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…)

Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary

Last Monday was a national holiday so two of my roommates and I caught a morning bus to Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. Though technically Cockscomb is a jaguar sanctuary, we were warned not to expect to actually see jaguars. Instead, we made the 5 hour round trip trek to enjoy the outdoor activities that the park offers. (more…)

My First Patrol

Just a few days after my sandy beach excursion, I got to experience a different side of Belize’s natural landscape. Starting last Monday, I took three days to live at the Ya’axché Field Station. The field station is roughly an hour bus ride away from PG and serves as the home base for Ya’axché’s rangers and the Community Outreach and Livelihoods team. The field station also houses the nursery, where Ya’axché raises sustainable trees and crops to distribute to local farmers. (more…)