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Belize : And Northern Guatemala - Les Beletsky

Belize

And Northern Guatemala

Paperback

Published: 1st April 2010
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Most travelers to Belize and Northern Guatemala want to experience lush tropical forests and other stunning habitats and catch glimpses of exotic wildlife. In this book is all the information they need to find, identify, and learn about the region's magnificent animal life. Full-color photos.

Prefacep. ix
Ecotourism: Travel for the Environmentally Concernedp. 1
What Ecotourism Is and Why It's Importantp. 1
The History of Ecotourismp. 2
How Ecotourism Helps; Ecotravel Ethicsp. 3
Belize and Northern Guatemala: Ecotourism, Geography, Habitats, Parks, and Reservesp. 6
A Brief Eco-history of Belize and Northern Guatemalap. 6
Belizep. 6
Guatemalap. 11
Geography and Climatep. 14
Belizep. 14
Guatemalap. 15
Habitatsp. 16
Tropical Forest: General Characteristicsp. 16
Forest Habitats and Common Vegetationp. 20
Belizep. 20
Guatemalap. 34
Parks, Reserves, and Other Eco-sites: Brief Descriptions and Getting
Aroundp. 36
Belizep. 36
Guatemalap. 44
Environmental Threats and Conservationp. 46
Belizep. 46
Major Threats and Conservation Recordp. 46
Conservation Programs and Ecotourismp. 47
Northern Guatemala - Peten Districtp. 49
History of the Petenp. 49
Major Threatsp. 50
Conservation Programs and Ecotourismp. 50
How To Use This Book: Ecology and Natural Historyp. 54
What Is Natural History?p. 54
What Is Ecology and What Are Ecological Interactions?p. 54
How To Use This Bookp. 56
Information Given in the Family Profilesp. 56
Information Given in the Color Plate Sectionsp. 60
Amphibiansp. 63
General Characteristics and Natural Historyp. 63
Seeing Amphibians in Belize and Guatemalap. 65
Family Profiles
Salamandersp. 66
Toadsp. 67
Rainfrogsp. 70
Treefrogsp. 71
Other Frogsp. 74
Frog Population Declines: Amphibian Armageddon or Alarmist Absurdity?p. 77
Reptilesp. 80
General Characteristics and Natural Historyp. 80
Seeing Reptiles in Belize and Guatemalap. 82
Family Profiles
Crocodiliansp. 83
Turtlesp. 86
Columbrids: Your Regular, Everyday Snakesp. 89
Dangerous Snakes and Boasp. 93
Geckosp. 97
Iguanidsp. 99
Skinks and Whiptailsp. 102
Poisons and Potions in Snakes and Frogsp. 105
Birdsp. 108
Introductionp. 108
General Characteristics of Birdsp. 109
Classification of Birdsp. 109
Features of Tropical Birdsp. 110
Seeing Birds in Belize and Guatemalap. 111
Family Profiles
Seabirdsp. 112
Waterbirdsp. 114
Herons and Egretsp. 117
Marsh and Stream Birdsp. 119
Ducksp. 121
Shorebirdsp. 123
Currasows, Quail, and Turkeyp. 125
Tinamousp. 127
Vulturesp. 129
Raptorsp. 132
Pigeons and Dovesp. 135
Parrotsp. 138
Cuckoos and Anisp. 141
Owlsp. 143
Goatsuckersp. 145
Swifts and Swallowsp. 146
Hummingbirdsp. 148
Trogonsp. 152
Jacamars and Puffbirdsp. 154
Kingfishersp. 156
Motmotsp. 157
Woodpeckersp. 159
Toucansp. 161
Woodcreepersp. 163
Antbirdsp. 165
Manakinsp. 167
Cotingasp. 169
American Flycatchersp. 171
Wrensp. 173
Thrushes and Mockingbirdsp. 175
Jaysp. 176
Warblers and other small, flitting birdsp. 178
Blackbirds and Oriolesp. 180
Tanagersp. 183
Sparrows and Grosbeaksp. 186
Coffee Crops and Conservationp. 188
Mammalsp. 191
Introductionp. 191
General characteristicsp. 192
Classification of mammalsp. 192
Features of Tropical Mammalsp. 193
Seeing Mammals in Belize and Guatemalap. 194
Family Profiles
Opossumsp. 195
Batsp. 197
Primatesp. 202
Anteaters and Armadillosp. 206
Rodentsp. 209
Carnivoresp. 212
Peccaries and Deerp. 217
Tapirp. 219
Marine Mammalsp. 221
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centerp. 224
Marine Lifep. 226
The Barrier Reef Ecosystemp. 226
Coral Reef Communitiesp. 227
Coral Biologyp. 228
Common Reef Animalsp. 229
Mangrove Swampsp. 231
Diving in Belizep. 231
Identification Plates 1-104p. 233
Habitat Photosp. 443
Referencesp. 453
Species Indexp. 455
General Indexp. 469
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ISBN: 9781566565684
ISBN-10: 1566565685
Series: Travellers' Wildlife Guides
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 477
Published: 1st April 2010
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 15.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.98
Edition Number: 1