Tourism is becoming increasingly important in Belize, but it isnÂt only diving enthusiasts flocking to the nationÂs coast who are taking the time to vacation on Ambergris Caye. Â Those living in Belize know the abundant wildlife that can be found, and it seems that many tourists may be interested in enjoying these too. Â In a new bird survey in the San Pedro area, 60 species have been identified to draw further tourist interest.
The Belize Audobon Society (BAS) conducts a bird watching expedition every year called the Urban Bird Watch. Â As part of this study, the organization hopes to map the population and species diversity of birds across the country. Â The event is also a great way of raising local awareness of the ecosystems that tropical birds live in and the great need to protect birds and their habitats. Â In 2013, bird watchers traveled throughout Belize spotting beautiful feathered creatures, and on their ports of call this year were Dangriga, Corozal, Punta Gorda, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Orange Walk and San Pedro Town.
Belize is well known for being a wildlife paradise, but people on Ambergris Caye will be the first to admit that the region isnÂt known for its rich bird diversity. Â However, a short four-hour bird watch from 6am to 10pm soon shattered this illusion, with 60 different species being recognized. Â Rudy Burgos, BAS member, said: ÂWe saw 60 birds in only a short walk from Central Park to south of the island. Â It goes to show that you donÂt have to go deep into uninhabited areas to find unique species of birds; all you need is a keen eye.Â Â He said that two particular interesting sights were a Peregrine Falcon and the Blackburnian Warbler. Â Whilst the former can be found as far north as the Arctic Tundra, the warbler is a small northern US bird that migrates to South and Central America during the winter. Â Other birds that were spotted included the Tropical Mockingbird, Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Snowy Egret and the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird.
With such diversity being found, residents of Belize can be excited to know that there are many more birds living around them than they may have believed.Â Therefore, with such a range of species, many more keen bird watchers may be attracted to the island.