“Or Does It Explode?” On the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King’s Death

Originally posted on Destructive Anachronism:
As I’m sure most of you are aware, today marks the fiftieth anniversary since the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he had been since 18 March assisting the sanitation workers striking for better pay and working conditions. King, whom…

Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

It has been a struggle for the islands that suffered from Hurricanes Irma and Maria last  year to get back on their feet.  The people, their homes, their villages and their societies were disrupted and in many cases damaged or destroyed. The same of course goes for the environment. Important habitats for birds like the … More Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This is actually a review of the year so far. What an extraordinary two weeks and three days it has been! And on top of all the strange and alarming incidents, a so-called pastor is planning to visit us later this month. I wrote about Steve Anderson here. Free speech, anyone? Click on the highlighted … More Crime Overwhelming, Roads Collapsing and Three Pounds of Sugar! Jamaica Weekly Review: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices

Only two weeks into the new year, it is Martin Luther King Day – and it is amidst anger (among African and Caribbean nations in particular, but also across America and the world) at the words of the President of the United States. I have promised myself not to mention his name, nor will I … More On Martin Luther King Day, When We Are Reminded to Raise Our Voices

Conservationists Excited to Find Surviving Barbuda Warblers on Devastated Island

The aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria is slow and painful. All over the Caribbean there are small, human struggles going on. While the situation on islands such as Puerto Rico remains deplorable and very worrying, there are small, bright lights of hope. One is from BirdsCaribbean, which today reported (with some joy) that the tiny, … More Conservationists Excited to Find Surviving Barbuda Warblers on Devastated Island

Please Help Bird Conservationists in the Caribbean After Two Dreadful Hurricanes

BirdsCaribbean is reeling after the onslaught of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, this hateful month of September, 2017. As I write, Puerto Rico, Culebra, and Vieques, the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas are all under Hurricane Warning, as Hurricane Maria continues to batter … More Please Help Bird Conservationists in the Caribbean After Two Dreadful Hurricanes

BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation

Well, I knew I should have gone. After excellent conferences in Grenada (2013) and Kingston, Jamaica (2015), BirdsCaribbean held their 21st International Conference earlier this month in Topes de Collantes, Cuba. Here is their press release, plus one or two of the photos that I collected and shared during the meeting (Internet was expensive and … More BirdsCaribbean Cuba Conference Connects Scientists and Promotes Conservation

Thousands Enjoy Unique Bird Experiences Throughout the Caribbean

The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival is a great annual event across the region. Non-governmental organisations organise events celebrating the birds that are special to us. Did you know that there are 29 bird species here in Jamaica that live on this very island – and nowhere else in the world? Including, of course, our National Bird, the … More Thousands Enjoy Unique Bird Experiences Throughout the Caribbean

Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day

It has been a day and night of overwhelming rain in Kingston – the kind of rain that gets louder and louder until you cannot ignore it. Not so good for the pre-Carnival partygoers (hopefully they will have sunshine tomorrow). There are flood warnings and many Earth Day events were postponed. The rain may also … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Begins on Earth Day