In early 2020 the department of coordination and cooperation of the Municipio de Livingston asked FLAAR Mesoamerica (the FLAAR research institute in Guatemala) if we could assist the local people by providing information on flora, fauna, ecosystems of this area of Guatemala.
The Municipio de Livingston is 1,940 square kilometers which is 749 square miles. There are mountains, steep hills, extensive lowland swamps, lots and lots of rivers (feeding into Rio Dulce and El Golfete) and the impressive Caribbean coast (facing Amatique Bay).
So we initiated field work in February and March 2020; then COVID 19 shut down the Guatemala City airport but in September the airport reopened and I flew back to continue field work in the Izabal area. At this point the Municipio de Livingston asked for us to undertake a 15-month research project of coordination and cooperation with them. We are focusing on finding wild plants native to the Municipio de Livingston that are edible (so plants also available thousands of years ago for the Classic Maya civilization). We are also working to assist eco-tourism and avi-tourism (bird watching, since lots of awesome waterbirds here).
We do field work one week in remote areas each month; then the rest of that month we catalog the thousands of high-resolution digital photographs, do library research, and prepare publications. All this research in the rain forests every month is why there has been no news on wide-format inkjet printers on FLAAR-REPORTS. All the wide-format inkjet printer research is now in DPI-INSIGHTS by Pablo M. Lee and Maria Renee Ayau.
We have lots and lots more FLAAR publications on the flora and fauna and wetlands ecosystems of the Municipio de Livingston area of the Departamento de Izabal, Guatemala, Central America.
We issue new reports every one or two months.
The team of FLAAR consists of 33 people. We have been at work every day, just that since early 2020 our research is focused on Neotropical flowering plants, ferns, lichen, mushrooms, mosses, jaguars, pumas, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, pelicans, boat-billed herons, pollinating birds and insects that pollinate, bats that pollinate, reptiles of every size and shape (lots of crocodiles), amphibians and other fauna. Our forte is advanced digital photography of these flora and fauna; it is the photography of FLAAR that started our interest in wide-format inkjet printing already in the late 1990’s because our cameras were producing panorama photos of 237 megabyte file size so we needed large-format printers to print them many meters wide.