Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany


Here’s an update on the petition, which I shared in my last blog post. Eleven conservation organisations have signed an open letter to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Erik Solheim regarding the export of Dominica’s beloved parrots to Germany.  If you have not already signed, please read the statement from BirdsCaribbean … More Letter to the UN Environment Programme Expresses Concern Over Transfer of Rare Dominican Parrots to Germany

Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition


There has been a worrying development in bird conservation in the Caribbean recently. On March 17, two Sisserou (Imperial Parrots Amazona imperialis) and ten Jaco (Red-necked Parrots Amazona arausiaca) were whisked away from the island of Dominica, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria last year. How, why and where did they go? Well, we … More Return Endangered Native Parrots from Germany to Dominica! Please Sign the Petition

The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation


Here we are in Kingston, right on the very edge of Hurricane Irma’s huge spiral of destruction. Lightning flickers, the thunder is terrifying our dogs, and we have had very heavy rain for the last hour or two. The Caribbean has been thrown into turmoil in the wake of Irma, which is making its way up … More The Cost of Storms: Some Caribbean Islands to Receive Payouts from CCRIF After Irma’s Devastation

Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech


It was a beautiful evening last Monday, May 8 at Mona Visitors Lodge on the University of the West Indies campus. When I arrived, the reception for the celebration of Europe Day – and the 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – was already in full swing. The Head of Delegation of the European … More Europe Day Celebrations: A Shower of Rain, a Splendid Cake and Ambassador Wasilewska’s Speech

World Wetlands Day 2017: Wet and Dry in Salt River


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

Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse


Well, everyone knows I just love Twitter. It’s exciting, annoying, fun, very diverse and if I can manage to avoid Donald Trump’s tweets, I’m OK. I am @petchary. We had a moderately sociable Christmas – with family Skype sessions and friends for food and drink – but Twitter still kept me amused in between chatting … More Christmas in Twitterland – A Pictorial Glimpse