By Aaron Humes: The Belize Audubon Society (BAS) and associated conservationists have been busy as the birds they are currently counting.
The annual water bird census takes place between January 15 and February 15 and according to BAS’ research and monitoring officer Kevin Tsau, “This is a very important activity. It’s a national survey that we conducted across the country, so there are different protected areas that we target. The first one is Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Over there we have five sites or five points located and the second protected area is Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Over there we have five points as well, and then going further south we have Gales Point Wildlife Sanctuary. In that area, we have four points and there are two other protected areas that are in the district of Stann Creek which is the Gra Gra Lagoon and Hopkins wetlands.”
In Sarteneja, Corozal District there was a recent training of participants working with the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation & Development (SACD). Trainer and bird guide Roni Martinez explained: “One of the things that we want to accomplish with this training is for them to know better how to identify their birds. We also want to make them more aware of some of the critical habitats that they have in this area that they already monitor.”
Participants say they have learned a lot to use in their future work, including the SACD’s monthly bird surveys that keep an eye in the sky.
(Our thanks to freelance reporter Jose Sanchez for the video presentation of this story).