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July 26, 2012

Belize, Day 1

Tropical Ecology Institute

Our day started bright and early at RDU (Raleigh-Durham Airport). Not content to let a moment go to waste, we immediately spotted a praying mantis on the window at the gate, which led to a discussion about Chinese versus Carolina mantids. A few hours later we arrived in Belize and were thrilled to be greeted by our longtime friend and guide, Nathan Forbes, and our two Belizean educators, Andre and Carlene. We set off down the road for the Baboon Sanctuary (the two hour time change meant we were in Belize well before lunchtime!).

The drive to the Sanctuary was rich with wildlife sightings, including  northern jacanas,  purple gallinules, vermillion flycatchers and our biggest excitement, a roseate spoonbill! Even Nathan was excited by the spoonbill sighting!

Tracie giving monkey leafKeeping our eyes on the jungle around us, we were lucky enough to spot a small troop of howler monkeys hanging out in a…

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