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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…

Neotropical cormorant, an aquatic bird enjoying Yaxha
Maya-Ethnozoology Project Yaxha

Neotropical cormorant, an aquatic bird enjoying Yaxha

If you like bird watching you can’t miss visiting the Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park. Upon reaching the main area, Yaxha, you can get a beautiful view of Yaxha Lagoon and Sacnab Lagoon where you can see a variety of water birds flying over the amazing landscape. In this place dozens of waterbirds lives, since it is…

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…

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…

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,…