• Water Lily

    Why is there a Mayan “water lily Jaguar”?

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  • Boated-Billed Heron

    Discovery of a boat-billed heron, in the Canal de Chiquimulilla, near Monterrico

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  • Scarlet Macaw

    Four good places to study the scarlet macaw, Ara macao, are AutoSafari Chapin, Las Guacamayas Biological Station, Copan Ruinas, and Macaw Mountain (all in Central America).

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  • Jaguar Cub

    Learning about Jaguars in Guatemala

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Toucan

Keel-billed toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus is a logo-like symbol of the Neotropical seasonal rain forests of Mesoamerica and adjacent areas (and hence a common corporate logo).

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Owl

We will have a page related to Owls soon.

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Squirrel

We will have a page related to our squirrels art soon.

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Macaw

The Scarlet macaw was a logo for the Maya 1400 years ago.

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Getting to know pollinators other than just bees

We have so many species of different flowering plants in the FLAAR Mayan Ethnobotanical Research Garden that we see pollinators almost every day.

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Bee or wasp? We are interested in finding and photographing wasps which are pollinators and then finding nests of “honey wasps.”

Yes, some wasps in Mexico, Guatemala and nearby countries make honey.

What is the world is this insect?

Whatever it is, it's on the same flowers at same time of day as both bees and wasps.

Sure has big eyes.

Is this a male mosquito? Or a “mosquito fly”?

Sure is nicely posing for the photo (because it is busy harvesting nectar).

School presentation in mountain area above Rio Cahabon

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After walking across the impressive swinging hammock bridge, we hiked up the hill to donate educational material to the schools along the Rio Cahabon, Alta Verapaz..

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).

 

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.

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.