The big news has been not only the COVID-19 vaccine, but the fact that the very first person to receive it was a Jamaican American. A cold front arrived, bringing strong winds and lower temperatures for a day; our moringa tree took a beating, and has not recovered yet. And behind everything else the crime … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 15, 2020: The Vaccine Edition
Here is this evening’s statement, as anxiety over COVID-19 is slowly building in Jamaica. News of three countries in the Caribbean now being affected has been concerning. Please see the full text below: National Statement: COVID-19 Delivered by the Minister of Health & Wellness Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton 2 March 2020 The new Coronavirus … More Statement by Jamaican Minister of Health and Wellness on COVID-19: March 2, 2020
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
For the past few days, I have been wrapped up in social media posts – looking at photos and videos of broken buildings, ravaged landscapes and water – water everywhere – whether salt or fresh it is hard to tell, and likely a mixture of the two. Even in Kingston, Jamaica – well outside the … More Hurricane Irma: Will the Caribbean Ever Be the Same?
Sigh. I wish I was going to Cuba for the 21st International Conference of BirdsCaribbean, but I cannot make it this time. It’s going to be wonderful, I know! Here is an article about some of the topics and speakers who will be there. It’s only two and a half weeks away, but “last minute” … More BirdsCaribbean Meeting in Cuba to Highlight Tourism, Technology…and More!
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
It’s been a busy time for BirdsCaribbean partners across the islands, as the migratory birds have arrived! Our own yard in Kingston (which is very green) is alive with migratory birds. As I write, I can see a Northern Parula taking a quick bath, and yesterday we watched a Black-and-White-Warbler (“Ants Bird”) creeping up the … More Migratory Birds, and the Treaties that Protect Them, Celebrated on 20 Caribbean Islands
Here’s a press release from BirdsCaribbean, the largest regional organization devoted to wildlife conservation in the Caribbean. You can find them on Facebook at Birds Caribbean and on Twitter @BirdsCaribbean. For more information on the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival and the International Migratory Bird Day, which take place annually, go to the beautiful Facebook page: … More Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Soars to New Heights
We have an implement called a “zapper” in our house. It is rather ugly, made of orange plastic and looks like a small tennis racket. But it does the trick. It kills mosquitoes. This year’s World Health Day (which was today, April 7 – or still is in our part of the world) focused on … More World Health Day 2014: About The Tiny Things That Kill More Than a Million