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Expedition to Naranjo looking for El Cibal, based from a satellite photo
Flora and fauna research

Expedition to Naranjo looking for El Cibal, based from a satellite photo

FLAAR Mesoamerica team was last week at Parque Nacional Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo, Peten. One of the main purposes of this fieldtrip was to find an area known as “El Cibale” at Naranjo, a place observed by the team on a satellite photo, but it was impossible to walk through, since the grass was 2 meters high and…

Jaguar Conference, November 7, 2018, Guatemala City
Flora and fauna research

Jaguar Conference, November 7, 2018, Guatemala City

Jaguar conference was great; met lots of zoologists and individuals interested in preserving the fragile eco-systems of Guatemala. Our lecture (FLAAR Mesoamerica) was on Maya iconography of jaguar pelage designs (on polychrome vases, plates, and bowls) and on the different colors of jaguars out in the wild: they can be white, gray, black-ish, and “solid…

Continued search for finding the actual oriole bird and nest pictured in San Bartolo murals
Flora and fauna research

Continued search for finding the actual oriole bird and nest pictured in San Bartolo murals

The photo teams of FLAAR Mesoamerica continue to search for each species of oriole in Guatemala which makes a tall pendant nest. The Stuart brothers have suggested the yellow birds in the San Bartolo murals are Yellow-backed Orioles (Icterus chysater). This oriole is a challenge to find. In the meantime, with the help of biologist…

Mosquito? Or Mosquito fly? Pollinating jaboncillo in FLAAR garden, Guatemala
Flora and fauna research

Mosquito? Or Mosquito fly? Pollinating jaboncillo in FLAAR garden, Guatemala

Male mosquitos are often hard at work pollinating (while their girlfriends are working hard to get blood to help raise their next generation). Snag is that there are many flies that mimic mosquitos (and scores of insects that mimic the colors of bees). Here in the Mayan Ethnobotanical Research Garden of FLAAR, in Guatemala City,…