Staff

 
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Victor bonilla, Hawk Watch Project Coordinator

Victor is from Indian Creek Village in the Toledo District of Belize. He was a Ranger with Ya’axche Conservation Trust (YCT) for 10 years while specializing in birds. Victor has a genuine passion for the environment, land preservation and biodiversity. He has a vast knowledge of the birds of Belize, as he has led Christmas Bird Count teams, student groups, assisted in bird research efforts, assisted in the development of YCT’s bird monitoring program and attended numerous bird workshops, including bird ecology and banding training. Victor is currently a ranger for the Toledo Institute for Development and the Environment (TIDE), as well as our Hawk Watch Project Coordinator. This opportunity gives Victor an opportunity to coordinate a research project and build local capacity.

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Isael mai, Scarlet Macaw and yellow-headed parrot field biologist and hawk watch count leader

Isael Mai is a local resident of San Antonio Cayo, Belize. In 2011, he graduated from Sacred Heart Junior College with an Associate Degree in Natural Resources management and from since then has been sharing a growing passion for conservation—primarily with endangered birds. Isael, an avid birder, has been working as a Field Biologist for Scarlet Six Biomonitoring Team protecting endangered Scarlet Macaws from poachers in the Chiquibul forest. Also, he has been the lead for other bird and wildlife surveys, which have been essential to a growing wildlife information database. In 2013, Isael was a volunteer for Belize Raptor Research Institute's Raptor Watch Project and in 2014 was hired as the Count Leader due to his exceptional knowledge in raptor identification. Outside the Raptor Watch project, he assisted BRRI with the Hook-billed Kite and Solitary Eagle Projects.

 

Luis mai, Scarlet Macaw and yellow-headed parrot field technician

Biography coming soon.