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Mysterious endangered cave
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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
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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…

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