Belize's First Birding Festival Draws Many From Around The World

In October Belize held its first ever birding festival, which took place in its capital, Belmopan. The event took place on Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

belize birding festivalThere were vendors, exhibit booths, photography talks, a variety of presentations, video documentaries, and a key-note speech by Dr. Oliver Komar, co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America. The Belize Birding Festival began with a 6 a.m. Urban Bird Watch through Belmopan. Attendees went on an afternoon guided bird walk at 3:30 p.m., however, the exhibition lasted from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The event wrapped up with an evening cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m. Nearly 600 known bird species are living in Belize, 20% of them winter migrants from North America.The festivalwas marketed to local bird-lovers and bird-watchers, as well as bird-lovers and bird-watchers from around the world. The festival was hosted with the help of the Belize Tourism Industry in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Board.

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