The BTIA in partnership with the Belize Hotel Association and Belize Audubon Society will host the 1st Annual Belize Birding Festival on Saturday, October 27, 2018 in the City of Belmopan, Belize. The aim of the festival is to attract birders to experience an array of birding tours while engaging with local tourism service providers promoting Belize as a prime birding destination.
The schedule of events will feature:
• Early morning Urban Bird Watch
• Keynote Presenter – Dr. Oliver Komar
• Birding & Photography Talks
• Video Documentaries
• Afternoon Guided Bird Walk
• Exhibits and Vendors
• Evening Cocktail
Professor Oliver Komar has 27 years of experience studying the birds of northern Central America. He teaches biodiversity, ecology and agroecology at Zamorano University in Honduras, and has conducted field research on birds in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. Apart from reviewing eBird records for three countries, he is an active contributor to citizen science projects such as eBird, Xeno-canto, and iNaturalist. He has written over 200 technical reports and science articles about birds, including quarterly columns about Central American bird distribution for the North American Birds journal since 2005. He is the co-author of the relatively new Peterson Guide to Birds of Northern Central America (2016, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Birding has been his passion since he was 7 years old, and he later studied zoology (B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University) and avian ecology (Ph.D., University of Kansas). He is contemplating starting a career as a bird tour leader in the year 2030, when he retires from teaching.