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Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean
Flora and fauna research

Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean

With their clean feathers, their unique sound, the birds that live on the Livingston shores gave us an unintended spectacle during the sunset. Pelicans, seagulls, egrets (Ardea alba, Egretta thula), cormorants, kingbirds, were some of the birds we could identify flying through the Río Dulce tall canyon, in Livingston. We saw many birds interact, including…

A Paradise Of Vanilla Orchids In The Guatemalan Caribean
Maya-Ethnozoology

A Paradise Of Vanilla Orchids In The Guatemalan Caribean

The last expedition was one of the most awaited by FLAAR Mesoamérica team. We went to Livingston, a municipal area from Izabal department in Guatemala, located 15 km. aprox. by boat across Puerto Barrios city. The paths we found in our expedition inside the tropical jungle are home to many native plants. We have a…

“El Niño Dormido” a unique species in the world
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

“El Niño Dormido” a unique species in the world

Guatemala and its multiple ecosystems hide a wide variety of flora and fauna. In one of the most particular landscapes, the dry tropical forest, the country’s “desert”, hidden in caves lives one of the biggest reptiles of Central America. Surrounded by trees, cactus, and folktales the Heloderma claims for protection and recognition because of its…

BioFest: The Biodiversity Festival
FLAAR Mesoamerica

BioFest: The Biodiversity Festival

In November, Guatemala City became the favorite destination for nature lovers! Mesa de Barranqueros invited us to share a dream: Citizens who enjoy their green, healthy and biodiverse metropolis, all this through BioFest, the Biodiversity Festival. This Festival was born as an initiative to bring Guatemalan people closer to the abundant biodiversity inside the city.…

Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?
Maya-ethnobotany

Why is Ceiba so important in our country and the Americas?

Ceiba is one of the largest trees in the tropics, measuring up to 70 meters high and its roots up to 5 meters deep. It is a tree that we can find in most places in the towns of Guatemala. It was declared a National Tree on March 8, 1955. It is also very common…

Aquatic biodiversity in the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park wetland
Maya-Ethnozoology

Aquatic biodiversity in the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park wetland

Everyone in the world depends on the different ecosystems on Earth and the services they provide. In recent years, people have transformed ecosystems more quickly and extensively than in any other period of history. Largely to quickly meet the demands of food, fresh water, wood, fiber and fuel. According to the UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment…

FLAAR Mesoamerica “family” at wedding of Cucu and Erick
FLAAR Mesoamerica

FLAAR Mesoamerica “family” at wedding of Cucu and Erick

The last weekend of December 2019 two “graduates” of FLAAR Mesoamerica got married and they invited five other individuals from FLAAR Mesoamerica to attend. In the photo are: Senaida (experienced plant scout and photo assistant), Josefina (experienced illustrator for MayanToons books for children), Cucu (Melanny Celeste Quiñonez Izquierdo) with husband Erick Flores Cucu did illustrations,…

The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle
Maya-Ethnozoology Project Yaxha

The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle

During your tour in Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park you should be aware of the approach of a group of spider monkeys. It is amazing to see them so close and playing with each other! But when they are afraid or feel threatened by the visit of humans, they jump and may even throw branches. The spider…