Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

It has been a day and night of overwhelming rain in Kingston – the kind of rain that gets louder and louder until you cannot ignore it. Not so good for the pre-Carnival partygoers (hopefully they will have sunshine tomorrow). There are flood warnings and many Earth Day events were postponed. The rain may also … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

“KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016

International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

Just a couple of months ago, over 220 delegates from 33 countries descended on Kingston, Jamaica for the BirdsCaribbean 20th International Meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel. It was an exciting five days, with one day in the middle for field trips. Since then, time has flown past and International Migratory Bird Day is here. … More International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

Voter Registration, Murders Under-Reported, Sugar Not So Sweet: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A glimpse of gold this week (not talking about medals this time!): the first “winter visitor” (a female American Redstart) appeared bright and early in our yard on August 31. An early arrival! What’s more, my first glimpse of her was with beautiful yellow butterflies fluttering around her! What a sight. Register to vote! A Gleaner article (and the … More Voter Registration, Murders Under-Reported, Sugar Not So Sweet: Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Teaching A Love of the Environment: The LASCO Rootz REAP Program

Last Friday, October 3 I had the great honor of speaking at the launch of the LASCO Rootz R.E.A.P. Program (R.E.A.P. = Releaf Environmental Awareness Program) at the St. Jago Cathedral Preparatory School in Spanish Town. I was also interviewed on Hot 102 FM, which was fun! I thought I would share my speech with you. … More Teaching A Love of the Environment: The LASCO Rootz REAP Program

A Butterfly Returns

September is coming to an end, with loud thunder and no hurricanes. The yearned-for rains have arrived, and there is a slow drip from the trees. The long, thirsty drought is over, and now it even rains when the sun is shining. Jamaicans call that “the devil and his wife fighting.” It’s the time of … More A Butterfly Returns

Beautiful/Sad

The last weeks of 2010 have been remarkably beautiful in Jamaica. The simple, pale blue of the morning sky. Dove-grey clouds like cotton wool piled up on the top of the hills, with the faintest promise of rain. An American Redstart flitting in the shade of the bougainvillea bushes – acid orange and velvety black … More Beautiful/Sad