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

Apply Now for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in Jamaica

Jamaica has a flourishing and dynamic cultural life, as we all know. We also have a pretty fascinating cultural heritage – much of it in dire need of preservation. We love our culture, but we are sometimes not so good at recording, preserving, restoring, documenting. Be that as it may, I wanted to quickly post … More Apply Now for the 2017 U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation in Jamaica

Migratory Birds, and the Treaties that Protect Them, Celebrated on 20 Caribbean Islands

It’s been a busy time for BirdsCaribbean partners across the islands, as the migratory birds have arrived! Our own yard in Kingston (which is very green) is alive with migratory birds. As I write, I can see a Northern Parula taking a quick bath, and yesterday we watched a Black-and-White-Warbler (“Ants Bird”) creeping up the … More Migratory Birds, and the Treaties that Protect Them, Celebrated on 20 Caribbean Islands

Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

If you have been reading my blog for the past three years, you will know that literally hundreds of conservation organizations (at home and overseas) and thousands of individuals supported the Jamaica Environment Trust’s Save Goat Islands campaign to rescue this beautiful and unique area from development as a transshipment port. In a couple of blog posts, … More Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016

Apart from bouts of insomnia (is it the heavy, humid weather?) all is well. Our old dog has been taking refuge in our back verandah on a daily basis as thunder rumbles around (bringing little rain). It’s been an interesting week in journalism, actually – and lawyers have been very busy! I very much enjoyed … More The Holness House Revisited, Trafigura Looms and Zika Updates: Jamaica on Friday, June 3, 2016

Jamaica, Sunday, May 15, 2016: One Point Five, Men in Hard Hats, Thumbs Down Queen’s School, #SaveGoatIslands

It has been a very busy and somewhat turbulent week – rather like the weather, which is sunshine in the morning and rain in the afternoon, with a bit of thunder and lightning thrown in. We are remembering that one year (and two years) ago, we were already deep into drought conditions. I for one … More Jamaica, Sunday, May 15, 2016: One Point Five, Men in Hard Hats, Thumbs Down Queen’s School, #SaveGoatIslands

Highlighting Laws That Protect Our Birds: The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Off

You may have read quite a lot already about the horrors of wildlife trafficking – an evil trade that is, in many cases, helping to drive our precious wildlife towards extinction. The dramatic stories of large animals – elephants, tigers and rhinos, for example – are well known. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), which has … More Highlighting Laws That Protect Our Birds: The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Off

Connecting Communities and Conservation with BirdsCaribbean

It’s been a challenging but exciting year for BirdsCaribbean. For me personally, it has been enormous fun too! I has been an amazing learning experience, helping out as a member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 20th International Meeting, which took place at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston in late July. The people … More Connecting Communities and Conservation with BirdsCaribbean

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Hosts Regional Workshop in Kingston to Evaluate its US$6 million Caribbean Investment

After a few days without Internet (more on that later) I am trying to catch up with myself. Panos Caribbean asked me to share this information with you, as COP21 (the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris) is just around the corner… My apologies for the somewhat belated post.  November 13, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica. Six Caribbean … More Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund Hosts Regional Workshop in Kingston to Evaluate its US$6 million Caribbean Investment

International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

Just a couple of months ago, over 220 delegates from 33 countries descended on Kingston, Jamaica for the BirdsCaribbean 20th International Meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel. It was an exciting five days, with one day in the middle for field trips. Since then, time has flown past and International Migratory Bird Day is here. … More International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration