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National Bird Day

Honouring the cheerful and vibrant residents of the sky


You don’t have to be an avid birder to appreciate the beauty of these aerial creatures. Belize is proud to be home to many of them and so is the San Ignacio Resort Hotel.


Every year, the Belize Audubon Society is responsible for doing a countrywide bird count throughout Belize. This year’s destinations included: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Belize City, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Belmopan, Gallon Jug and Punta Gorda.


This time the count kicked off on December 15th, 2017 and will end on January 5th 2018 – just in time for National Bird Day! The free of cost event involves hundreds of volunteers, eager to spot birds around the country. We had the pleasure to be represented by two of our very own team members – Nigel Velasquez, our on-site tour guide, and Elmer Quiroz, from our Running W Steakhouse & Restaurant!


They say the early bird catches the worm; so our early risers set off for their adventurous journey to Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, located in the Cayo District, on the morning of December 23rd, 2017 to catch their treasure. The attendees were divided into groups in order to maximize on the inspected areas; Elmer & Nigel made it into Group 3 (made up of 5 members) and stationed at the Chalillo Dam. After —– hours, Group 3 was able to count 93 species of birds! (See their sighting list HERE)


To celebrate this special day, enjoy this gallery from the Belize Audubon Society Bird Count!


All pictures courtesy of Nigel Velasquez and Elmer Quiroz




Looking for birding in Belize? Our Belize luxury resort offers a “dining with the birds” experience that’s sure to put you in a great mood. You can also join our early bird watching with our very experienced guide, Nigel. He will make sure you have the best time! Last but not least, our Wings Over Belize package includes the best birding in the country from Western to Northern Belize.

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