Environmental Science, Policy & Geography

Environmental Science Policy & Geography
USF St Petersburg Dav 100
St Petersburg, FL 33701
Ph: 727-873-4156

Maintained by Dr. Bob Wang
Last updated 5/13/13

 

Daily Activities of Study Aboard in Belize

Date

Activities

Day 1 - Wed

  • Arrival to LCRS
  • Orientation to LCRS and course

Dinner

  • Presentation on the Chiquibul Forest - Do's and Don'ts

Day 2 – Thurs

  • Bird watching and mist netting
  • Broad leaf Forest Ecology
  • Practical on vegetation surveys and carbon sequestration

Lunch

  • Non-timber forest products surveys

Dinner

  • Presentation on protected areas management

Day 3 - Fri

Breakfast

  • Tourism and recreation in protected areas
  • Tour of Caracol Archaeological Reserve
  • Discussion on the ancient Mayas and use of natural resources

Lunch (picnic style lunch at Caracol)

  • Medicinal plants
  • Return to LCRS

Dinner

Day 4 – Sat

  • Bird watching and mist netting

Breakfast

  • Plant animal relationships
  • Small mammal trapping (setting of Sherman traps)

Lunch

  • Setting of camera traps
  • Check Sherman traps and re-bait

Dinner

  • Night walks for wildlife spotting

Day 5 - Sun

Breakfast

  • Pine Forest Ecosystems
  • Ecology of pine forests (management and conservation issues)
  • Pine forest stock surveys

Lunch (picnic lunch in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve)

  • Watershed management
  • Overlook the Chalillo Lake (discussion on issues relating to hydropower generation)
  • Return to LCRS

Dinner

Day 6 - Mon

  • Bird watching and mist netting

Breakfast

  • Checking of Sherman traps and collection
  • Tour of cave: Cave ecology (management and conservation issues)

Lunch

  • Collection of camera traps and observe results
  • Leisure time
  • Hike bird tower trail to have a panoramic view of the Chiquibul Forest (optional)

Dinner

Day 7 - Tues

Research/Flexible time

Day 8 – Wedn

Departure from LCRS (after breakfast)

Stop at the Belize Zoo to learn about their wildlife conservation programmes.

Note:
- Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m, lunch at noon and dinner at 6:00 p.m.  Bird watching and mist netting is from 6:00 to 7:30 a.m
- Be advised that activities per day may change due to daily changes in weather conditions

                                       Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

Date

Activities

Day 8 - Wed

  • Arrival in Caye Caulker
  • Orientation to Caye Caulker and Caye Caulker Forest and Marine Reserve

Dinner

Presentation on the CCFMR - Do's and Don'ts

Day 9 - Thurs

Breakfast

  • Boat Ride to the CCFR - Lecture and practical exercise on mangrove ecology and monitoring protocol (long sleeve shirts and trousers and closed shoe is mandatory)
  • FAMRACC Mangrove Restoration Program

Lunch

  • Seagrass Monitoring (Seagrass Net and SMP Protocols)
  • Visit to the Fishermen Cooperative to monitor delivery of species

Dinner

Day 10 – Fri

Breakfast

  • Commercial Species - Biological Monitoring of Conch (SMP Protocol) for abundance and distribution
  • Lobster Monitoring for abundance and distribution (SMP)

Lunch

  • Fish Survey (SMP)

Day 11 - Sat

Breakfast

  • Protected Areas Management - Enforcement via Shadow Patrol within the CCMR
  • Protected Areas and Tourism - Impact of tourism on marine ecology

Lunch

  • Coral Reef Monitoring (SMP)

Dinner

Day 12 – Sun

Breakfast

  • CCMR Zonation, Rules and Regulations and Challenges encountered
  • Presentation from Swallow Caye (Community Based Organization)
  • Importance of Stakeholder participation, education and outreach
  • MPA effectiveness evaluation (Ms. Arnold)

Lunch

  • Importance of Co-management of Protected Areas in Developing Countries - Interviews with FAMRACC personnel
  • Restaurant and Giftshop Inspections for Illegal Fisheries Products

Day 13 - Mon

Research/flexible time

Day 14 - Tues

Travel Back to the USA

 


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