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Mass Audubon staff naturalists Jeff Collins and Mark Faherty were joined by thirteen travelers for nine days in beautiful Belize. Some stayed on for an additional three days of snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef of the South Water Caye Marine Reserve.
The final bird species count, seen or heard during the main part of the trip, was 242, which is a phenomenal total for a week in Central America. The coastal extension added ten or so additional species. Here are some trip highlights, as submitted by the travelers:
- Learning to slow down, breath easily and mindfully, bringing the beautiful birds into focus in the binoculars. Very peaceful.
- Great group interaction, knowledgeable and friendly guides, excellent organization, wonderful locations, and birds, birds, birds!
- Leaders, guides, food – top notch. Variety of locations, river trip, water birds, Mayan ruins, bonding at the rivers’ edge, forests, chocolate plantation, iguana project, the Belizean people, Birthday celebration cake!
- Birds, Bugs, Bites, Belly laughs, banquets, bats, boat-billed herons, basilisks, pale-billed woodpecker.
- Mayan ruins at La Milpa and Xunatunich, Crooked Tree cruise, Yucatan Jays, and Black Rock Guides.
- Escaping to the peaceful wildness of the rain forest, amazing birds, and a great group to share it with.
- Birds on the lagoon cruise, beautiful settings at Black Rock and La Milpa, swimming in the Macal River, Tikal, honey creepers and Vermilion flycatchers, and new friends.
- Great country, great leaders and guides, wonderful people. Boat ride, stars at night, sunrise over lagoon, toucans, vermillion flycatcher, and potoo. Birds all!
- Loved the boat ride on the lagoon, the forest with Melvis, seeing the slaty-headed trogon, the Belize Zoo, Toucans!! Seeing the birds at the fruit at Black Rock, red-legged honeycreeper, Xunatunich!!! Green honeycreeper!!!
- Waking up to the wonderful sounds and so many birds and howler Mondays. Jeff and Mark so helpful and patient and complemented each other so well; good friendly group; peaceful Macal River, honeycreepers and so much more!