Today (July 26) is World Mangrove Day. What does this mean for Jamaica? Regrettably, the average Jamaican might regard mangrove areas as dirty, smelly, somewhat scary places (scary because endangered American Crocodiles live there) – and riddled with mosquitoes. What possible benefits could they bring to the island? Personally, I find wetland areas in Jamaica … More Are We Trying Hard Enough to Preserve Our Mangroves in Jamaica?
When we have heavy rains, crocodiles tend to be more mobile and move about the place. Jamaica is still under a huge cloud of rain, which has been coming down in torrents since last night over most of the island. There are many places (some in urban areas, such as Portmore, Seaview Gardens etc) where crocodiles … More NEPA Warns Jamaicans to Steer Clear of Crocodile Habitats During Heavy Rains
“Reflecting” is a Weekly Photo Challenge with many possibilities. At first, I thought of introspection. I love taking photos of people deep in thought – listening perhaps. But then I remembered a visit to King’s House (the Governor General’s residence) with Dr. Marcia Forbes and a group of videography interns, who had been doing a free summer … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflecting… at King’s House, Jamaica
The crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) posed with his front feet on a rock on the other side of the river, the front part of his body tilted upwards, the lower part in the dark green waters. His jaws were slightly open, displaying some very white lower teeth that my dentist might well admire. He looked as … More World Wetlands Day 2017: Wet and Dry in Salt River
Yes – it’s been a while. I have been too busy to put together this regular compilation of stories – local, regional and international. However, let’s bring you up to date. Please click on the links for more information… Jamaica and the Caribbean Cuban Crocodiles Pose a Problem: The Cuban Crocodile (Crocodylus rhombifer) is critically endangered. For decades, there … More Cuban Crocs, National Adaptation Plans and the African Elephant Coalition: Stories on the Environment, October 13, 2016
I am not good at the “kmt” thing. In Jamaican social media slang this means “kiss my teeth” – a sound of irritation made when the tongue meets the front teeth. There were several occasions this week when I did a mental “kmt.” However, the cooler weather – bright sunny mornings and rainy afternoons – … More “KMT” Moments, Crocodile Feasts, and RIP Countryman: Sunday, September 18, 2016
In the 1980s, Hellshire was the playground of uptown Kingston. Every Saturday morning, a phalanx of UWI lecturers sunbathed and gossiped on wooden benches at the top. Lower down, families played together. We waited for the fishing boats to come in, bought fish and took it home. What a life! All that is gone now, … More #AToZChallengeJamaica: H is for Hellshire
Today is World Environment Day, with a very important theme: Fighting illegal trafficking in wildlife. Here in Jamaica, we have some birthday greetings and candles to blow out. Firstly, it’s the 15th anniversary of the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA). The government agency has certainly had its ups and downs and frankly has not … More World Environment Day 2016 in Jamaica: Time for Action!
It’s been such a pleasant week. Half of me wants to get going on things, while the other has a hangover from the holiday and is inclined to laziness. I suspect there are others who are in this bipolar state! However, as expected, things are quickly warming up on the political front. And the weather? We … More Andrew’s Coercive Forces, Zika Approaches and Don’t Blush, Baby: Friday, January 8, 2016
I am reposting this article from CNN’s website. Please share it widely. You can find it online at http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/02/opinion/townsend-jamaica-iguana/ Editor’s note: Wendy Townsend writes for children and young adults, and she and her family raise lizards as pets. Her third novel, “Blue Iguana,” has just been released by namelos. The opinions in this commentary are solely … More Jamaica Selling Out Its Paradise: CNN Op-Ed by Wendy Townsend