On Coloring Caribbean Birds and Attempting to Sketch Them


Are you artistic – or a budding artist? Do you love nature? Or do you just need some good therapy, in these stressful times? If you check any one of these boxes, then BirdsCaribbean’s latest coloring book is for you. It was produced for the annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) and then, as the … More On Coloring Caribbean Birds and Attempting to Sketch Them

More COVID Reflections: The Sweet Sadness of Life Online


I wrote recently about my new obsession with housework (except for the cooking, regrettably, since I am culinarily challenged) during the Time of COVID. Another aspect of life at home is online life. Everything that we did before has expanded, and then some. The WhatsApp platform, which had already become a bit of a fixture … More More COVID Reflections: The Sweet Sadness of Life Online

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

From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19


“World gone suicidal.” So said our cleaning lady as we scrubbed the bathroom from top to bottom this morning. I think that sums things up pretty well, don’t you? A short video clip on Twitter last evening gave me chills. Darkness had fallen over the community of Seven Miles/Eight Miles in Bull Bay – a … More From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of 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

Losing Our Fellow Creatures: UN Environment Programme Launches International Poster Biennial on Biodiversity


I feel that the issue of our loss of biodiversity – the millions of species of animals, birds, plants, insects that we have the honor of sharing this Planet with – has been somewhat sidelined in the discussions on climate change.  And yet – news stories appear almost daily that fill my heart with deep sadness. … More Losing Our Fellow Creatures: UN Environment Programme Launches International Poster Biennial on Biodiversity

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