Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture


What do Jamaica’s young people think about wildlife, its conservation – and conservationists? Do they think about these things at all? Dr. Leo Douglas, Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University and a former President of BirdsCaribbean, has conducted some interesting research over four years in Jamaican schools. He has developed an interest in the … More Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture

Please Help Bird Conservationists in the Caribbean After Two Dreadful Hurricanes


BirdsCaribbean is reeling after the onslaught of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this hateful month of September, 2017. As I write, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques, the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas are all under Hurricane Warning, as Hurricane Maria continues to batter … More Please Help Bird Conservationists in the Caribbean After Two Dreadful Hurricanes

BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation


Well, I knew I should have gone. After excellent conferences in Grenada (2013) and Kingston, Jamaica (2015), BirdsCaribbean held their 21st International Conference earlier this month in Topes de Collantes, Cuba. Here is their press release, plus one or two of the photos that I collected and shared during the meeting (Internet was expensive and … More BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation

BirdsCaribbean To Meet in Southern Cuba This Year


Two years ago, if you recall, BirdsCaribbean held its 20th International Conference right here in Kingston, Jamaica – attended by well over 200 scientists, conservationists, students and bird enthusiasts from across the Caribbean and beyond. It was fantastic. Now, unbelievably, two years have already passed and BirdsCaribbean will be in southern Cuba in July! This … More BirdsCaribbean To Meet in Southern Cuba This Year

Spreading Our Wings for International Migratory Bird Day 2016


I have been observing the birds in our yard today and wondering if they sense the approaching hurricane. The unusually wet weather has brought one charming visitor to our garden though – the Ovenbird, who has been running in erratic bursts along the ground, tipping his tail, turning over leaves to find insects. Now, the … More Spreading Our Wings for International Migratory Bird Day 2016

Islanders of All Ages Celebrate Caribbean Endemic Birds


The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival is a very special event on the BirdsCaribbean calendar. It is the time of year when we celebrate birds that are unique to US. It’s also very inclusive – not just for scientists and birdwatchers, but for everyone. Here is BirdsCaribbean’s press release, and some wonderful photos from some of … More Islanders of All Ages Celebrate Caribbean Endemic Birds

#BirdsCarib2015: Personal Musings on the First Two Days of BirdsCaribbean’s Conference in Kingston


Conferences are busy conglomerates of people. People looking for other people (“Have you seen So-and-So? I saw him/her a minute ago and now…”). People coming across old acquaintances, familiar or half-familiar faces (“Oh, where did we meet before? Was it in Boston/Sydney/Kuala Lumpur? Ten years ago? Really, so long!”) Some delegates are perched over their laptops, a … More #BirdsCarib2015: Personal Musings on the First Two Days of BirdsCaribbean’s Conference in Kingston

Birds Caribbean International Meeting in Jamaica: Exciting Updates!


Students! Conservationists! Ornithologists! Teachers! Community Workers! Environmental NGOs! Scientists! And members of the Jamaican public! Are you ready? A few weeks ago, I told you about the upcoming 20th International Meeting of the non-profit organization BirdsCaribbean at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica (July 25 – 29, 2015). The theme is: “Birds: Connecting Communities … More Birds Caribbean International Meeting in Jamaica: Exciting Updates!

Earth Day Lift-Off for Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival


“Restore Habitats, Restore Birds” is the theme for this year’s Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). At dozens of events throughout the region, participants of all ages will learn how restoring local habitats can benefit the unique birds found only in the Caribbean. Events on many islands will include habitat restoration activities like clean ups and … More Earth Day Lift-Off for Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival