Location and Pictures

 

Location:

Belize is a small country in Central America where English is the official language.  The English spoken by most people is a Creole dialect.  The population of Belize is ethnically diverse with Mayans, Garifunas, Creoles, Mestizos, and refugees from neighboring countries living together without much ethnic tension.  There are also small groups of Mennonites who still speak an old form of German as well as Chinese and Indians.  Although Belize was "discovered" a few years ago as a tourism destination, the tourism industry is still not highly developed and one can still travel through Belize without enduring resorts that cater to the beach crowd, except on Ambergris Caye, the largest caye on the barrier reef. Considering the small land area of Belize, there is a surprising diversity of ecosystems: wetlands, riparian, coastal, and montane, that have not been impacted by humans to the degree that natural areas have been affected in other Central American countries.  The barrier reef off the coast of Belize is spectacular where marine ecosystems remain largely undisturbed and where one can still observe ocean mammals, manatees and dolphins, just by boating from one caye to another.


 

 

 


 

Some web-based pictures of Belize

 

Images at:

http://www.trphoto.com/portbel.html

 

Dory Racing, Gales Point, Belize

Temple of Canaa, Caracol

Images at:

http://www.marineecology.com/fac.html

Cabin at Possum Point

Possum Point dining room

Cabin at Wee Wee Caye

Snorkelling at Wee Wee Caye

 


Belize field course pictures from Tropical Biology,

Western Michigan University, Department of Biological Sciences

 

Buttressed trees at Mayflower

Local scorpion

Boys on top of Mayan pyramid in the forest at Mayflower

Wading the Sittee River upstream from Possum Point.

Paul Shave leading the waders

Juvenile coral snake caught swimming across the river and then released.

Class photo at All Pines savannah habitat

Ants on an orchid

Ceiba silhouette at dusk from the porch at Possum Point

Leaf cutter ants at Possum Point

Termite nest in tree at Possum Point

Starfish research at Wee Wee Caye

The starfish

Island hopping lunch

After lunch

Dock at Wee Wee Caye

Smithsonian Research Station

Wee Wee cabin in the mangroves

Wee Wee Caye

Sarah caught a barracuda

Setting out quadrats

Coral head

Gorgonian sea fan

On the dock at Wee Wee Caye

WMU students at Wee Wee Caye with Dr Malcolm

 

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