Camera traps, natural history and news featuring Chan Chich Lodge
Friday, December 30, 2011
Christmas Count Turkey
With the 112th Christmas Bird Count underway across the Americas, and the Gallon Jug 21st Christmas Bird Count coming up this weekend, I thought this bird would be an appropriate subject. It is, of course, the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata). This colorful species has become something of an icon at Chan Chich Lodge, where a dozen can be seen at any given moment, and dozens more found in Gallon Jug. On average, we record 119 each Christmas Bird Count. The least we've counted was 37 (way back in 1990). And the overall best count for this near-threatened, endemic species in our count area is 236 (see below).
Clearly, good management on the Gallon Jug Estate has helped the Ocellated Turkey thrive in Gallon Jug/Chan Chich. Wonder if we'll break the record on Saturday?
Came to Belize for "a one year project." That was 1986. With husband Bruce, have studied birds, bats, cats and general biodiversity issues. Based in one of the most beautiful tropical forests in the world: northwest Belize near Chan Chich Lodge.