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Ya’axché Conservation Trust hosts fourth annual BioBlitz

Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019. 4:56 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On Friday, the Ya’axché Conservation Trust held its’s fourth annual BioBlitz event, which is geared towards raising interest in the field of wildlife research and monitoring among primary school students.

The event, held under the theme “Empowering communities, Conserving biodiversity, Connecting the world,” took place at the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve where over 120 primary school students from the villages of Bladen, Big Falls, and San Miguel gathered for the event.

“Since 2016, Ya’axché Conservation Trust has been engaging students from communities within Ya’axché’s focal area, the Maya Golden Landscape, on the importance of biodiversity and conservation through its BioBlitz event,” the Trust said in a statement today.

Participating students, mainly at the Standard 6 level,  learned how to navigate using a compass, use binoculars to spot birds, set up field cameras to photograph wild animals, and identify plants and large mammals. Ya’axché’s BioBlitz focuses on a number of trees, birds, mammals, and freshwater bugs, referred to as macroinvertebrates, that are found easily in the surroundings of the Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. The students and teachers value this educational experience.

Christina Garcia of the Ya’axché Conservation Trust explained that the Trust uses the event to engage students and communities about the work the organization does in the field of protected area management.

“We do believe that communities and the younger generation do play a vital role in protected area management and, of course, the protection of their natural resources,” Garcia said. “So what better way than to educate them about the importance of wildlife, the importance of having protected areas, and also the benefits that they receive from these protected areas.”

The event was supported by private donors and the Protected Areas Conservation Trust.


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