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Mysterious endangered cave
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

Mysterious endangered cave

We were called by a team of biologists who have been studying the importance of an unknown cave located in Izabal, Guatemala. They are worried about the fate of the natural ecosystem that lives inside the darkness of the cave since it has been polluted and neglected by the local people living close to it.…

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…

“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…

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…

The design of bird nests native to Guatemala
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

The design of bird nests native to Guatemala

During our expeditions we have found different bird nests in the treetops. The amazing thing about them is the design and location that each species chooses, according to their needs. The nests are multifunctional structures built by mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects. Its principal function is to create an adequate environment for eggs and…

Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon
Flora and fauna research Maya-ethnobotany Project Yaxha

Orchids of candelaria at Yaxha Lagoon

During our exploration in boat on Yaxha Lagoon, Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park, in the distance we noticed a light pink flower on the shore. While we were advancing we could see more and more of these flowers tangled in the water grass. Maybe a signal to get closer. When we stopped the boat a few moments…

First expedition of the FLAAR Mesoamerica team to “La Laguna Perdida”
Flora and fauna research Project Yaxha

First expedition of the FLAAR Mesoamerica team to “La Laguna Perdida”

During the last week of March’, FLAAR Mesoamerica team continued research in the National Park Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo in Petén. This time we decided to make an expedition for the first time to explore La Laguna Perdida. This place can be seen from Google Earth with three totally round lagoons joined together that called our attention. We…

Expedition: Flower searching at Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

Expedition: Flower searching at Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo

FLAAR Mesoamerica’s expedition team returned to Parque Nacional Yaxha Nakum Naranjo looking forward to shoot borning flowers since several plants are borning between March and May. During a long walk through Yaxha, we found habin, bromelia, pucte, among others. We could also observe several birds like hummingbirds drinking nectar from some flowers, woodpeckers climbing the…

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…