Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

It’s a mixed picture. BirdsCaribbean’s recent webinar on “Shorebirds of the Atlantic Flyway: How Recent Work to Conserve Wetlands is Contributing to Species and Habitat Resilience in the Caribbean and Beyond” took place on September 15, and can be found on their YouTube channel here. I can only describe it as heartening and disheartening, in … More Young Caribbean conservationists talk about wetlands and shorebirds (the good and the depressing)

Shorebirds are special. Let’s show up for them!

Across the Caribbean region, and right around the world, citizen scientists, ornithologists, students, naturalists, conservationists, bird-lovers and birdwatchers, and environmentalists will be searching for shorebirds. World Shorebirds Day is Tuesday, September 6, 2022 and the period when the bird counters will be counting is from September 1 to 7. Shorebirds are quite enchanting birds, all … More Shorebirds are special. Let’s show up for them!

BirdsCaribbean, American Ornithological Society fly over to Puerto Rico for their 2022 Conference

The Caribbean (and American) birds are flying again… This time to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where BirdsCaribbean will be partnering with the American Ornithological Society for their 2022 Conference. So this time, it will be really big! Caribbean birds are under threat as never before, with climate change impacts ever-present and growing. This is not … More BirdsCaribbean, American Ornithological Society fly over to Puerto Rico for their 2022 Conference

A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

In the Caribbean, we are small. Although in Jamaica we tend to think of ourselves as a “larger” island, in the scheme of things only Cuba and Hispaniola can claim to be quite sizeable. And yet, as they say, “small is beautiful.” And one place that fits that description perfectly is Coral Cove in Grenada. … More A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

Palms, Ring-tailed Pigeons, the rushing river, and janga soup: Castleton Gardens on a Sunday morning

Happy (belated) Biodiversity Day! Or if you prefer the long-winded version, International Day for Biological Diversity. It’s interesting how one creature can capture your imagination – and make your day. In my case, that creature is most likely to be a bird. This happened a few weeks ago, as the BirdLife Jamaica “posse” set out … More Palms, Ring-tailed Pigeons, the rushing river, and janga soup: Castleton Gardens on a Sunday morning

Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Earth Day 2022 just slipped past me, while my back was turned – which is most unfortunate. However, I did contribute to a really nice pictorial article produced by Global Voices’ Caribbean team (headed by my ever-encouraging editor, Janine, in Trinidad). We shared our personal memories and thoughts reflected in the photographs we chose. You … More Earth Day 2022 postscript: Two priorities for Jamaica and the Planet

Jamaica is a birding hotspot, but there’s more to it than that

You know, I am a “bird nerd.” I am missing most of the organized birdwatching trips – but thank God for our yard, which is overgrown and somewhat wooded and brings us pleasant bird sightings on a daily basis. Today was a stately White-crowned Pigeon at our bird bath; a Vervain hummingbird dipping his tiny … More Jamaica is a birding hotspot, but there’s more to it than that

Talking to myself

I was reminded by a humorous meme on WhatsApp. It went something like: “I am at a committee meeting. It’s a committee of one, I’m talking to myself.” I talk to myself a great deal, although not necessarily out loud. I do it even more nowadays, since COVID and since, more recently, my husband’s illness. … More Talking to myself

Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

BirdLife Jamaica is at it again. For the past two years, since the pandemic started, we have been quiet; having said that, while group trips (we always carpool) have been difficult, we have, as individuals, in ones and twos, been busy doing our birding activities. Our WhatsApp group has remained as busy as ever – … More Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba

Wildlife trafficking breaks my heart. Now, BirdsCaribbean has discovered that a huge online trade in wild birds has escalated in Cuba. Here is their press release: December 21, 2021—BirdsCaribbean is extremely concerned at the drastic increase in the capture and trafficking of wild birds in Cuba over the past two years, and is urging the … More BirdsCaribbean Expresses Alarm at the Escalation of Illegal Bird Trafficking in Cuba