ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

Jamaicans do love political dramas, and the past week or so they have been riveted by the steadily building saga of the People’s National Party, our parliamentary Opposition that seems to be struggling in a quagmire. You know how the more you struggle, the more stuck you get? Most of the time I don’t understand … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 8, 2020: The Opposition Implosion Edition

On Coloring Caribbean Birds and Attempting to Sketch Them

Are you artistic – or a budding artist? Do you love nature? Or do you just need some good therapy, in these stressful times? If you check any one of these boxes, then BirdsCaribbean’s latest coloring book is for you. It was produced for the annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) and then, as the … More On Coloring Caribbean Birds and Attempting to Sketch Them

World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?

Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?

The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun

I hear the 2018 Guardsman Games was a great success this year, despite the oppressive heat. It’s all rather tough guy/gal stuff, and I think I am too old and unfit myself (my days of climbing ropes are over. Actually, I never could climb a rope…) There is a pretty daunting Obstacle Race and a … More The Intensive Care Unit at Bustamante Hospital for Children is Now Powered by the Sun

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

Of Water…and Iguanas

Next week is World Water Day – March 22, 2016. The theme from the UN is “Water and Jobs.” I will have to learn more about this, but you can read about it here: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/ For a small developing country like Jamaica (and for the entire region) water is becoming an increasingly complex issue, and World … More Of Water…and Iguanas

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

BirdsCaribbean International Meeting in Kingston: An “Irie” Experience

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

The Young Bird Detectives

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