Mass Audubon & Belize

Xunantunich in Belize © David Shaffer
Xunantunich © David Shaffer

Through our Belize Conservation Fund, Mass Audubon provides important financial support for conservation work in Belize. Our commitment is driven by our resolve to preserve habitat for Massachusetts birds that migrate through or spend the winter in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean Basin.

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Belize is one of the most biologically diverse nations in the world. Over 90 percent of the country is still forested. There are 20 national parks and forest reserves, nine marine reserves, a dozen natural monuments and archaeological reserves, as well as a handful of extensive private protected areas.

Mass Audubon's first involvement in 1984 was to provide funding for the Belize Audubon Society to encourage the creation of a first-class park system, more actively manage the existing parks, develop conservation education programs, and step up advocacy related to emerging environmental concerns.

Since then, Mass Audubon:

  • Helped launch Programme for Belize (PfB) that now holds title to over 260,000 acres of land.
  • Forged a relationship with the Toledo Institute of Development and Environment (TIDE) to help protect the 1 million acre Maya Mountain Marine Corridor.
  • Helped train local naturalists and educators through our Certificate Program in Bird Ecology in Belize.
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To help support these efforts, donate to the Belize Conservation Fund today.

Interesting Facts about Belize

Location: Central America, bordering the Caribbean Sea between Guatemala and Mexico
Population: 315,000
Size: 8,867 square miles (slightly smaller than Massachusetts)
Birds: 65 percent of Massachusetts bird species winter in Central America, many in Belize

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Belize Conservation Fund News

Agami Heron © Melvis Valdez
Agami heron © Melvis Valdez

Nestled deep in the subtropical forest of northwestern Belize and renowned for being the largest private reserve and second-largest protected area in the country, the Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area (RBCMA) is located only two-and-a-half hours away from Belize City. Read More >

San Felipe Village Primary School students
San Felipe Village Primary School students visiting Rio Bravo

In the 1990’s, the Programme for Belize started working with eight utility companies claim carbon offsets as part of a project to create an endowment fund with a target of $2.7 million. The program expects the to meet that goal in 2018, and has already enabled several successes along the way. Read More >

TIDE 20th Anniversary logo

TIDE, one of Mass Audubon's longtime partners in Belize, is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year with the theme 20 Years of Community Participation in Conservation. As one of the leading conservation organizations in Central America, TIDE has made significant contributions over the last two decades. Read More >

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