The Birds of Puerto Bueno, Jamaica: Including the First Bird to be Protected by Law

As part of my “Listen to the Scientists” campaign (bowing deeply to Wendy Lee), I would like to tell you a little bit about the birds that call Puerto Bueno Mountain (and the area, also called Dry Harbour Mountains) home. It is also the home of a myriad insects, plants and trees, many of which … More The Birds of Puerto Bueno, Jamaica: Including the First Bird to be Protected by Law

Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

“In keeping with my recent advocacy on national and international platforms, I wish to focus on the fact that our natural heritage, including our biodiversity and ecosystems, are an important part of our material heritage. We readily understand the value of our natural heritage when we are complimented on the beauty of our island, our … More Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

This press release from the Cockpit Country Stakeholders Group is not just about environmental issues. It is about transparency, proper consultation, and democracy. As we in Jamaica are living under restrictions during the COVID-19 era – notably, the limitations on gatherings – we cannot possibly attend in-person consultations (which have often lasted for hours in … More Cockpit Country Stakeholders Call for Thorough EIA Consultation Process for Mining Permits

The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence

Members of BirdLife Jamaica (I am proud to be one) have sent this letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Minister Daryl Vaz and to the local newspapers. The italics are mine, and the beautiful photographs are by BirdLife member, bird guide and passionate conservationist Wendy Lee. Dear Prime Minister: Members of BirdLife Jamaica, a 56-year-old … More The Cockpit Country’s Majestic Presence

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

Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

As I mentioned recently, Jamaica House has opened a new petition portal – rather like President Obama’s White House petition page. Jamaica Environment Trust and a range of civil society/environmental advocates have opened a  petition to Save Cockpit Country. Yes, I have written about this many times before, and there have been public consultations, many … More Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change

“Our islands are very brittle.” Farmer, environmentalist, community activist and priest Rev. Dr. Frank E. Lawrence makes this observation as his friend, local conservationist Wendy Lee, and I settle down on his verandah in Runaway Bay for a good chat. Dr. Lawrence is now 83 years old; he talks about a village called Sturge Town, … More Sturge Town: A Farming Community Faces Up to Climate Change

Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I heard my first Christmas radio commercial last week. Jingle bells and all. I was quite shocked. It is, after all, still October, last time I checked! It has been around ten days since I last wrote, and the past ten days have been, shall we say, a rather rough ride for some of our … More Not Babies in the Real Sense, The Bathroom Break, and Bright Young Journalists: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

#BirdsCarib2015: Personal Musings on the First Two Days of BirdsCaribbean’s Conference in Kingston

Conferences are busy conglomerates of people. People looking for other people (“Have you seen So-and-So? I saw him/her a minute ago and now…”). People coming across old acquaintances, familiar or half-familiar faces (“Oh, where did we meet before? Was it in Boston/Sydney/Kuala Lumpur? Ten years ago? Really, so long!”) Some delegates are perched over their laptops, a … More #BirdsCarib2015: Personal Musings on the First Two Days of BirdsCaribbean’s Conference in Kingston

BirdsCaribbean Field Trips in Jamaica: The Greatest Way to Learn

What’s so great about field trips? I have vivid memories of a field trip staggering up a particular, very steep hill just outside London, during a school field trip, with our Geography teacher urging us on. Field trips were hard work, but we often ended up learning more than we would in the classroom. And … More BirdsCaribbean Field Trips in Jamaica: The Greatest Way to Learn