“2nd Annual Hamanasi Back To School Fest In Hopkins”

On Sunday 20th July 2014 Hamanasi’s Green Team held the 2nd Annual Back To School Fest in Hopkins Village. This year we started off by having Ms. Charlotte Garnet very kindly lead all the kids in singing the Belize national anthem to formally open the Fest. Then we had educational talks by special guest speakers.

bird talkMs. Celeshia Guy, Manager of Belize Bird Rescue and Ms. Lauren Whitfield, an intern gave a very informative talk about keeping birds and information about the 9 different parrots that are found in Belize. They made it fun for all and even got audience participation by getting the kids to read out the different types of parrots.

Fest 4  manatee needs your helpThen Mr. Jamal Galves, a Manatee Research Associate at Sea 2 Shore Alliance/Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute spoke about Manatees that are found in the waters in Belize especially around Hopkins and introduced the kids to a prize wheel where if they answered a question correctly about the information they had just been taught they had a chance to spin the wheel to win a whole host of different prizes.

There was then a safety talk by PC Claudious Cardinez regarding curfew times, reminding kids to not just jump in anyone’s car and also that double ride is actually against the law. After talks from our guest speakers we had 2 talks by our very own Green Team members!

CPRFirst off we had a CPR demonstration by our newly qualified Emergency First Response Instructor Mr. Martin Carr who taught the kids what to do if they see an accident and how to do CPR until the emergency medical service arrives.

Then Mr. Juan Tun, Hamanasi’s very own green fingered organic gardener, explained to all the kids and parents that growing plants at home is neither hard nor expensive. You can create simple compost using left over food scraps, garden waste and old seaweed washed up on the beach. Also you don’t need to buy expensive plant pots, simply use the inside of a toilet roll to plant seeds and then when the seed has sprouted you can use the remains of a coconut for the plants to continue to grow.

Great information from all our special guest speakers!

After the speakers Hopkins School Principal Ms. Seferina Castillo handed out the backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies for the neediest children in Hopkins Village.

Games 1 gamesIn the afternoon all the kids joined in with many games that were held on the beach to win school supply prizes including, three legged race, running race, marble and spoon race and sack race. For those that weren’t feeling so energetic we had a colouring in table for the kids to complete the activity sheet kindly given to all of them by Belize Bird Rescue. At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and every single attendee went home with lots of school supplies donated by Hamanasi’s very kind guests.Kids back packs

“April – Green Newsletter”

Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population

 Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca

Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.

 

Birding Paradise in Belize

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Click any of these great birding photos to enlarge!

With over 500 species of birds in vast tracks of wild land, Belize is a birder’s paradise!  From the coast to the savanna to the riverbanks to the mountainous rainforest, Hamanasi’s unique mainland location makes these diverse habitats easily accessible to serious and novice birders alike!  Enjoy tropical birding with our experienced guides and see the rare and the colorful!   A special “thank you” to Peter Hawrylyshyn for these amazing photos.  Are you tempted?

Hamanasi Gets a New Look…On Our Blog!

Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog “Hamanasi Happenings”!  The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr.  So check it out and spread the word!

                                   The Hamanasi Team

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize

Hamanasi Guides work with Students for the Love of Birding!

Hamanasi guides, Golden and Pedro, work with students from the local school to show them another side of nature!  The guides took the students birding in the Hopkins and Sittee River areas and to Red Bank Village to see the Scarlet Macaws.  These students have volunteered for the workstudy with the guides to learn more about birds in the surrounding area and their habitats.

Birds at Red Bank Belize!

Red Legged Honeycreeper

Birders on the way to see the Scarlet Macaws this morning were fortunate to see the Red Legged Honeycreeper while on their early morning trek through the village of Red Bank!

Birding in Belize!

Hamanasi guides, “Golden” Miranda and Pedro Ical, recently participated in Part I of a new Birding Ecology course offered in Belize! TIDE Tours is presenting a Certificate Program in Bird Ecology Mass Audubon, the first ever course of its kind to be held in Southern Belize. Part I was held on November 14-16, a 3-day intensive session covering various aspects of: Anatomy and Physiology, Orientation and Systematics, Evolution and Speciation, Flight and Migration, and Bird Conservation. Part II will be a 3-day session to be held on the 24th -26th of May 2010, and will include aspects of: Breeding Biology, Feeding Ecology, and Leadership Skills. The program also included early morning bird walks and a self-study assignment to be completed between the two formal sessions.

The purpose of the program is to enhance the ornithology (study of birds) knowledge base of naturalist guides, teachers, and others with a strong interest in the birds of Belize. Golden and Pedro are very excited to expand their already extensive knowledge about the local and regional birds. Hamanasi has an early-morning Birding Tour every Thursday!

Tropical Birding Site Reopens in Belize Vacation Paradise

The historical site, Serpon Sugar Mill, has recently reopened to the public! This is great news to all tropical bird lovers, and to those who have yet to discover the beauty of tropical birding in Belize. The Sugar Mill is home to many species of birds and is a favorite locale for Hamanasi’s guides. You’ll want to add this to your “to do” list when planning your Belize vacation with Hamanasi Resort!

Tropical Beauty in Belize

Hamanasi Resort guest, Dr. Robert Small, captures beautiful images of birds and flowers…adventure and beauty abounds in Belize! Hamanasi is home to many species of birds, flora and fauna…you can explore with our expert guides or simply walk around the property discovering the beautiful and unusual on your own…

Toucan Sightings on Tropical Birding Tour!

You never know just what you’ll see on Hamanasi’s early morning birding tours, and lately one of the most colorful birds in the jungle of Belize has been making a regular appearance! These pictures were taken by one of our guests. On most tours, our amazing guides spot anywhere from 40-60 various species of tropical birds right in our backyard and surrounding areas. What a beautiful way to start another day in paradise…