Traveller's Wildlife Guides: Belize and Northern Guatemala

Traveller's Wildlife Guides: Belize and Northern Guatemala

by David Beadle, David Dennis, Les D. Beletsky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1566565685

ISBN-13: 9781566565684

Pub. Date: 04/28/2010

Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated

Most travellers to Belize and Northern Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's

Overview

Most travellers to Belize and Northern Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife: toucans and parrots, hummingbirds and hawks, monkeys and big cats, frogs and toads, crocodiles and snakes. In this book is all the information you need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566565684
Publisher:
Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Series:
Traveller's Wildlife Guides Series
Pages:
520
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.27(d)

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Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Chapter 1Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concerned1
What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Important1
The History of Ecotourism2
How Ecotourism Helps; Ecotravel Ethics3
Chapter 2Belize and Northern Guatemala: Ecotourism, Geography, Habitats, Parks, and Reserves6
A Brief Eco-history of Belize and Northern Guatemala6
Belize6
Guatemala11
Geography and Climate14
Belize14
Guatemala15
Habitats16
Tropical Forest: General Characteristics16
Forest Habitats and Common Vegetation20
Belize20
Guatemala34
Parks, Reserves, and Other Eco-sites: Brief Descriptions and Getting
Around36
Belize36
Guatemala44
Chapter 3Environmental Threats and Conservation46
Belize46
Major Threats and Conservation Record46
Conservation Programs and Ecotourism47
Northern Guatemala - Peten District49
History of the Peten49
Major Threats50
Conservation Programs and Ecotourism50
Chapter 4How To Use This Book: Ecology and Natural History54
What Is Natural History?54
What Is Ecology and What Are Ecological Interactions?54
How To Use This Book56
Information Given in the Family Profiles56
Information Given in the Color Plate Sections60
Chapter 5Amphibians63
General Characteristics and Natural History63
Seeing Amphibians in Belize and Guatemala65
Family Profiles
1Salamanders66
2Toads67
3Rainfrogs70
4Treefrogs71
5Other Frogs74
Environmental Close-up 1Frog Population Declines: Amphibian Armageddon or Alarmist Absurdity?77
Chapter 6Reptiles80
General Characteristics and Natural History80
Seeing Reptiles in Belize and Guatemala82
Family Profiles
1Crocodilians83
2Turtles86
3Columbrids: Your Regular, Everyday Snakes89
4Dangerous Snakes and Boas93
5Geckos97
6Iguanids99
7Skinks and Whiptails102
Environmental Close-up 2Poisons and Potions in Snakes and Frogs105
Chapter 7Birds108
Introduction108
General Characteristics of Birds109
Classification of Birds109
Features of Tropical Birds110
Seeing Birds in Belize and Guatemala111
Family Profiles
1Seabirds112
2Waterbirds114
3Herons and Egrets117
4Marsh and Stream Birds119
5Ducks121
6Shorebirds123
7Currasows, Quail, and Turkey125
8Tinamous127
9Vultures129
10Raptors132
11Pigeons and Doves135
12Parrots138
13Cuckoos and Anis141
14Owls143
15Goatsuckers145
16Swifts and Swallows146
17Hummingbirds148
18Trogons152
19Jacamars and Puffbirds154
20Kingfishers156
21Motmots157
22Woodpeckers159
23Toucans161
24Woodcreepers163
25Antbirds165
26Manakins167
27Cotingas169
28American Flycatchers171
29Wrens173
30Thrushes and Mockingbirds175
31Jays176
32Warblers and other small, flitting birds178
33Blackbirds and Orioles180
34Tanagers183
35Sparrows and Grosbeaks186
Environmental Close-up 3Coffee Crops and Conservation188
Chapter 8Mammals191
Introduction191
General characteristics192
Classification of mammals192
Features of Tropical Mammals193
Seeing Mammals in Belize and Guatemala194
Family Profiles
1Opossums195
2Bats197
3Primates202
4Anteaters and Armadillos206
5Rodents209
6Carnivores212
7Peccaries and Deer217
8Tapir219
9Marine Mammals221
Environmental Close-up 4The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center224
Chapter 9Marine Life226
The Barrier Reef Ecosystem226
Coral Reef Communities227
Coral Biology228
Common Reef Animals229
Mangrove Swamps231
Diving in Belize231
Identification Plates 1-104233
Habitat Photos443
References453
Species Index455
General Index469

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