Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

BirdLife Jamaica is at it again. For the past two years, since the pandemic started, we have been quiet; having said that, while group trips (we always carpool) have been difficult, we have, as individuals, in ones and twos, been busy doing our birding activities. Our WhatsApp group has remained as busy as ever – … More Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

World Wildlife Day in Jamaica: A Bright Morning and a Dark Day of Cruelty

It was a shimmering morning, when the colors seemed to be turned up several shades brighter. We were in Hope Gardens. We stood amidst the debris of a party (sorry – Festival) that took place two days earlier. As yet untouched, swathes of cloth, discarded rum containers and cups, plastic knives and forks, plastic bottles … More World Wildlife Day in Jamaica: A Bright Morning and a Dark Day of Cruelty

Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!

This is a reminder… Note, the Jamaican Slider Turtle is a freshwater turtle (Trachemys terrapin) found only in Jamaica and the Bahamas. The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning members of the public, who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season, to be careful not to buy protected species. … More Do Not Buy Protected Species as Christmas Gifts!

Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017

As you may have noticed in various posts on this blog – in the past year or two, at least – the impact of tourism developments on the environment cannot be overstated. Sand has been removed from beaches to create new beaches at new tourism resorts (they have created a “fake beach” recently at the … More Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017

NEPA Warns Jamaicans to Steer Clear of Crocodile Habitats During Heavy Rains

When we have heavy rains, crocodiles tend to be more mobile and move about the place. Jamaica is still under a huge cloud of rain, which has been coming down in torrents since last night over most of the island. There are many places (some in urban areas, such as Portmore, Seaview Gardens etc) where crocodiles … More NEPA Warns Jamaicans to Steer Clear of Crocodile Habitats During Heavy Rains

Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016

Yes – it’s been a while. I have been too busy to put together this regular compilation of stories – local, regional and international. However, let’s bring you up to date. Please click on the links for more information… Jamaica and the Caribbean Cuban Crocodiles Pose a Problem: The Cuban Crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is critically endangered. For decades, there … More Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016

Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend

I am reposting this article from CNN’s website. Please share it widely. You can find it online at http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/02/opinion/townsend-jamaica-iguana/ Editor’s note: Wendy Townsend writes for children and young adults, and she and her family raise lizards as pets. Her third novel, “Blue Iguana,” has just been released by namelos. The opinions in this commentary are solely … More Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend