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Waterbirds in another part of Guatemala

The bird I most want to see in the wild is a king vulture: it is a majestic bird. I also am eager to find the Laughing Falcon, since this is an important bird character in the Mayan mythical saga of the Popol Vuh.

But waterbirds the are species (along with parrots and macaws) most often pictured in Classic Maya art. Waterbirds are common since Mayan cosmology is focused on the Surface of the Underwaterworld.

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Here are the drawings of waterbirds to help teachers provide visual material for the students. We do the illustrations in a zoologically accurate manner but with children friendly expressions on the birds, especially the eyes of the bird and their body language.

 

So in mid-February we spent several days studying as many waterbirds as we could find from the Rio Polochic through Bocas del Polochic, then the Lake Izabal, then El Golfete and finally the Rio Dulce. We will need more time to do Amatique Bay another visit (and the coastal area also).

 

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We do children’s books on birds to help children learn not to shoot them with slingshots, not to dump garbage in the rivers and lakes, and to use less soap when washing dishes and clothes in the rivers and lake shores.

Waterbirds are helpful learning tool for children

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Here are the drawings of waterbirds to help teachers provide visual material for the students. We do the illustrations in a zoologically accurate manner but with children friendly expressions on the birds, especially the eyes of the bird and their body language.

 

For children to learn about birds one place to start is waterbirds, terrestrial birds on land, treetop birds. Then you can introduce the concept of birds of prey. Also consider vultures (the services they provide to clean up decaying dead animal bodies).

In January we started the year out in the rivers, lakes, lagoons, and swamps of Canal de Chiquimulilla, the CECON-USAC nature park near Monterrico (parallel to the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala).

 

We continue our research on pollinators

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Solitary bees found and photographed in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz. Photo by Erick Flores, FLAAR.

 

We have been doing so much research and photographing insects, plants, animals and eco-systems that we have not updated this Mayan characters web site very much. But you can find monthly updates on our Facebook page.

Pollinators are important worldwide, because if there were no pollinators, what food would we have to eat? Literally.

A substantial percentage of the food we eat does not reproduce unless pollinated (mostly by insects).

Plus, the forests, fields and seasonal Neotropical rain forests would not have any more trees, vines, bushes, or remarkable blooming plants if there were no pollinators.

We will are doing research primarily with high-resolution cameras, though of course it is not easy to be “at the right place at the right time” to capture every pollinator. But if funding becomes available we can send teams to pertinent eco-systems.

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds of course are well known pollinators. We will focus on showing the world the wasps, beetles, flies, moths and other insects who also are pollinators (so people don’t kill them with pesticides.

Plus reptiles and mammals (micoleon) are pollinators.

For educational programs for children, adults (and the grandparents of school and college students) this information will be helpful.

Most of all, we wish to help preserve the flora and fauna of Guatemala and Mesoamerica.

 

Happy Holidays, December and January New Year 2018

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FLAAR Reports has two divisions; you are now on one of the web sites of the tropical Mesoamerica flora and fauna team. If you are interested in wide-format inkjet printers, we have an entire network to explain this technology: www.wide-format-printers.org

There is also a growing team of illustrators and graphic designers who do educational children’s books (to show the world the remarkable plants and animals of 2000 years of Mayan civilization in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador).

To experience remarkable tropical flowers of Guatemala, enjoy our www.maya-ethnobotany.org.

To experience remarkable animals of Guatemala and Mayan Culture, enjoy our www.maya-ethnozoology.org.

This conference is made to present the importance of nutrition among Guatemalan children, especially in rural areas, and the health benefits that this can have in the Mayan society.

 

FLAAR Mesoamerica has the honor to invite you to…

Plantas Comestibles Nutritivas para Mejorar Significativamente la Dieta y Salud de los Niños en las Zonas Rurales de Guatemala

This conference is made to present the importance of nutrition among Guatemalan children, especially in rural areas, and the health benefits that this can have in the Mayan society.

Mayan comic book character female Guatemalan squirrel toons MQ copyright FLAAR 2016

You can download the formal invitation in the link above.