Jaguar Creek is a member of the Organization of Biological Field
Stations , OBFS, an association of more than 200 field stations and
professionals concerned with field facilities for biological research and
education, primarily in North America and Central America. OBFS promotes the exchange of information
and ideas among field station directors on such topics as management of field stations and reserves,
promotion of biological field education and research, environmental monitoring, and funding opportunities.
To support and assist the Belize
Audubon Society in managing the 574 acres of Blue Hole National Park and the
adjacent 4100 acre Eden Conservancy and Jaguar
Creek Reserve properties which were bought by Target
Earth International, the parent organization of Jaguar Creek.
To support the establishment and success of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in Belize.
To act as a model facility in order to encourage sustainable development in rainforest regions.
To encourage the religious communities of Belize and North America to take seriously a commitment to conservation.
Field Trip Sites
Being in the center of the country has its advantages. There are many options
for great field trips from Jaguar Creek. Click here
to see the field trips page.
Coordinates Latitude 17º 09' 38.6'' Longitude 88º 40' 48.0 "
Climate The sub-tropical temperatures of Belize range from 50°F to 95°F with an annual
mean of 79°F. November to January are traditionally
the coolest months with a 75°F average and May to September are the warmest at
about a 81°F average.
In the years 2001 and 2002 the lowest minimum temperature at Jaguar Creek was 53°F
and the highest maximum temperature was 94°F. Rainy season is June
to November and the dry season is December to May, although it may rain any day
here with a yearly average of about 90 inches. The greatest recorded
rainfall in a 48 hour period for many years was June 19 and 20, 2002 when two successive
tropical waves hit a very local area that included Jaguar Creek, dumping a
total of 837.9 mm (32.98 inches) in that two days period and causing widespread flooding.
Access to 1418.3 hectares (574 acres) in adjacent Blue Hole
National Park, access to 8401.4 hectares (3,400 acres) in the Eden Conservancy parcel,
and 1729.7 hectares (700 acres) owned in the Jaguar Creek Reserve.
Topography Karst topography dominated by hills and valleys with
sinkholes, disappearing streams and caves.
Bodies of Water The Blue Hole in BHNP is a collapsed cave with a
stream running within it. This stream both emerges and sumps at the Blue
Hole, briefly emerges again on Jaguar Creek property at the Boiling Hole and
then surfaces to start Jaguar Creek, a year-round 300 meter disappearing
stream. Another water filled sinkhole appears on the Jaguar Creek Reserve
property as well as numerous ephemeral ponds in the wet season. We have
limited access to the large, but seasonal Caves Branch River, which is a part of
the Sibun River Watershed.
Dominant Plant Community Mixed primary and secondary tropical
broadleaf lime-loving, deciduous forest. Depending on elevation, peaks and
ridges contain plants adapted to dry conditions and also moist and foggy
conditions. Riparian communities are associated with Blue Hole and Jaguar
Flora and Fauna Click here to see a current list of
species, which will no doubt expand.
Ongoing inventory of flora and fauna. Research has been done on
ethnobotany, bats, neo-tropical indicator species, leafcutter ants, Cohune palm
nuts, geographic information systems, Bronzed Cowbirds, mushrooms and other
fungus, and a bird database with over 3,000 entries from the area and over 2,000
from the rest of Belize, Central America and Mexico.
If you are doing bona fide scientific research and/or collecting you must
contact us with your plans so we can advise you about how to obtain Scientific
Permits required by the government . Expect to leave copies of all
research and perhaps collections with Jaguar Creek and/or the Government of