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Second annual Birding Festival promises to be bigger than first!

Posted: Saturday, July 27, 2019. 8:58 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival promises to bring bird lovers an even greater experience than last year, having been upgraded from a one-day to a weekend-long event.

The festival, held through a collaborative effort between the Belize Audobon Society (BAS), Belize Hotel Association (BHA) and the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), is scheduled for October 19-20th, 2019, at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.

The event promises two days of bird tours, presentations from local and international speakers and features an exhibition floor, where local conservation NGO’s, hotels and related businesses can make displays and use the platform for networking.

The first day will close out with an evening cocktail, and the second day will close out with a raffle and bird identifying competition. The speakers include Dr. John Fitzpatrick, Director of Cornell Lab; Serge Arias, CEO of Birdwatching Central America; and Dr. H. Lee Jones, Author of the book ‘Birds of Belize.

Carolee Chanona, membership service manager with the BAS, told Breaking Belize news that the organizations partnered to host the first festival because birding in Belize is increasing in popularity to the point where tourists are asking for birding packages from tour providers.

Data from the Belize Tourism Board showed that within the past four years, the number of visitors that came to Belize for birding went up from 7,700 in 2014, to 30,750 in 2018.

For years the BAS has been promoting birding as a viable and sustainable means of earning income and has hosted several trainings in birding for tour operators at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels, to improve their tourism product.

 

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