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March 24, 2014: Big Wave Crashes, Haitian Folk-Tunes, Babysitting Gorillas and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week they are held underwater until they blackout and are rescued, put Langston Hughes’ poetry to music, study bats in the living room, grow up with gorillas, survive a deadly Antarctic expedition, remind travelers to represent their nations, refuse to order bluefin tuna sushi, and create stronger laws to protect elephants.

European Union Fisheries Ban Ignores Belize Conservation Success Story

In its coastal fisheries, Belize is leading the way in innovative management strategies designed to preserve biodiversity in a manner that keeps fishermen on the water and focused on the long-term sustainability of fish stocks. Future generations of Belizeans will be able to carry on their rich fishing traditions thanks to the decisions, at times quite difficult, being made right now.

Go Inside: Photographing Belize from the Air

Tony Rath’s day begins with a motion sickness pill and a good breakfast because even the hardiest stomach can churn when banked 45 degrees while peering through a viewfinder a thousand feet above Belize’s reefs.

Travels in Belize: Eco-Tourism, Mayan Temples, Snakes That Chase You, Pasta with Coppola

Simon Worrall first traveled to Belize more than 20 years ago to do a travel guide for Fodor’s. “It was just as Belize was getting on people’s radar,” he says. “I knew it was one of those remote corners of the British Empire, and I was intrigued.” Now Worrall, who has written about Patagonia, a…

Fate of the Jaguar: A Conversation with Panthera’s Dr. Howard Quigley

News Watch Contributor Dr. Jordan Schaul interviews Dr. Howard Quigley of Panthera about the status of the jaguar. Like many apex predators the jaguar serves as a national symbol for multiple countries, where it is revered as a most powerful and stealthy predator. The iconic wild felid is a member of the pantherine lineage of…

Belize Fights Back Against an Uninvited Guest

Lionfish are predators of Belize’s waters, threatening tourism and local wildlife. Could offering them as a delicacy solve the problem?

Caribbean Nations Must Think Bigger and Act Boldly and Soon to Sustain Ocean Resources

I was honored to be asked to speak at the Caribbean Challenge Initiative’s Summit of Political and Business Leaders, which took place in the British Virgin Islands May 17th and 18th. (See AP story for an overview of the event.) I spoke from the heart, and here is what I said: At the risk of…

Happy Birthday Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize

It was a pleasure to hear of a birthday on July 2nd, happening in Belize, site of the greatest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. It was a birthday marking the authorization of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, 25 years ago. Joining in the commemoration were Belizeans and ex-patriot friends of Belize from around the world. Among those friends, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

Belize sets aside land for jaguar corridor

More than 7,000 acres of key jaguar habitat between Belize City and Belmopan, the capital of Belize, has been designated as a sanctuary for the embattled big cat, the conservation organization Panthera said yesterday. Describing the sanctuary as “another huge step forward in the fight to save wild cats,” Panthera said the Labouring Creek Jaguar…

NG Weekend: Battle at Kruger

This week on National Geographic Weekend radio, host Boyd Matson speaks with guests about hope for people living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa, scarlet macaws, animal survival, compost, humpback whales, an Arctic journey, and dignity for Ethiopian mothers. Hour 1 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Zinhle “Zinny” Thabethe has a voice that moves audiences to tears,…

Video: Beware the botfly

By James G. Robertson, National Geographic Digital Media A New York Times story yesterday brought this video to our attention, which we found both fascinating and disturbing. Wildlife filmmaker Vanessa Serrao returned from Belize with a special souvenir after she was bit on the head by a mosquito carrying a botfly egg, according to reporting…

Alexandra Cousteau’s Blue Planet

I got together with environmentalist, advocate, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Alexandra Cousteau at headquarters yesterday afternoon to discuss something she thinks about lots and speaks of with passion: Water. Over the last half-year, Alexandra’s Expedition: Blue Planet has taken her to India, Botswana, the Middle East, the Mississippi River, and Cambodia chronicling “the interconnectivity…

Do Palm Sunday Crosses Burden the Environment?

Photo by Adrian Gonsalves Palm Sunday crosses may be contributing to the destruction of rainforest ecosystems throughout Central America, in particular in Belize,” Fauna & Flora International (FFI) said in a statement last night. Xaté is a type of palm that is commonly used in flower arrangements across the U.S. and other countries, said Rebecca…