Khristina Bonham, a Conservation and Biodiversity Masters student at the University of Exeter, has been working with ECOMAR Belize on the newly formed Turtle Watch Program. Last month she visited Turtle Inn, and for six days gave informative presentations to the guests, conducted water surveys for sea turtles and trained at our dive shop on how to report sightings in the future. Below are the journal entries from her stay. Read More
H. Lee Jones, author of the “Birds of Belize” field guide, visited Blancaneaux Lodge in early March as part of the routine bird surveys he does along the entire length of the country. Roni Martinez, the Lodge's Conservation Officer, joined Jones for a day and managed to cover a span of approximately thirty miles, recording all birds found along this transect. A total of 102 species were recorded, including the Broad-winged Hawk, Scarlet Macaw, Collared Trogon, Plain Wren and King Vulture. Most importantly, the Orange-crowned Warbler was recorded during the survey, only the second such occurence ever in Belize. Read More
On March 26th at 8:30 p.m. local time, Blancaneaux Lodge joined the global effort of five million supporters in more than 128 countries for Earth Hour 2011. The goal? To turn off all lights for 60 minutes as a sign of a commitment to a sustainable future. To smoothly accomplish this, Blancaneaux Lodge offered a candlelight dinner to all guests with local Marimba artists and invited local folktale author David Ruiz.
All lights were successfully shut down at precisely 8:30 p.m., just as Ruiz began a presentation on the evolution of Belizean literature. Ruiz also gave a reading from his new book, "Under the Yaax che Tree - Legends, Tales and Apparitions in Western Belize."
Guests at Blancaneaux Lodge attend an outdoor candlelight dinner and reading during Earth Hour on March 26, 2011.