You know, I am a “bird nerd.” I am missing most of the organized birdwatching trips – but thank God for our yard, which is overgrown and somewhat wooded and brings us pleasant bird sightings on a daily basis. Today was a stately White-crowned Pigeon at our bird bath; a Vervain hummingbird dipping his tiny … More Jamaica is a birding hotspot, but there’s more to it than that
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
Art and birds seem to go together – in my mind, anyway. What could be more inspiring than the shape of a hawk’s wing, the iridescence of feathers on a hummingbird, the graceful neck of an egret, the steady flight of a heron? Not to mention the colors of our migratory birds, such as the … More Art for Caribbean Birds
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
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Friday, March 3 was World Wildlife Day. This photograph shows the power, dignity and beauty of our animal kingdom, to me – look at those tawny eyes – and it demonstrates why we should stop killing, poaching, hunting, trafficking the creatures that share this planet with us. They have as much right to be here … More The Arrival of the King !
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
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
Jamaican men may, from time to time, get a bad rap. Sometimes (as in the case of the God’s-gift-to-women, egotistical Christopher Gayle) it is probably deserved. But – you know something? There are some wonderful Jamaican men out there, doing fantastic work, all over the island. I am mentioning just a few in this … More A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!
As the month of June closed up shop for another year, and before we forgot to truly celebrate, we decided to recognize our wedding anniversary by getting out of town – just for a couple of days – to a small guest house in White River, which is close to Ocho Rios in St. Ann, … More Blue Days in White River