While the people in PG spent time hearing scripture from the good book, our next story is also about a specially recommended book that’s getting good reviews. “The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary Its History, Flora and Fauna, Visitors, Teachers and Scientists 2nd Edition” was recently beneath the canopy of some of the country’s most pristine forests. Love News travelled south and spoke to the the publisher, students and stakeholders who say it is a text that is fit for the classroom as well as the home.
Jose Sanchez: “Twenty miles on the Southern Highway, the roads open to pristine mountainous views. At the base of the mountains past Maya Center and the Tiger Fern Waterfalls and Trails the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was put to a page as its history flora and fauna as visitors, teachers and scientist second edition was recently relaunched in southern Belize with additional sections according to publisher Judy Lamb.”
Judy Lamb Publisher: “We have a lot of contributors and this second edition is updated from the first edition because there has been a lot of research in Cockscomb especially on Jaguars, camera traps and also the monkeys that were translocated ,there has been lots of work on them so we added all that, there is some new work on small mammals and so I asked people to send me what they did and then we put it in.”
Jose Sanchez: “The Belize Audubon manages seven sites across the country and Site Manager for Cockscomb Nicasio Coc believes the area is particularly breathtaking.”
Nicasio Coc, Site Manager, C.B.W.S.: “Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is over 128,000 acres of land so it is a huge piece of land and here in Cockscomb you have different types of things that you can see. Some of the attractions are a waterfall, you have trails that lead to the waterfalls, we have trails that go to the river, in fact we have a river tubing route, then you can do early birding or late birding. Other things you can do in Cockscomb you can also hike Victoria Peak- Victoria Peak is normally done during the dry season and it is a three-day hike and when you reach to the summit you get an amazing view of Belize.”
Ernest Raymond President, Belize Audubon Society: “As president of the Belize Audubon Society it is an excellent resource book especially for students. It provides them with the opportunity to see the natural environment of Belize. Very often we take for granted that Belize has so many wonders and resources but unless and until one reads about and more importantly being able to visit for example the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve you can truly understand and appreciate what we have.”
Jose Sanchez: “Teachers and students from as far as Independence Village and as close as Maya Center agree that the book with the education component will be an excellent resource material.”
Abigail Parham Teacher, Independence Junior College: “I have a field trip component that all my students are brought here for an overnight where we look at the plant and animal diversity including insects as well so the book will definitely enhance that classroom experience for the students bringing what is at Cockscomb in the class before we come out to the actual physical environment.”
Casey Christens Student Independence Junior College: “Last Semester my class and I came here and we did like three different activities and I learned a bunch of stuff that I never knew about. The names of different plants: it was the first time I saw leaf-cutting ants because I live in Seine Bight. Not much leaf-cutting ants are there. It is quite interesting like a gateway to bigger things.”
Jonathan Dubon Student Independence Jr. College: “The presentations were very inspiring because I see that a lot of people dedicate years of their life studying and conserving nature and it is really something important for me as the next generation to learn about these things as well.”
Jose Sanchez: “It is not just a book about nature. Liberato Saqui Principal of St. Jude R.C. School makes it clear it is also about community participation and development.”
Liberato Saqui Principal, St, Jude: “We ask that we work closely with them by trying to see how best we can benefit and one of the benefits is the idea of tourism whereby the women have set up a craft center and so the women benefit there by selling their craft and this book now tells the story of, I believe, how it has happened and I think that is very good.”
Daniel Bolon Student R.C. School: “I go to St. Jude R.C. School and I thought the presentation of the book was nice with all of the stories. I did not know what was Cockscomb until they told me from the past of how it became Cockscomb. Maya Center is a beautiful place, of course, a lot of birds pass there. I see a lot of Toucans every day.”
Jose Sanchez: “So how does it feel to have a book written about the Cockscomb, an area where you live?”
Daniel Bolon Student R.C. School: “It feels good because I live next to Cockscomb so when they are reading the book I just feel a little bit famous so.”
Jose Sanchez: “It is all about home.”
Daniel Bolon Student: “Yes it is all about home.”
Jasmine Chiac Student: “I live in Santa Rosa, I go to the Maya Center R.C. School.
Jose Sanchez: “What do you think of the book about the Cockscomb?”
Jasmine Chiac Student: “I think it is interesting.”
Jose Sanchez: “Do you plan to read about the birds, the different reptiles and monkeys?”
Jasmine Chiac Student: “Yes, I like the bird to watch a lot because I learn about birds.
Casey Christens Student Independence Junior College: “I am from Independence Jr. College and for today’s activity, I thought the book release was something that was long awaited. It was quite interesting and the ladies who were doing the book launching they seemed very passionate about the book so I think it is going to be quite interesting and heartfelt.
Dorothy Beveridge Publisher: “In June the rainy season begins in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary often very dramatically and the wildlife activity accelerates: Ants are flushed out by the rising waters. Termites take to the air and swarm, settle and then discards their wings which drift down to blanket the bunks and tables with fine cover. Butterflies can be seen flocking around the damp areas on the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary access road. You may even be rewarded with the music of tree frogs, with their gaping mouths, large eyes, serious expressions, frogs invite attention. They sing in the rain, make love in swamps and gulp their food so welcome to Cockscomb in the rainy season.”
The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Lennox Gladden from the Ministry of Fisheries, Forest and Climate Change. The book is available in paperback as well as in E-Book format. The editors of the book compiled data from 50 contributing authors.