Posted by: cindydyer | December 13, 2009

Happy Tonics is Migrating to Costa Rica for an Eco Adventure

by Mary Ellen Ryall

We are pleased to announce that Sandy Stein and Pat Shields, husband and wife, will be in Costa Rica for much of December. Stein is secretary of Happy Tonics and Pat Shields is a board member and facility at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College. They will be staying at Rancho Margot, a 300-acre self- sufficient working ranch at http://www.ranchomargot.org/our_ranch.html.

The Reserva Biologica de Monteverde is just 15 km from the ranch. The natural paradise setting of the ranch is on Lago Arenal in view of the Arenal Volcano and the valley of the Rio Cano Negro and is surrounded by the Children Eternal Forest and the Arenal Forest Reserve.

Costa Rica has the most species of butterflies anywhere in the world outside of Ecuador. We hope the team is able to photograph butterfly species that are unfamiliar to us. A video camera will record interviews at the organic ranch. Happy Tonics mission is: Sanctuary for the Monarch Butterfly and Food Safety Issues. We are looking at other countries to see what we can learn about staying small, producing our own local and organic food, promoting biodiversity of habitat for butterflies and ecotourism.

Above: View of Lago Arenal in sight of the Arenal Volcano and the valley of the Rio Cano Negro, surrounded by the Chlidren’s Eternal Forest and the Arenal Forest Resere. © Rancho Margot, Costa Rica, Central America

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