The 2nd Annual Belize Birding Festival

by McNab Editorial Team

The Belize Birding Festival takes place this weekend!

The Belize Birding Festival welcomes local and international birders and wildlife enthusiasts to enhance their appreciation of the spectacular beauty of the natural habitat, throughout the length and breadth of the country, that the almost 590 resident and migratory birds of Belize live in. Enjoy the day strolling through vendor booths, attending workshops, join a group for a birding tour, share photos and experiences about your birding adventures!

In partnership, the Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA), Belize Audubon Society (BAS), and the Belize Hotel Association (BHA) comprise the organizing partners of the annual Belize Birding Festival. In 2018, the 1st Annual Belize Birding Festival saw over 200 local and international guests attending the day’s workshops, presentations, birding activities, and cocktail hour. In 2019, we are aiming to double these figures! If you all have an on-site tour guide or front desk person, this is a great opportunity to build their capacity and explore the growing niche market of Bird Tourism. At a glance? Over 30,000 persons visited Belize in 2018 for birding alone (BTB, 2019). And that figure is expected to grow!

Photo Courtesy: Jason Tiesman

The Festivals Agenda

For the 2nd Belize Birding Festival, three exceptional guest speakers will be featured on October 19th-20th, 2019 at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel:

  • John Fitzpatrick, Director of Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • Lee Jones, Author of Birds of Belize
  • Serge Arias, CEO of Birdwatching Central America

This weekend’s events will include birding tours, networking opportunities, exhibitor booths, workshops, and presentations. In addition to a cocktail, coffee refreshments, merchandise, and much, much more.  Registration is still open at Whether you’re a beginning or avid birder, this is the event to immerse yourself in this growing market! Learn more about the next upcoming Belize Birding Festival by visiting our website at

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Written by: Carolee Chanona

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