Garifuna Settlement Day

As I’ve mentioned before, Belize is an incredible melting pot of cultures and people. In the month of November, there are celebrations countrywide to honor one of these cultures: the Garifuna. These culminate on National Garifuna Settlement Day, when people all over the country celebrate the settlement of the Garifunas on the mainland. Garifuna culture originated in the Caribbean Islands, but they arrived on the mainland of Central America when they were banished from St. Vincent and the Grenadines by the British in the late 18th century. Today, they have a strong presence along the shore in Belize and other Central American countries. (more…)

This Work Has Perks: Experiences in Belize Conservation

With all my exciting weekend travel and cultural discoveries to discuss, I haven’t written much about what I’m doing on the job. The truth is I spend most of my time behind a computer, analyzing satellite imagery and GPS data. Sometimes, though, I go into the field and collect data myself. Fieldwork days always prove to be interesting; over the past few weeks I’ve had some truly amazing experiences while working. (more…)

Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun

A couple weeks back, we had an 8 AM meeting at the field station on a Saturday. We have these meetings every 10 days to make sure they fit well into the rangers’ shifts, so every once in a while they land on the weekend. That leaves us an hour north of PG at 9am with a whole free day ahead of us. We decided to make this an opportunity to explore some of southern Belize’s Mayan ruins, Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun. (more…)