BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments


This is not the first time I have pointed to the major threats to Caribbean coastlines (in particular, mangroves, swamp forest and wetlands in general) from developments, largely of the tourism variety: fancy villas, all inclusives, waterparks, spas, golf courses, marinas, cruise ship ports, and more. More often than not they are funded by “overseas … More BirdsCaribbean Deeply Concerned Over Threats to Grenada’s Environment from Three Damaging Developments

On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love


Today (February 2) is World Wetlands Day. For Jamaica (and everywhere) this should be an important date on the calendar. It marks the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar, Iran, in 1971. The “official” celebration will be at the Mason River Protected Area in northern Clarendon on Friday, February 7. It is the … More On World Wetlands Day, Let’s Give Our Wetlands More Love

2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1


To be honest (from my personal perspective) 2019 wasn’t a particularly encouraging year. It seems the only thing to do nowadays is to “play it safe” – something, perhaps, that I am not very good at, myself. There were some disappointments and frustrations – and worst of all, That Man is still President of the … More 2019 Was a Fulfilling Year for BirdLife Jamaica: Part 1

A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River


If you have never driven (slowly) through the hills of northern Clarendon…you should. There are neat piles of sugar cane at the side of the road. There are quiet, silvery donkeys (some of whom were loaded on each side with the cane). There is the stunning view of Lluidas Vale, the home of the Worthy … More A Pair of Big Eyes, Dry Leaves and Ice Cream at Mason River

Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier


On February 8 I saw a lovely tweet from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, regarding a floating cruise ship pier to be installed at Port Royal. It was accompanied by a video… Port Royal’s SeaWalk floating pier system is ready! Here’s a video from the manufacturer, showing it in operation at their dock. It is currently … More Jamaica Environment Trust Wants More Information on Government’s Plan for a Port Royal Cruise Ship Pier

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

Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017


As you may have noticed in various posts on this blog – in the past year or two, at least – the impact of tourism developments on the environment cannot be overstated. Sand has been removed from beaches to create new beaches at new tourism resorts (they have created a “fake beach” recently at the … More Minister Daryl Vaz – Speech at the Launch of National Environmental Awareness Week 2017

World Environment Day 2016 in Jamaica: Time for Action!


Today is World Environment Day, with a very important theme: Fighting illegal trafficking in wildlife. Here in Jamaica, we have some birthday greetings and candles to blow out. Firstly, it’s the 15th anniversary of the National Environment & Planning Agency (NEPA). The government agency has certainly had its ups and downs and frankly has not … More World Environment Day 2016 in Jamaica: Time for Action!

World Wetlands Day 2016 – in Jamaica and on Planet Earth


Happy World Wetlands Day! The National Environment and Planning Agency is busy today, with groups of eager schoolchildren (no doubt happy to have the day off) exploring what is left of the Port Royal mangroves (a Ramsar site) and learning all about the value of wetlands at the Port Royal Marine Laboratory. NEPA also sponsored … More World Wetlands Day 2016 – in Jamaica and on Planet Earth