With nearly half of its land in designated protected areas and an extremely low population density, Belize is a haven for wildlife, especially birds. We are lucky to have unspoiled tracts of tropical forests, savannahs, cayes, wetlands, and coastal plains providing habitats for a myriad of local and migratory birds. As of late 2008, 587 species of birds had been identified in Belize, and new species are recorded all the time. Check out our bird list that can be seen at our Belize Jungle Lodge. The Belize Audobon Society website is a great resource for more information.
Whether you have a casual interest in birds or you are a serious birder, Cotton Tree Lodge has something for everyone. We have a few field guides available for you to borrow from our library, but you may want to pick up a copy of H. Lee Jone’s Birds of Belize and purchase a good pair of binoculars before your trip. All guests are encouraged to contribute their sightings to the Cotton Tree Lodge bird list.
The land surrounding Cotton Tree Lodge is home to many birds, and you can easily spot them from the porch of your cabana, a kayak on the Moho, the gazebo, the access road, and the garden. The best times to birdwatch are the hours around dawn, and between 4 and 6pm in the evening. Our guides offer introductory early-morning birdwalks upon request, and group tours are available to see the Scarlet Macaws in Red Bank from January to March. However, more serious birders may consider hiring an expert local guide for a private tour. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for guide availability and reservations.
Special Opportunity to Participate in the Annual Punta Gorda Christmas Bird Count:
The Belize Audobon Society organizes an annual Christmas Bird Count in different districts of Belize around the December holidays. If you are interested in participating with a group or as an individual, please contact Cotton Tree Lodge for more information. Non-Belizeans are asked for a minimum donation of US $6 to the Belize Audobon Society to participate.