Tierney Thys, National Geographic Expedition Leader Visits Blackbird Caye

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barrier1Come join our Belize Island Resort for an epic Belize Vacation Package! Guests from across the globe rave about our luxurious accommodations and marvel at our Ocean wonders! Learn more about the area as explained by Tierney Thys, National Geographic Expedition Leader, Marine Biologist and Filmmaker.

The National Geographic Expedition groups travel to the ends of the earth to places where the guests can experience cultural tours, safaris and journeys to the world’s most astonishing places. This year we are proud to know that the trip to Blackbird Caye Resort was the #1 expedition booked and the #1 to sell out of all the student expeditions offered worldwide.

Teirney found the area of Turneffe Atoll to be an excellent balance between an aquatic resource for first timers as well as for experts alike. She also explains that the area is rich in adventure and that the pristine waters and bountiful marine at Blackbird Caye Resort create the perfect conditions for many species to survive and thrive in these waters. As a marine biologist she feels ecstatic seeing the youth wanting to get involved in learning how to help in the preservation of the ocean and how they want to understand more about its importance in relation to our existence on earth. It is through further understanding of the ocean and marine life that we can ensure it will remain a resource for future generations.

We are all aware that not only climate changes affect our oceans but that there are other problems offsetting its balance such as pollution, acidification, lack of fish, desertification, and global warming, but Teirney found the area where our Belize Resort is to be a shot of adrenaline to a previously dismal outlook. The area of Turneffe where Blackbird Caye Resort is located plays home to many ocean studies and research. There are routine reef audits, dolphin research by the Oceanic Society, and many more projects aimed at preserving our natural resources. Belize is playing an important role by taking ownership & pride in being part of the solution for conserving the World’s Oceans for future generations. The ocean is the vascular system of the Earth and brings life to all of its inhabitants. Turneffe, Belize has been making excellent progress with coral coverage and we have tracked reduction in the algae population from previous levels. This progress is bringing new hope to Belize and is a model for other oceanic communities.

The staff and dive masters at Blackbird Caye Resort are professional and highly knowledgeable. Their level of expertise provided the expedition group leaders of these expeditions with a break so they could enjoy the area and relax while the students discover an amazing world underneath all its beauty. Blackbird Caye Resort is located in one of the most amazing natural habitats in the world and provides divers with endless wonders to enjoy.

Call Blackbird Caye today for your next Belize Resort Experience. We offer the best Belize Packages, Adventures, and family vacations. Most people visit us for Belize Diving and Belize Snorkeling, but you’re welcome to relax on the beach and disconnect from the rat race, take it easy; if that’s what you’re looking for.

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CREATURE FEATURE: American Crocodile

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5 things we can do to help the endangered American Crocodile.

The American Crocodile was officially discovered and documented in 1807 and named Crocodylus acutus. However, many thought the species to be an alligator — after much deliberation it was finally categorized as a crocodile 1822.

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Off the endangered species list

Although the American Crocodile was officially taken off of the endangered list in 2007, and downgraded to a “threatened” species, it remains protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  Therefore, it is still illegal to “harass, poach or kill” them.

For those of you with a passion for conservationism, ask the people in charge of the Belize resort that you are staying at to direct you to a local chapter of organizations listed below, that are dedicated to helping the American Crocodile remain off of the endangered list.

The crocodiles are in their element within Turneffe Atoll’s thick foliage. As the largest atoll in the western hemisphere, Turneffe comprises nearly 150 islands and is covered in the largest mangrove system in Belize — perfect for the American crocodile.

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Adopt your own Croc

Below, are some exciting activities you can participate in, in order to help this animal while you are in Belize.

1.   Sponsor a crocodile:  By sending a donation of as little as $10/month, you will be helping a rescued, injured and/or abused American Crocodile with first-class vet care such as food, vitamins and medical follow-ups, as well as the maintenance of its natural habitat.
2.   “Adopt-A-Croc”:  For as little as $100 yearly, you are able to adopt your own American Crocodile. You will receive your personalized Adoption Certificate in conjunction with quarterly updates regarding the progress of your crocodile.  You will automatically receive the title of “Croc-Crusader” and receive email updates concerning the latest research available and being conducted, plus information related to your “child”.
3.   The “Rouge-Croc “Benefactor:  Your donation of 5K, or more will provide you with the opportunity to have a habitats/sanctuaries named after you, with your name denoted on a plaque.  Also, you will get to enjoy your very own “Croc Day”, where you may take family and friends for them to become familiarized with the work being performed within your habitat.  For additional benefits refer to ACES, below.
4.   Immediately report to the local authorities anyone that you come across poaching an animal, or if you come across a dead crocodile
5.   Immediately report to the local authorities anyone you come across that is selling the skull, teeth or any other parts of an American Crocodile.

Lastly, you may contact any of the organizations, listed below, to donate money.  Note that all financial donations are tax deductible.

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Known as the Crocodylus acutus

Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI):

A Florida-based non-profit organization, which is primarily involved with the conservation and assistance of the American Crocodile in Florida.  Contact them and find out how you may help out American Crocodiles in Belize. http://myfwc.com

Belize Wildlife Conservation Network (BWNC):

This organization assists in the rehabilitation of crocodiles and release of the American Crocodile which have been harmed, hurt or mistreated, as well as with other animals.  It is a non-profit organization which is able to do great work with financial support via membership fees, sponsorships, grants and fundraisings. http://www.wildlifebelize.com

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