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

A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead


This is UNESCO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But have business interests overseas and in the Caribbean got the memo yet? One wonders. I have more to say on this subject, but firstly… Karetta Crooks Charles, Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, shared this press release with me a few days … More A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead