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

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

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

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

A Few Good (Jamaican) Men of 2015: Saluting You!

  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!