Darwin Initiative Community Fire Management Project

TIDE is partnering with the University of Edinburgh, the Belize Forest Department, University of Belize Environmental Research Institute, and the International Institute for Environment and Development on this Darwin Initiative-funded project. The project aims to engage communities in stewardship of pine woodlands/savannas in Toledo by creating economic incentives and facilitating community fire management. 

Yellow-headed Parrot

The Yellow-headed parrot (Amazona oratrix belizensis) is an endangered species that is only found in the wild in a small area of Southern Belize.  Due to it's ability to memorize and repeat sounds it is a popular pet and as such is often captured and sold to the pet trade. With most poaching occurring in the forest reserves surrounding Payne’s Creek National Park (PNCP), members of TIDE’s terrestrial team have set up an artificial nest box program to offer greater protection and increase survival for this endangered species. In 2014 we monitored the breeding success in both artificial and natural nests. Of 19 nest boxes, five were used, with 10 eggs laid and five chicks successfully fledged. We observed 14 natural nests. In the six within reach of proper monitoring, 16 eggs were laid, 13 hatched, and nine chicks fledged.

Dump Study

A dump study was completed to identify the extent to which the Rio Grande dump site is impacting the Rio Grande River and the species within.

Hicatee turtle

Hicatees are a Meso-American river turtle that are found in only four countries globally; Belize; Guatemala; Mexico; Honduras. They are slow growing animals and take 9-10 months to hatch from their eggs after being laid. They are being over-hunted in Belize's rivers and they are now critically endangered. Due to their slow life cycle, the hicatees are not reproducing fast enough to balance their loss in numbers through hunting.

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