Park Stories

Stories Around The Parks

A BIG effort for Global BIG Day 2019

  What would you consider to be an ideal way to spend a sunny, wonderful Saturday in The Bahamas? If you said counting birds, then you and I were thinking the same thing (you definitely weren’t thinking that). On Saturday, May 4th I spent the entire day counting birds for Global Big Day 2019. Global Big Day. It’s like Black Friday, but instead of rushing to mega-stores chasing crazy price deals on electronics, you rush to all the “bird hotspots” looking for birds. Global Big Day is a 24-hour birding binge, where people from all over the world get outside to...
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Andros West Side National Park : A Beacon of Hope for Sawfish

Sawfishes, shark -like rays with long toothed snouts, face greater risk of extinction than any other family of marine fish. The Bahamas and the United States may be the last remaining refuges  for the Critically Endangered Smalltooth Sawfish. In 2017, the IUCN Shark Specialist Group identified the wider Caribbean region as one of four priority areas that could serve as “beacons of hope”  for  sawfish. In The Bahamas the Andros West Side National Park  is  critical to the survival of this endangered species Smalltooth Sawfish are found in shallow nearshore waters, and are particularly associated  with mangroves and muddy sandy...
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The 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count in The Bahamas

[The 119th Annual Christmas Bird Count in The Bahamas] Green Heron, Nassau, The Bahamas[/caption] Between December 14 and January 5 participants in The Bahamas took part in the world’s longest-running wildlife census, the Christmas Bird Count , which contributes invaluable data to bird population research. Bahamian Volunteers joined tens of thousands of bird-loving volunteers in counts across the Western Hemisphere.  The data collected by participants continues to contribute to one of only two large existing pools of information notifying ornithologists and conservation biologists about what conservation action is required to protect birds and the places they need. The Christmas Bird...
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The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park : Then and Now

  The initiative for setting aside islands in the Exumas for conservation began with Colonel Ilia Tolstoy, grandson of Leo Tolstoy, who had first visited The Bahamas in 1931. In 1953, he began a discussion of establishing Bahamian protected areas with Richard Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and founder of the Nature Conservancy.  This began a dialog that crossed the Atlantic to the Director of Great Britain’s Nature Conservancy , then back to the Right Honourable,  Earl of Ranfurly, Governor of The Bahamas, and the Honourable K.M. Walmsley, Colonial Secretary.  Finally in Ilia’s own...
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A Guided Shark Tour in the ECLSP with Guest On Board the Lady J

A pristine and picturesque morning calm greeted me as I sipped my coffee waiting to commence our underwater adventure in Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. Warderick Wells is the perfect base of operations located near the center of the 176 square mile national park system of ECLSP the oldest marine park in the world, providing easy access to some of the most vibrant and exciting dive locations found anywhere in the Bahamas. The agenda for the morning was our famous shark dive at “Danger Reef”. The guests from the Motor Yacht Lady J, had stopped by the dive location...
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