BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Kingston to Include NGO Fundraising Workshops, Jamaica Day, Much More

Here is some more information on the BirdsCaribbean International Meeting, which is coming up fast. Two years ago I attended the 19th International Meeting in St. George’s, Grenada, and it was a fascinating and many-faceted experience with many brilliant scientists, conservationists, students, academics and dedicated conservationists from right across the Caribbean and beyond.

Jamaicans! Please note the information on two days open to the Jamaican public: Jamaica Day (July 25) and Fundraising Workshops for NGOs with Wild Woman Fundraising (July 28). 

It’s not too late to register! But hurry! More details to follow on the beautiful BirdsCaribbean website (and I will post more later).

Birdwatching is a favorite occupation in Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, and delegates will be able to enjoy this experience with some early morning sessions, too.
Birdwatching is a favorite occupation in Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, and delegates will be able to enjoy this experience with some early morning sessions, too.

June 29, 2015

Kingston, Jamaica. June 29, 2015. – An enthusiastic group of some 200 scientists, ornithologists, conservationists, students and educators from across the Caribbean and beyond will flock to the vibrant city of Kingston, Jamaica next month. They will attend the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean at the Knutsford Court Hotel from July 25 – 29, 2015. The theme of the meeting is “Birds—Connecting Communities and Conservation.” Members of the Local Organizing Committee include the Forestry Department, Hope Gardens, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation, BirdLife Jamaica, Windsor Research Centre and others. For registration and other details, go to 2015Meeting.BirdsCaribbean.org

The conference has plenty to offer in an unusually urban setting. By contrast, participants will also venture out on exciting field trips to the Blue Mountains and Cockpit Country among other locations, and bird-watching sessions around Kingston – an opportunity to see some of Jamaica’s 29 remarkable endemic birds, or perhaps all of them!

The colorful and often noisy Jamaican Woodpecker is a common and widespread endemic species.
The colorful and often noisy Jamaican Woodpecker is a common and widespread endemic species.

BirdsCaribbean invites interested members of the public to a special “Jamaica Day” at the Knutsford Court Hotel on Saturday, July 25; and to a fund-raising workshop conducted by Mazarine Treyz (Wild Woman Fundraising) on Tuesday, July 28. Seminars, training workshops and roundtable discussions will enable conference delegates to network and share their research and latest conservation efforts in Jamaica and across the region. Activities will include a pre-conference taxidermy workshop with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; a symposium on Invasive Alien Species and sessions on Event Photography, Seabird Conservation, Forest Endemics, the Ecological Value of Migrants in the Caribbean, and much more. There is a brilliant lineup of keynote speakers and experts from the Caribbean, the U.S., Canada and Europe. A summer camp at Hope Zoo for children from selected schools is also on the calendar.

Do you love taking photographs? A highlight of the meeting will be a Photography Competition, open to all participants eighteen years and over, reflecting the theme of the conference. Full details can be found on the meeting website.

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BirdsCaribbean (formerly the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds) is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean. More than 80,000 local people participate in its programs each year, making it the most broad-based conservation organization in the region. Find “Birds Caribbean” on Facebook and on Twitter @BirdsCaribbean.

Media Contact: Call us at (876) 894-3772; email: birdscaribbeanmeeting@gmail.com

BirdsCaribbean conducted a Caribbean Birding Trail guide training in the Cockpit Country, Jamaica in June. Here the group of trainees pauses on a road where many endemic species could be seen. (Photo: BirdsCaribbean/Facebook)
BirdsCaribbean conducted a Caribbean Birding Trail guide training in the Cockpit Country, Jamaica in June. Here the group of trainees pauses on a road where many endemic species could be seen. (Photo: BirdsCaribbean/Facebook)

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