Saturday, March 31, 2012

To my dear friends

Dear Friends,

The time has come to let you know that this is my last post, and Belize Field Notes has come to an end. After more than 25 wonderful years in Belize, Bruce and I are returning the USA. It is a difficult decision, more than a year in the making.  Advancing age, health and family issues, and research opportunities  have all contributed to to our decision.

I want you to know that I have loved writing this blog and sharing my love of Belize, its wildlife and the Gallon Jug Estate and Chan Chich Lodge with you. Many of you have visited and I've met you personally. You know the places, people and animals I have highlighted. Other readers are planning to visit. I am sorry I will not be able to meet you in person as that has always been a special pleasure. We've made some wonderful friends over the years in this way. 

The main take home message I want to leave you with is that Gallon Jug Estate is a very special place.  Thanks to the excellent protection and responsible ownership that this property has enjoyed during the past nearly 30 years, wildlife flourishes.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for so many heavily human-impacted places in Belize, in the region, in the Americas, in the world.  Our grateful and sincere thanks go to the memory of Sir Barry Bowen and Lady Bowen for making Gallon Jug and Chan Chich possible and viable, for so many years.  And to think -- we were lucky enough to live here.

Thank you for your interest in Belize's wildlife and its wildest place and for joining me at Belize Field Notes. Do please, visit Chan Chich Lodge. We hope to get back from time to time, and who knows, we may yet meet!

With warmest wishes from Gallon Jug,


  1. Bruce and Carolyn it has indeed been a pleasure and a privilege to have known you both and been together over the past years here in Gallon Jug. i just want to thank you for all the wonderful times and of course the invaluable help you have given to the scholarship committee. we wish you the very best in all you do and look forward to seeing you again somewhere down this path of life. God Bless and many many thanks. Alan Isabel and Angela

  2. Bruce and Carolyn, it is sad to see you leave. All of us appreciate the great work you have done in Belize and the photos and stories you have shared with us via this blog. We wish you the best on your future endeavors. Who knows, maybe there is still a blog in your future.


  3. sigh... Gallon Jug will miss you I know it. Your next adventure awaits, albeit in tamer environs! Love you guys! - Betsy

  4. You will be missed!! And I will miss your blog! All best wishes for what lies ahead!! Deedee

  5. What a wild and wonderful "one year project" you have been on! This blog is very informative and lovely. All the best for the future.

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