Birds Do So Much For Us: A Special Webinar for the Caribbean

The Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival and BirdsCaribbean invite you to a Webinar on “Why Birds Matter” on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT (that is 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Jamaican time).

Scott Johnson (in yellow, left) talks to a group of Grenadian Boy Scouts at last year's
Scott Johnson (in yellow, left) talks to a group of Grenadian Boy Scouts, who volunteered at last year’s 19th Regional Meeting of the Society for the Conservation & Study of Caribbean Birds (now renamed BirdsCaribbean) at St. George’s University, Grenada in July, 2012. Also sitting in is Lester Doodnath, a member of BirdsCaribbean’s Media Working Group from Trinidad and Tobago. (My photo)

Scott Johnson, Education Officer at the Bahamas National Trust and Chairperson of BirdsCaribbean’s Media Working Group will be speaking on the topic “Ten Reasons Why Caribbean Birds Matter” – the theme of the 2014 Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival – which is celebrated throughout the region from April 24 to May 24, 2014.

Although often unknown or unnoticed, birds play many indispensable roles that enrich the ecosystems and economies of the Caribbean. They act as garbage men, gardeners, fish-finders and tourist attractions. The Caribbean as we know it couldn’t exist without them. Best of all, they do all this work for free!

But for all the good things birds have given us, what have we given back to them? Please join us to learn about these amazing creatures and find the answer to this timely question.

To register for the webinar, copy and paste this link into your browser:


BirdsCaribbean – formerly the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) – is a non-profit organization, a vibrant network of members and partners committed to conserving the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats. Its mission is to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats through conservation, education, capacity building and research. Its overarching goal is to increase the capacity of Caribbean ornithologists, resource managers, conservation organizations, institutions, and local citizens to conserve the birds of the Caribbean and their habitats. More than 80,000 local people participate in our programs each year, making BirdsCaribbean the most broad-based conservation organization in the region.

BirdsCaribbean works by building networks and partnerships with local, national and international organizations and institutions that share our bird conservation goals to develop regional projects, activities, and materials that facilitate local research, management, conservation, education and outreach. We have partners and members on every island. Some of our international partners and supporters include US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, Royal Society for the Protection of Caribbean Birds, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Wetlands International, and BirdLife International.

BirdsCaribbean’s programs are implemented through working groups, which are informal networks of experts and enthusiasts. Some of the most active groups include West Indian Whistling-Duck and Wetlands, Media, Seabirds, Invasives, Bird Monitoring, Caribbean Wildlife Art, Parrot, Bicknell’s Thrush, Diablotin (Black-capped Petrel), and others.

BirdsCaribbean works throughout the insular Caribbean, including Bermuda, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, and all islands in the Caribbean basin.

For more on BirdsCaribbean, visit the Birds Caribbean Facebook page, follow on Twitter @BirdsCaribbean or visit the website:

Support our birds! They support us!

Why Birds Matter
Why Birds Matter

8 thoughts on “Birds Do So Much For Us: A Special Webinar for the Caribbean

    1. Thanks so much! I could actually probably share the PowerPoint presentation with you… Yes, the festival is next month and I am sure Grenada will be participating! (I attended the BirdsCaribbean conference at St George’s University there last summer – looking forward to visiting your beautiful island again soon!)


  1. We saw many different birds from what we see in Canada, but when we would ask one of our Jamaican hosts, no one knew their names. We had to wait until we returned home to look them up in our bird book. Maybe we are bird name nerds, but I thought one person would have known the name of a bird or two.


    1. You see, that is part of the problem. Jamaicans don’t have sufficient awareness of the beautiful birds that we have – and we have many endemic birds that are not found anywhere else in the world! In fact when I was in Negril I saw quite a few birds, including American Redstart, which is a “winter visitor” to the Caribbean, bananaquits, white-crowned pigeons and more. Just in a few hours! It’s sad that Jamaicans don’t recognize them – although if you went deeper into rural areas, you would find more people who would recognize and have names for them – even if they are local names.


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