Birders Set Your Sights on the 2023 Belize Birding Festival

by Khaila Gentle

The secret is out – Belize is a haven for birders. And, if you’re an avid birder, here’s why you should set your sights on Belize in October 2023.

Often compared to a form of meditation that demands quiet focus and movement with intent, birding reveals unexpected delight in the discovery of new species, the usual suspects, and the beauty of adventure in between

Belize: A Small Country with Big Birding

The Belize Birding Festival 2023

Birds take flight in Crooked Tree village. Photo Credit: Belize Tourism Board

Set to take place on October 7, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Old Belize, the Belize Birding Festival is the country’s event of the year for birding enthusiasts and nature lovers. Welcoming local and international wildlife lovers from near and far, the festival will feature a day of workshops, discussion panels, and even a birdwatching excursion.

The first-ever festival was held in 2018 at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel and saw some 200 attendees. This year, of course, is set to be even bigger!

Kick the day off with an urban birdwatch at the Belize Audubon Society Headquarters. Then, venture up the George Price Highway to Old Belize, found at Mile 5, for birding workshops and presentations followed by a cocktail hour. This year’s keynote speaker is Ketnika Domen of the American Birding Association.

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Register for the Belize Birding Festival here. Tickets cost $20 for an exhibition and workshop pass. The all-access pass is $35 and includes a welcome package, the urban bird tour, exhibition, and workshop.

Belize Is A Birdwatcher’s Dream Come True

Photo Credit: Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Impressively boasting almost 600 species of birds, Belize has been captivating avid birders for decades now.  Whether you’re a novice or a full-on ornithologist, birding in Belize is sure to be a treat. With diverse ecosystems and more than a third of its terrestrial landmass made up of protected areas, this small but diverse nation has a lot to offer in terms of wildlife encounters. So much so, that it’s fairly easy to be a backyard birder, too.

Train your eyes on the canopies of the rainforest or in the waters of the wetlands to catch a glimpse of tanagers, jabiru storks, toucans, chachalacas, mot mots, and much, much more.

Featured Photo by Duarte Dellarole.

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