Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020. 10:51 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Every year, the Belize Audubon Society (BAS) honors deserving Belizeans with the James A. Waight Environmental Conservation Award.
The accolade is presented to individuals or organizations in recognition of positive work in the protection and enhancement of Belize ‘s environment.
The award is named after BAS first President, James A. Waight (1907 – 1999).
Waight served in this role from the Society’s inauguration in 1969, until 1986.
He was born in Belize City and worked as Surveyor General of Belize. The award is presented on his birthday – February 16th.
The award ceremony is held annually on February 16th to commemorate the birthday of the Society’s first President and a founding member, James A. Waight.
The 34th award was presented to Ella Baron for her outstanding contribution to Belize’s flora and fauna through environmental education, capacity building, conservation research, wildlife rehabilitation, and much more.
After the 2008 establishment of the on-site Botanical Gardens of Caves Branch Jungle Lodge alongside her husband, Ian Anderson, Ella has built a strong team to preserve Belize’s flora through collaborative research efforts, community engagement, and public awareness on its ecological value.
The Caves Branch Botanical Gardens now hosts the country’s largest collection of orchids and bromeliads.
Also located at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is the National Tamandua Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, a refuge for the local anteater in the country.
As the only Tamandua rehabilitator in the country, Ella has nursed 17 tamanduas to rehabilitation to date!
Ella continues her work alongside her team as a trainer, teacher, advocate of sustainable tourism & development, researcher, rehabilitator, and much more.
BBN’s management and team congratulate and salute Ella for her amazing work in protecting and preserving Belize’s exotic flora and fauna.
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