Experience Pacbitun Maya site in 2010

Posted 10-12-09 at 12:49 PM

Blancaneaux Lodge will be offering a Maya archaeology workshop in June 2010 where guests will combine participation at the Pacbitun Maya site field school along with a series of field trips and seminars on Caracol, Cahal Pech, El Pilar and Xunantunich led by Terry Powis, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Kennesaw State University.

More details on this exciting opportunity coming soon.

View Images from the Summer 2009 Field SchoolArchaeologists Dr. Terry Powis (left), Tiffany Streit (center), Gregory Hansen (right) sieve dirt through a screen looking for Mayan artifacts from the site of Pacbitun. Archaeologists digging into an early Maya building at Pacbitun. The building was constructed during the Middle Preclassic Period, dating to 900-600 BC. The focus of the investigations was on the daily life of the earliest inhabitants in the Belize River Valley. Photo of Structures 1, 4, and 5 at the ancient Maya site of Pacbitun. These are the largest temples at the site, measuring 12 meters in height.


Big Cat 'Grand Slam'

Posted 10-02-09 at 12:46 PM

For the last several months our 10 infrared, motion sensitive cameras have been busy recording base line information on Felidae within a five-mile radius of Blancaneaux Lodge. The study area covers pine ridge, the broad-leaf/pine ridge transition zone and the moist tropical broadleaf forest (jungle) of Noj Kax Meen Elijio Panti National Park.

The data gathered by Blancaneaux Lodge will supplement the Jaguar, Puma and Ocelot density research data gathered by Dr. Marcella Kelly of Virginia Tech who in turn contributes to the WCS Jaguar Conservation Program for the Americas.

We were incredibly excited at the end of March when our cameras captured not one, but two margay’s on film. Then at mid-afternoon on the 22nd of April we completed the Felidae ‘Grand Slam’ when a jaguarundi tripped a camera along one of our trails. Read More


Rare Ochid found near Blancaneaux Lodge

Posted 09-23-09 at 12:01 PM

Roni Martinez, who works on Natural History and Conservation at Blancaneaux Lodge recently identified what turned out to be a very rare orchid. Below is the note we received from him the following day:

“I was headed to the Belize Botanic Gardens (BBG) in order to get a bit more info on the blooming periods of

Belizean Orchids. As I was chatting with Brett, the records keeper at the BBG, I showed him photos of a couple of the orchids I had seen around our area.  He was surprised on the amount of orchids we are neighbors with.  I had previously sent him some photos of an orchid I saw blooming at Howler Hill and which I could not identify.  Brett in turn sent it to Brendan Sawyers from the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Ireland (NBG). Read More