A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

It’s that time of year again, with the softening of the sun’s harsh rays and the shortening of our days. The light changes somehow, and the weather has calmed. So, it’s feeling a little like Christmas! In Kingston, however, the traffic has not calmed at all, and the season’s activities have stepped up. These include … More A splash of art and crafts for Christmas in Kingston, Jamaica

The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

Nanny is the only woman among Jamaica’s National Heroes, and in many ways the most mysterious. When I think of Nanny, Queen of the Maroons, I think of mountain mists and waterfalls and dark hiding places and ambushes in the rain. Now there is an open call for artists to “reimagine” and interpret her spirit, … More The Reimagining Nanny Project: An open call for artists to participate

Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

Dr. Leo R. Douglas, a Jamaican ornithologist, conservationist, and all-round extraordinary scientist and person, was a recipient of The New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award, which was presented to him on February 2, 2021. Leo (can I call him Leo, please?) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Liberal Studies at NYU. … More Leo, Aliya, MLK, and the Parrots: A Lesson in Mentorship

Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture

What do Jamaica’s young people think about wildlife, its conservation – and conservationists? Do they think about these things at all? Dr. Leo Douglas, Assistant Clinical Professor at New York University and a former President of BirdsCaribbean, has conducted some interesting research over four years in Jamaican schools. He has developed an interest in the … More Leo Douglas To Speak On Youth Attitudes to Wildlife at BirdLife Jamaica’s Annual Lecture

Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project

  Just a quick bird note: I have been in touch with Aliya Hosein, who is a Trinidadian and a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Aliya holds a BSc in Biology and MSc in Sustainable Development and Conservation in the Caribbean (with Distinction) from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus. She … More Support Young Women in STEM! The Blue and Gold Project

The Blue and the Gold: Protect the Caribbean’s Only Remaining Native Macaw

TODAY, a group of young Trinidadian conservationists and experts from the Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean  (CLiC) Fellowship Program has launched a crowdfunding campaign to protect these magnificent birds, whose numbers have begun to increase. Please see the details here, and if you can – PLEASE support their efforts. It is so important to encourage … More The Blue and the Gold: Protect the Caribbean’s Only Remaining Native Macaw

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

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