UB ERI Takes Part in UB’s Earth Day Event
On thursday April 19th, the University of Belize, Belmopan was bustling with activity as the Department of Science, through the project management class of 2012, hosted activities in celebration of Earth Day, which fell on Sunday, April 22nd.
During this annual event different organizations such as the Belize Zoo and the Meso-American Society for Biology Conservation gathered to promote their work in conservation and protecting the earth’s natural resources. This year the ERI set up its booth in an attempt to increase public knowledge of what we do. Presentations and displays at the booth were representative both our marine and terrestrial work.
Manning the booth were long time marine volunteers Victor and Jenelle who took care of the marine portion of the booth with presentations on monitoring at the Turneffe Atoll, fish identification and the marine field station. To top off our marine presentations, a couple sea cucumbers were put on display courtesy of Dr. Arlenie Perez our Marine Research Fellow who is currently doing a study on the sea cucumber fishery in Belize.
Wildlife Biologist, Said Gutierrez was also behind the booth giving presentations and showing camera traps, radio transmitters and other equipment from our work in the Large Mammal Corridor Project in Central Belize.
All in all, the ERI booth activities and the Earth Day event on a whole were a great success. Our booth experienced a lot of traffic and the question of “how could we volunteer?” came up many times so we know there are people out there who are interested in the work that we do.