New survey highlights stunning biodiversity of Belize’s Central River

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is pleased to announce results of a new biodiversity survey on the Central River, which runs through the Bladen Nature Reserve and Columbia River Forest Reserve. FFI’s partner Ya’axché Conservation Trust manages the Bladen Nature Reserve.

The new report confirms FFI’s belief in the importance of conserving Belize’s watersheds and biodiversity-rich forests. We are proud to be supporting Ya’axché in their efforts to protect Bladen and Golden Stream Corridor Preserve.

The report finds that the Central River ecosystem supports over 100 amphibians and reptiles, including Campbell’s rainforest toad (pictured above) which is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Seventy-three bird species were spotted, such as the ornate hawk-eagle and the bat falcon. In total, 17 species in the Central River area are listed as either Endangered or Critically Endangered.

The Central River lies within Belize’s Maya Mountain Massif, a biodiversity-rich landscape of 14 contiguous protected areas that supports at least 37 globally threatened species.

The Central River area is also an important overwintering site for North America-Neotropical migratory birds, including the Louisiana waterthrush and wood thrush which are listed on the United States Fish and Wildlife Service list of Species of Concern, as well as a large number of other migratory bird species such as the common yellowthroat.

Photo credits: Paul Walker, Wild Tracks