5 years later, I can remember everything from that class, as opposed to so many others that I took there. It was a real eye opener for me. Not sure why you pointed her out as the environmentalist to stay out of your suggested project, but if it has anything to do with competence, all I can say is, she was an excellent teacher that was very passionate about Belize’s ecosystem.

    Hate to see unfair character defamation on this Web site, so just wanted to add something. My apologies for straying off the topic of birding. Continue…

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