Month: March 2014

Belize: A Sanctuary for Manatees

Manatees are, if not a common sight, at least a familiar one off Southeastern coasts of the United States. Found most often in the warm Gulf waters of Florida and Louisiana, but also as far north as Georgia and the Carolinas, these slow, peaceful herbivores have been called everything from …

The Lionfish Invasion of Belize

Over the course of human existence various species have been accidentally and intentionally introduced into new environments. This can often lead to serious environmental consequences. The invasive species often push native species into extinction creating an imbalance in dynamics of the ecosystem. Kudzu, the Emerald Ash Borer, and lionfish are …

Orchid Evolution and the Black Orchids of Belize

They may be the oldest family of flowering plants in the world, and are certainly one of the largest: between 21,950 and 26,044 species share the name Orchidaceae. A favorite of cultivators around the globe, orchids may just be on the most remarkable examples of plant diversity. From the Australian …