A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19


As I have observed before, coping mentally and emotionally with COVID-19 is not easy. It is as if we are frozen in time. Every evening in Jamaica, anxiety flickers as we wait for the latest test results to be released. As of this evening, we are up to 196 positives. There was a grandfather clock … More A Sinking Dinghy, and a Tiny Bird: Thoughts on COVID-19

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

On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love


Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1


To be honest (from my personal perspective) 2019 wasn’t a particularly encouraging year. It seems the only thing to do nowadays is to “play it safe” – something, perhaps, that I am not very good at, myself. There were some disappointments and frustrations – and worst of all, That Man is still President of the … More 2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1

Flamingos and John Crows: Further Adventures in Birdland


After our dramatic hillside expedition at Strawberry Hill recently, we intrepid birders asked: What next? We were ready for anything, now. This time we set our sights on the fascinating and always revelatory area called Portland Bight. I have written about our experiences there several times before on this blog. Portland Bight is that big lump … More Flamingos and John Crows: Further Adventures in Birdland

The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence


Members of BirdLife Jamaica (I am proud to be one) have sent this letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister Daryl Vaz and to the local newspapers. The italics are mine, and the beautiful photographs are by BirdLife member, bird guide and passionate conservationist Wendy Lee. Dear Prime Minister: Members of BirdLife Jamaica, a 56-year-old … More The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence