About Belize, Central America

 

About Roni Martinez

 

 I was born in Belize and took it personally to explore every corner of this Jewel. I wanted to see every bird in its habitat and understand why it was there. In 2008, I ventured into becoming a certified Tour Guide and getting deeper knowledge on birds thru a Mass Audubon Advanced Bird Ecology course.  This led over the years to volunteering in research and conservation projects involving rare species such as Orange-breasted falcons with The Peregrine Fund, Scarlet Macaws with the Belize Bird Conservancy or Solitary Eagles and Stygian Owls with the Belize Raptor Research Institute.

 

Later, I ventured not only into birding, but teaching it.  The legitimate love I have for birds inspired me to take on the task to train bird guides at a basic and advanced level throughout the country.  Seeing them now birding across the country and searching for more, gives me a great satisfaction. 

 

I have helped or led birding expeditions to remote areas of Belize, be it to some of the highest ridges in the Maya Mountains or the last little islands beside the barrier reef. My passion to see more feathered friends has also led me to bird the highlands of Guatemala and El Salvador, where I have met numerous friends with the same passion.  These travels have given me a first-hand experience of the country, and that's what I want to share with you.