Something I haven't really mentioned here is that I went on the recent Belize trip "virgin," that is to say, without pre-trip studying. To read about why, and what happened, check out my March 29 post on the multi-authored American Birding Association blog. The ABA blog, by the way, has some great writers and is really worth following for the latest in birding, nationwide. I keep the link to the ABA blog under My Blogs list.
And by the way, if you write a bird or nature blog and want to spread the word about it, leave a comment - there's plenty of good writing out there that needs to be shared!