Hurry! BirdsCaribbean is offering THREE grant opportunities

Students, early career professionals, researchers, individuals or organisations now have the opportunity to apply for any one of three grants now on offer from BirdsCaribbean. The deadline for all three is Friday November 25, 2022, 11:59 pm EDT. Hurry up and apply! The David S. Lee Fund for the Conservation of Caribbean Birds is named … More Hurry! BirdsCaribbean is offering THREE grant opportunities

Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

BirdLife Jamaica is at it again. For the past two years, since the pandemic started, we have been quiet; having said that, while group trips (we always carpool) have been difficult, we have, as individuals, in ones and twos, been busy doing our birding activities. Our WhatsApp group has remained as busy as ever – … More Jamaicans counting waterbirds (and holding their noses)

The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister

The devil is in the details, they say, and as birders across the region gird themselves up and go out to muddy, sandy, wet places to spot birds, figuring out what is what is no joke. The birds are – what’s the word, indefinable? – at times. As I may have mentioned before, it’s always … More The Finer Points of Waterbirds: A Bit of a Brain Twister

Travels with a Canadian, Part 1: Native Plants, a Mystery Duck and the Discovery Centre at Salt River

Yes, we have been on an extended hiatus. Not only have we been dashing up and down with many chores and obligations to fulfill, but we had the honour of a visit from a fellow blogger. “Always a Redhead” hails from Hamilton, Ontario. Yes, we actually met online. It was a week of adventures, mishaps, … More Travels with a Canadian, Part 1: Native Plants, a Mystery Duck and the Discovery Centre at Salt 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

“Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister

Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?

Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

I hope you find something of interest here… Feedback is always welcome! Here are my Top Ten articles… Jamaica and the Caribbean: Caribbean Island’s Last Two Rare Frogs are Reunited: What is a Mountain Chicken? It’s a frog! The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is coordinating a Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme, and recently brought together a male and … More Mountain Chickens, Solar Radiation, Watersheds and More: Environment/Climate Change Roundup, July 10, 2016

Seventh Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census a Huge Success

The last few weeks have been very busy, but our birds are there – and as wonderful and fascinating as ever. I am looking forward to a birding weekend in eastern Jamaica with BirdLife Jamaica next weekend. Meanwhile, the long-running Caribbean Waterbird Census was very successful this year. Here’s the press release from BirdsCaribbean: March … More Seventh Annual Caribbean Waterbird Census a Huge Success

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