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The Study of Wetlands
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The Study of Wetlands

Wetlands are understood as “extensions of marshes, swamps, peat bogs or surfaces covered by water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, stagnant or currents of fresh, brackish or salt water, including extensions of marine water whose depth at low tide it does not exceed 6 meters” – Ramsar. Every February 2, World Wetlands Day…

The dilemma of the spring in Guatemala, is it really eternal? Part 2
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The dilemma of the spring in Guatemala, is it really eternal? Part 2

The fall equinox has roughly started (on September 22nd), but instead of turning brown and losing their leaves, many plants start to bloom and create impressive sceneries throughout Guatemala. Yet, many species had already bloomed starting from March. Why are there again so many flowers? Combretum sp. road from Jalapa to Chiquimula, Dec. 2021. Photography…

Guatemalan Squirrels
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Guatemalan Squirrels

Squirrels are a group of arboreal rodents belonging to the suborder Sciuromorpha, where groundhogs and prairie dogs are also found (Wilson & Reeder, 2005). They belong to a group of Eurasian origin (Laurasiatheria) that through different dispersal events have been able to colonize all continents, except Antarctica and Oceania (Mercer & Roth, 2003). Squirrels can…

Tomb of the Jade Jaguar, Tikal
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Tomb of the Jade Jaguar, Tikal

Tonight the presentation will mention the jaguar hide and feather headdress found in Tikal Burial 196, so includes ethnozoology (obviously the feathers were just dust imprint but segments of leather of the jaguar were still preserved, and the claws). For botany mentions cacao or other beans found inside one of the ceramic vases. Plus the…

Snakes from the lowlands of northern Guatemala
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Snakes from the lowlands of northern Guatemala

Snakes are a group of reptiles belonging to the order Squamata, including lizards. Guatemala has more than 273 species of reptiles. Of which 133 species are snakes. The lowlands of northern Guatemala is the area with the most species with around 73 species, being more than half of the species present in the country. In…

Importance of Mangroves
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Importance of Mangroves

Mangroves are a type of forest located in coastal areas of tropical and subtropical regions. Their characteristics allow them to be highly productive. They provide ecosystem services such as: Refuge and habitat of wild flora and fauna (rich biodiversity) Food source and supply of nutrients to other species (fish, crustaceans, birds, reptiles, etc.) Carbon capture…

The Wonders of Cetaceans
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The Wonders of Cetaceans

Cetaceans are divided into two groups: Mysticeti (Mysticeti), which have baleen to filter their food, like the humpback whale and the blue whale; and the Odontocetes (Odontoceti), known as the toothed cetaceans, among them are the dolphins, killer whales and sperm whales.   Characteristics and adaptations of cetaceans Cetaceans evolved fifty million years ago from…

New ecosystems documented
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New ecosystems documented

We are currently working on our Biodiversity Documentation Project in the Reserva de Biósfera Maya, Petén, Guatemala in cooperation with the National Council of Protected Areas (CONAP, its acronym in Spanish). The project started in 2021 and will end in 2025. On each expedition, we found species of our interest, but what really surprised us…

National Day of the Agronomist, Forestry and  Environmental Engineer in Guatemala
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National Day of the Agronomist, Forestry and Environmental Engineer in Guatemala

In a country like Guatemala, where the base of the economy has always been agriculture, the work of agricultural, environmental, agro-industrial, and forestry engineers is of great importance for the development, sustainable management of resources, and conservation of biodiversity. On June 14, 1950, the Faculty of Agronomy of Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala was officially…