Blancaneaux Lodge will be hosting bat and wildlife experts Bruce & Carolyn Miller from March 3-9, 2010. The Millers are conducting a risk assessment for the bats of Belize, deploying acoustic monitoring stations around the lodge and at cave mouths within a 10-mile radius. There are 78 species of bats in Belize and they are good indicators of environmental health. If we lose bats and the important ecosystem services they provide, we may lose much of Belize’s tropical forests and vegetation as bats are critical in pollinating many fruits and dispersing fruit seeds in open areas. Read More
We received the following note from Erik Terdal, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences, Northeastern State University:
"Northeastern State University would like to than the management of Blancaneaux Lodge for their kind help in establishing our jaguar research project in the Elijio Panti National Park. Blancaneaux Lodge's Conservation Officer Roni Martinez helped with expertise and logistics and I enjoyed the kind hospitality offered by Anne Wood and her team at the lodge. We're excited by this new conservation partnership and look forward to sharing the data from our camera traps with Blancaneaux Lodge and Dr. Marcella Kelly's on-going lx Jaguar project." Read More
The importance of preservation has been learned by many Central and South American nations in recent years, as evidenced by an ever-increasing number of national parks. In this atmosphere of renewal, spas continue to flourish.
Congratulations to the Sunset Spa and it's staff on this well-deserved recognition.
A full listing of the Silver Sage Reader's Choice Award winners is available on the SPA Magazine website.