Park Stories

Stories Around The Parks
08
Feb

Christmas Bird Count – Its Not Just About Counting Birds

Christmas Bird Count Bahamas – It’s Not Just About Counting Birds Story by Lynn Gape, Deputy Executive Director of the Bahamas National Trust     For the past 24 years The Bahamas has participated in the “Christmas Bird Count” (CBC), the first formal citizen science project that began 116 years ago in the United States and now includes all the Canadian Provinces, the Caribbean, Bahamas, South America as well as several Pacific Islands.  Sixty – five persons participated in the The Bahamas’ CBCs which were held on Abaco, Andros, Grand Bahama and New Providence .  These counts collect important data...
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24
Jan

An Abaco Mystery: The Missing Bahama Oriole

By Scott Johnson, Science Officer, Bahamas National Trust       In the 1990’s, Abaco, the second largest island in The Bahamas and the island with the most endemic birds lost one of its five endemic bird species: the Bahama Oriole.  To date, we are not sure what caused its extinction.  In this short article, I offer a few thoughts that may have led to the demise of the Bahama Oriole on Abaco  focusing on hurricanes, human disturbance and the house cat. Hurricanes are radically powerful storms that have helped to mould the Bahama archipelago. The strong winds, and heavy...
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03
Jan

The Abaco Parrot | What you might not know…

The Abaco Parrot: Subterranean Amazons in The Bahamas by Giselle Dean, Science Officer for the Bahamas National Trust   One of my most cherished memories is a trip that I took as a child to Abaco. During that trip, I learned how to fish, got to experience the pine forests, and visited some iconic Bahamian locations such as Marsh Harbour and the Hope Town Lighthouse. Being the animal lover that I am, my favourite parts were fishing, but also getting my first look at a very special bird, the Abaco Parrot. It was not until much, much later that I...
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21
Dec

Mangrove Restoration Project Bonefish Pond National Park

  On Saturday 16th December the Bahamas National Trust’s Bonefish Pond National Park received an early Christmas gift!  Rotary of East Nassau and Rotary International partnered with us on a climate resiliency initiative, a cause that is of a priority to  Rotary International President Elect Barry Rassin (who by the way is the first every Bahamian and, for that matter, Caribbean national to be appointed to this esteemed role).  To kick off Mr. Rassin’s Presidency he and his wife Esther spent the afternoon with BNT staff and fellow Rotarians planting mangrove propogules and seedlings at Bonefish Pond.  The plants were...
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23
Nov

Mangroves, blue holes and fossilized Lucayan remains | Lucayan National Park

Wander through mangrove systems higher than you are tall; climb down into one of the largest blue hole systems in the world; and step foot where our Bahamian ancestors laid to rest their loved ones, Burial Mound Cave which is home to fossilized Lucayan remains.  Welcome to the Lucayan National Park.  (by Heather Carey)     Grand Bahama and the Lucayan National Park My third adventure with the Bahamas National Trust took me to Grand Bahama for the semi-annual Council meeting.  Many moons ago I had visited GB when I worked for the Bahamas Tourist Office in the UK – we took...
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