The Lodge at Big Falls stands on thirty acres of land bounded by the Rio Grande that meanders around the property. Until the year 2001 it was a small farm employing traditional farming techniques including slash and burn, milpa farming. The two large meadows were used as cattle pastures and there was a four acre citrus orchard. Hurricane Iris breezed through the property in October 2001 bringing down many trees. Since that time the property has been recovering from both the hurricane and its previous use and contains areas of secondary growth forest, dense scrub known locally as “wameel”, open meadow and gallery forest lining the river banks.
More than two hundred and fifty species have been observed on our property. One rarity to be found here is the Black and White Owl which has nested in the large trees overlooking the riverbank. On at least one occasion it occupied the nest of a Gray Hawk that it bullied off its nest over a couple of days skirmishing. The Bare-crowned Antbird is another resident species and can often be heard skulking in the bush on the edge of the meadow below the lodge.
One Belize birding expert saw and heard more than one hundred species before breakfast one morning and another visiting North American birding group leader made twelve species of raptor early one morning.