Crunchy Tales contributor Amy Spencer never fully understood her best friend’s newfound passion for birding. At least, not until she experienced birding for herself. In a recent article published by the illustrated online magazine dedicated to celebrating women over forty, Spencer details some of the best birdwatching spots in Belize. She also highlights Belize as a hidden gem in the world of winter sun destinations, easily accessible from most of North America.
You see, observing the world around you isn’t just about appreciating the beauty of nature or noticing quirky details. It’s an exercise that can enhance your life in surprising and meaningful ways.
Through birding, Spencer came to appreciate the benefits of having to pause and observe one’s surroundings. And, through birdwatching in Belize, she quickly came to realize that, though small, the country is certainly big on birding.
Birding in Belize
When it comes to birding hotspots in Belize, the locales are as diverse as the wildlife is plentiful. In fact, Belize is home to some 600 species. In her article, Spencer recommends the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Half Moon Caye, Mayflower Bocawina National Park, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Sittee River as top birding destinations.
Beyond the bird-watching destinations, though, every October, Belize hosts its annual Birding Festival. There, birding enthusiasts get the chance to embark on an urban birdwatching experience and learn from industry experts through workshops and panel discussions.