Birdwatching tourism is a fast-growing industry with an increasing number of birders traveling to destinations far from home just to spot new birds that cannot be seen in their own country or region. With close to 600 bird species identified in Belize, with 20% of them winter migrants from North America, it is no wonder that bird enthusiasts are flocking to Belize from around the world!

In celebration of our beautiful feather friends the Belize Tourism Industry in partnership with the Belize Audubon Society, the Belize Hotel Association and the Belize Tourism Board are organizing the first-ever Belize Birding Festival.

Held in the capital city of Belmopan, the one-day event will be held on Saturday, October 27th. The festival not only welcomes local birders and wildlife aficionados but invites international birders to experience an amazing array of birding tours within the spectacular natural of habitat of resident and migrant birds while engaging with local tourism service providers who are promoting Belize as a prime birding destination.

The Belize Birding Festival starts with a 6AM Urban Bird Watch through Belmopan. The exhibition run from 9AM till 3PM and the day includes vendor and exhibit booths, birding and photography talks, a variety of presentations, video documentaries, and key-note speaker Dr. Oliver Komar, co-author of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America. There will be an afternoon guided bird walk at 3:30PM and the event wraps up with an evening cocktail hour starting at 5:30PM.

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About the Author: Tamara Sniffin

I’m a sucker for a fuzzy face, a feathered face, a face with fins or even one with scales! I am in love with the creatures and the flora that are synonymous with Belize and every opportunity I have to learn more about them and explore their wild habitats I am there! I’m the happiest when I’m snorkeling the reef and swimming with turtles, however my passion is not just limited to critters! Laced throughout this compact jungle gem of a country live the Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo and Spanish people, and experiencing each culture, especially their celebrations is one of my favorite pastimes.

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