Haitian students plant trees to help local birds. Image: Société Écologique d’Haïti via BirdsCaribbean

Bird festival inspires youth across the Caribbean

BirdsCaribbean media release — “We’re so excited to have an event in Haiti this year!” Ingrid Flores is delighted to add a new country to her map of events. She is the coordinator of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). It is organized every year by BirdsCaribbean. Partners across the …

Frigatebirds, Codrington Lagoon, Barbuda. Image: Sailing Nomad.

Frigatebirds return to Barbuda

After the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017, most of Barbuda’s frigatebird population disappeared from the island’s Codrington Lagooon, which is said to be the second-largest frigatebird nesting site outside the Galapagos. The BBC reports that frigatebirds have begun returning to Barbuda: The aptly named magnificent frigatebirds are famed for …

Puerto Rican crested toad. Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikipedia

Detroit Zoo’s breeding programme boosts population of endangered Puerto Rican crested toad

Since 1995, the Detroit Zoo has been working, through a cooperative breeding programme, to preserve and grow populations of the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur). Recently the zoo sent over 11,000 tadpoles to Puerto Rico to help increase the toad population in the wild: Detroit Zoo officials …

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Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas supports manta ray research and conservation

Did you know that the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in The Bahamas is a significant hub for manta ray research and conservation? [Earlier this month] at Atlantis, Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, one of only two aquariums in the Western Hemisphere to presently care for and study the manta …

Guadeloupe birds. Image: Nicolas Loison

Event: BirdsCaribbean International Conference 2019

BirdsCaribbean is inviting birders to save the date for their 22nd International Conference, which will be held in Guadeloupe July 25 to 29, 2019: Planning is underway for the 22nd International Conference of BirdsCaribbean. We are excited to announce that we will be hosted by Parc National de la Guadeloupe …

UN Environment Young Champions of the Earth. Image: via http://web.unep.org/youngchampions/

Co-founder of Bahamas-based coral farm in the running for UN Environment’s Young Champions of the Earth prize

UN Environment’s Young Champions of the Earth prize is intended to recognize and reward young people with big ideas that address urgent environmental issues in bold and creative ways. Among the finalists from Latin America and the Caribbean this year is Gator Halpern, a young environmental entrepreneur who is building …

Mangroves, British Virgin Islands. Image: Alan Wolf

CARICOM developing regional biodiversity strategy

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is moving towards finalising the region’s first biodiversity strategy: More than 50 delegates from around the Region [were] in Guyana for a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) workshop to continue the development of a CARICOM Biodiversity Strategy (CBS). The Workshop [was] held from 14-15 June, 2018, at the …