The devil is in the details, they say, and as birders across the region gird themselves up and go out to muddy, sandy, wet places to spot birds, figuring out what is what is no joke. The birds are – what’s the word, indefinable? – at times. As I may have mentioned before, it’s always … More The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister
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
Yes, it was quite a year. I am continuing with my overview of the year 2019, as experienced by the intrepid band of birdwatchers that make up BirdLife Jamaica (BLJ). I missed a couple of events in the summer, but here goes… On June 1, a group led by Ricardo Miller trekked to Schwallenburgh in … More BirdLife Jamaica’s 2019 Adventures: Part 2
Salt is a curious substance. We humans need it in our bodies, but not too much. Too much raises our “pressure” and often Jamaicans put too much salt in their food (our local cook shop, for example!) When you see it all laid out in front of you in liquid form, it takes on a … More Walking on a Salty Morning with John and the Shorebirds
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
Sigh. I wish I was going to Cuba for the 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean, but I cannot make it this time. It’s going to be wonderful, I know! Here is an article about some of the topics and speakers who will be there. It’s only two and a half weeks away, but “last minute” … More BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!
I use that slightly corny Jamaican expression in my headline because – yes, in fact the 20th International Meeting in Kingston, Jamaica was full of high spirits and happy “vibes.” The energy at the Knutsford Court Hotel was palpable, as we all shared, learned and networked. It was the largest conservation meeting to be held … More BirdsCaribbean International Meeting in Kingston: An “Irie” Experience
As the summer gathers up its strength, school is out – and across Jamaica the summer camps get started. This week, a one-of-a-kind summer camp is taking place at the beautifully landscaped Hope Zoo, adjoining Hope Gardens. It’s a first for the regional non-profit conservation organization BirdsCaribbean, which is holding its 20th International Meeting at … More The Young Bird Detectives
Students! Conservationists! Ornithologists! Teachers! Community Workers! Environmental NGOs! Scientists! And members of the Jamaican public! Are you ready? A few weeks ago, I told you about the upcoming 20th International Meeting of the non-profit organization BirdsCaribbean at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica (July 25 – 29, 2015). The theme is: “Birds: Connecting Communities … More Birds Caribbean International Meeting in Jamaica: Exciting Updates!
Something big is flying over to Kingston this summer! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist that). BirdsCaribbean’s 20th International Meeting will take place in Kingston (at the Knutsford Court Hotel) from July 25 – 29, 2015, with the theme: “Birds – Connecting Communities and Conservation.” This will be an amazing opportunity for Caribbean and international wildlife professionals, ornithologists, scientists, … More BirdsCaribbean’s 20th International Meeting Is Coming to Kingston in July!