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
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
Salt is a curious substance. We humans need it in our bodies, but not too much. Too much raises our “pressure” and often Jamaicans put too much salt in their food (our local cook shop, for example!) When you see it all laid out in front of you in liquid form, it takes on a … More Walking on a Salty Morning with John and the Shorebirds
Did you know that connecting with nature is actually good for your mental health? When did you last go out and simply enjoy being surrounded by nature, absorbing and sharing its energy? Perhaps, it has been too long. Birding is a part of that. In fact, just today I came across a blog on Twitter … More Counting Waterbirds on World Wetlands Day
Waiting is a pause, a pause before the action. That is this week’s Photo Challenge. I often seem to take pictures of people before an event, while they are waiting for something to happen. The body language of a human being “on pause” is interesting and amusing. Birders are by nature quite patient; I have … More Waiting…and Waiting.
My problem with birdwatching trips (as I may have said before) is that they start way too early. I would rather ease into them at, say, eleven o’clock, having had a good breakfast and a good jolt of coffee. But alas, by then the birds would be busy doing whatever birds do at that time … More Of Flamingoes and Water Boots: A Birding Trip
As you may know, I am just not good at getting up in the morning; and yesterday was particularly damp and grey, with no sign of the sun. So it was, I confess, a bit of a struggle. Yet at 6:30 a.m. there I was, in a taxi cab, roaring up Old Hope Road for … More Birds Brighten the Grey Gardens
I use that slightly corny Jamaican expression in my headline because – yes, in fact the 20th International Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica was full of high spirits and happy “vibes.” The energy at the Knutsford Court Hotel was palpable, as we all shared, learned and networked. It was the largest conservation meeting to be held … More BirdsCaribbean International Meeting in Kingston: An “Irie” Experience