Ecorana Environmental ltd., Blog at it's partner field staiton at the T.R.E.E.S

We are Ecorana Environmental, an eco-travel and environmental education company that specializes in creating and planning applied learning holidays for students, researchers, and ecotourists alike. Our team consists of travel and outreach specialists as well as research biologists and teachers who specialize in environmental education and conservation. We are well-versed in providing comfortable, safe, and exciting learning and travel opportunities to a range of clientele interested in environmentally and culturally conscious travel.Ecorana is poised to offer travel and education abroad opportunities in the diverse tropical country of Belize. Ecorana employs biologists who are well-trained in tropical ecology, herpetology, and ornithology, and as such, studies in tropical biology are the primary focus of our educational holidays. However, our team’s diverse interests and expertise allow us to plan all types of holidays ranging from wildlife ecotours to yoga retreats to West African drumming courses to ecological field technique courses. Wherever your interests lie, you can be guaranteed that Ecorana will be right there with you.Ecorana maintains values of environmental and cultural conservation and stewardship, hands-on education, and inclusive learning, and seeks to instill those values in all visitors to Belize. We work with many field stations and educational centers, scientists, educators, tour companies, tour guides, eco-lodges, and parks, both on the mainland and on the islands of Belize, to make sure you go exactly where you want to go and see exactly what you want to see and more!

One of our main partners is the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S) and their field station in Belize. The objectives of this environmental education center are to host various cultural and environmental based student courses, workshops and event hosting in the heart of the beautiful Maya Mountains of Belize. We plan on providing our services to international students as well as providing opportunities for Belizean students.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

King Vulture at TREES

As you know I have done some research in the past on the King Vulture in Mexico. So, I have a bit of a weak spot for the beautiful new world vulture. Last week after butchering a pig that the neighbour provided, we took the remains that were unusable such as skin, fat, some bones etc., and set-up one of our remote field cameras. We placed the remains and the cameras on one of the trails, right in the jungle and then came the hard part, waiting 5 days before we could see what visited our site.

After 5 days we picked up the cameras and rushed to the computers to see what we got. There it was, on the first day we had the elusive King Vulture, right on the TREES site. We were all very excited by this visit, and now we are planning experimental designs to start studying this bird, part of our long-term research protocols. Anyhow, very exciting!

In addition to the King Vulture, we had a couple of Turkey Vultures and a Common Possum. Not bad for a first try!

Officially our first King Vulture observed at TREES (on the ground that is!!!)

Turkey Vultures scoping out the food situtation

Common Possum

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