Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

Dr. Leo R. Douglas, a Jamaican ornithologist, conservationist, and all-round extraordinary scientist and person, was a recipient of The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which was presented to him on February 2, 2021. Leo (can I call him Leo, please?) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Liberal Studies at NYU. … More Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

BirdSleuth Caribbean Program Connects Kids to Science and Nature

Bird sleuthing! An important part of the work of BirdsCaribbean (the region’s largest conservation NGO) is education. Not the “chalk and talk” kind of education, but hands-on, creative, experiential – and fun. Thousands of children – schools, youth groups and so on – have learned all about birds and the habitats they live in, thanks … More BirdSleuth Caribbean Program Connects Kids to Science and Nature

New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

It is wonderful to hear about two major research programmes that have started up in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland, a part of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – thanks to generous donors. Both the species under investigation are extremely vulnerable, for differing reasons. Fundamentally, though, they are threatened by … More New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

The Garbage Must Go

I have been on a fairly long hiatus; my brother and his wife were visiting over the holidays from Australia. As often happens, we were acting as willing and enthusiastic tour guides/consultants during their stay. It’s always a delight having visitors. We wanted to show our guests all our favourite Jamaican places, and to explore some … More The Garbage Must Go

On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

Sri Lankans love elephants. One could say that they are a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture and religion. They are also significant for the country’s tourism industry, which is slowly getting back on its feet – eight years after the end of a lingering and bitter conflict that lasted more than twenty years. During a … More On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

My Weekend Safari

Every weekend, I travel with my smartphone. I go on safari – to Kenya’s Maasai Mara or to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. My traveling companions, on National Geographic Wild’s Safari Live, are men and women driving rugged iron open trucks, keeping up a monologue and trying to keep an eye on the road, … More My Weekend Safari

Exciting Speakers Lined Up for BirdsCaribbean’s 21st International Conference in Cuba

The BirdsCaribbean International Conference is coming up fast! It is going to take place in a very beautiful part of Cuba and the keynote speakers will be exceptional. Please read more below; this article can be found on BirdsCaribbean website. And register today! The BirdsCaribbean International Conferences, which take place every two years, are always enriching … More Exciting Speakers Lined Up for BirdsCaribbean’s 21st International Conference in Cuba

Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme

Congratulations to Deonne Smith, the energetic Communications and Partnership Officer at the UN Environment (UNEP) Caribbean Sub-Regional Office in Kingston and a UN volunteer. She will join a number of other young Caribbean conservationists next week at the beautiful St. George’s University campus in Grenada as a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Here … More Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme

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