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Belize Birding Festival debut

Repeating Islands

A report by Jared McCallister for The New York Daily News.

The recent Belize Birding Festival — starring beautiful nation and close to 590 resident and migratory birds — really took off, and the preparation for next year’s event is already underway.

Held in October in Belmopan, Belize, the inaugural event — presented by the Belize Tourism Industry Association in partnership with the Belize Hotel Association, Belize Audubon Society, and the Belize Tourism Board — had workshops, vendors’ displays and bird-watching tours.

“The BTIA is proud to have been one of the leading organizers of the first annual Belize Birding Festival, said executive director, John Burgos.

“We are definitely looking forward to planning for the second annual Belize Birding Festival to be hosted in October 2019, which will see greater participation of international birders wanting to bird-watch in Belize.”

For festival information,

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