The Belize Bird Trail has the potential to build considerable capacity for birding and nature watching tourism on a national level. In order to prove this model the edge of the Mountain Pine Ridge (MPR) in Cayo District has been selected as a ‘pilot project’ due to the unique habitat and rare species that can be observed there. The proposed trail would include areas of the MPR that are adjacent to the 13,000 acre Noj Kaax Meen Elijio Panti National Park and the 264,00 acre Chiquibul National Park.
A small selection of the rare and endangered species that can be observed in this region include the Solitary Eagle, Harpy Eagle, Stygian Owl, King Vulture, Black-and-white Hawk Eagle, Orange-breasted Falcon, Keel-billed Motmot and Scarlet Macaw.
The project would ideally suit a coalition of local stakeholders (hoteliers, tour guide association, local communities, birding groups and a voluntourism operator who could provide logistical and funding help to the project.
More information can be found on this project on the Belize Bird Trail Blog at: