Park Stories

Stories Around The Parks
18
Oct

Coral Reef Assessment | Aboard the R/V Angari Research Vessel | Central Eastern Bahamas

Assessing the coral reefs in the central eastern Bahamas by Shelley Cant-Woodside. The BNT science team, Shelley Cant-Woodside, Lindy Knowles and Agnessa Lundy joined a dynamic team of scientists to conduct coral reef assessments across the central eastern islands of The Bahamas. The expedition led by Dr. Craig Dahlgren from the Perry Institute for Marine Science (PIMS) along with Sandy Voegali (San Salvador Living Jewels Foundation), Mallory Raphael (Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) and Anna (Cape Eleuthera Institute) with the BNT science team, set off for Cat Island on the 29th of September aboard the research vessel R/V Angari. The...
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02
Oct

Confronting the Coral Crisis: New Approaches to Reversing the Decline of Coral Reefs

Anyone who has had the opportunity to snorkel or dive on a healthy coral reef knows that few sights in nature are as breathtaking.  From the amazing shapes and formations of the corals themselves to the many multi-colored creatures that live in the crevices to the shimmering schools of fish that seem to move as one, every inch of thriving coral habitat appears to be teeming with life.  Coral reefs represent some of the densest and most varied ecosystems on earth.  Though they cover only 0.2 percent of the ocean’s floor , scientists estimate that nearly one million species of...
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21
Sep

The Retreat Garden – Nassau’s Hidden Gem

  Hidden from view on Village Road is an internationally famous garden of palms and rare tropical plants. Formerly a private home, the lush estate is now a national park open to the public for garden tours 7 days a week. The Retreat Garden is a green oasis on the edge of the city of Nassau with an interesting background. Here, visitors can explore a native hardwood forest and learn about the flora and fauna of the islands in a child-friendly environment. This 11-acre property, including a small wooden cottage, was acquired in 1925 by colonial civil servant Arthur Langlois...
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21
Sep

The Retreat and the Hurricanes of 1926, 1928 and 1929

In light of the busy hurricane season , we thought it would be appropriate to talk a bit about The Retreat Garden and the hurricanes it is has weathered. Margaret and Arthur Langlois purchased the 11 acre property in early 1925 and moved in as newlyweds in August of 1925.  They had already invested many hours of work in their garden and in July of 1926 they were just seeing the fruits of their labor.  On July 25th , Margaret and Arthur walked through their garden, hand in hand , marveling at the beauty of their new home. They awoke...
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18
Sep

2017 Bahama Parrots are back in Inagua post-Irma

Matthew Town residents on the island of Inagua are happily waking up to the raucous early morning calls of their beloved Bahama Parrots. “ We were very worried about the parrots” said Lynn Gape, BNT’s Deputy Executive Director. “In Hurricane Ike (2008) over half the population was lost even though it recovered quickly back up to pre-Ike populations of over 8,000 birds.” Parrots are heavily impacted by these storms as they need to feed on the native fruits and vegetation that are destroyed in the high winds. BNT Warden, Randolph Burrows was able to report seeing over 100 Bahama Parrots...
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