AGUADA NATURE WALK
home facility Balam Ja Way includes a one acre aguada largely
covered with red mangroves. With its seasonal flooding during the
wet the aguada provides prime habitat for amphibians,
reptiles and birds. During the dry season it is used for
water by mammals as large as tapir and
With its flooding during
the first heavy rains of the wet season in May-June it becomes prime habitat for the many
species of frogs and toads found in the area. This event
and ongoing breeding events until the end of the wet season in February provides a perfect
opportunity to research and asses the amphibian community.
About half of the
circumferance of the aguada is accessible by a path along its shore. We propose to complete this
nature walk by constructing a board walk across the southern part of the aguada. We will plan
and test a unique design using the mangrove roots for support. This will not only create a unique
nature experince but also reduce the material requiremens and costs for the board
The center of the aguada
has a permanent pond and we will skirt this as a focus for bird watching during the dry seaon. Many
birds rely on this pond for water.
We have introduced three
species of mosquito eating fish to the aguada. These not only demonstrate their efficiency in
mosquito control but also provide food for water birds, especially as the aguada mainly dries at
the end of the wet season.