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Stories Around The Parks
03
May

Our 7th Endemic Bird: The Bahamian Bananaquit? Not Quite ! Why hasn’t the Banaquit been elevated to full species status? By Scott Johnson

    Bananaquit: The West Indian region is one of the most biologically diverse places on earth and is home to a wide variety of birds, 173 of which are endemic to the region. These birds are unique treasures found nowhere else on earth. In The Bahamas, we currently have six confirmed endemic birds (Bahama Woodstar, Bahama Warbler, Bahama Oriole, Bahama Swallow, Bahama Yellowthroat, and Inagua Woodstar). There are, however, several more birds that, in my opinion, warrant full species status. We currently have more than 20 native birds which are endemic sub-species to The Bahamas.  Research on some of...
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29
Mar

Inagua: Truly the Bahamas’ Best Kept Secret

    220,000 acres.  That’s the size of the Bahamas National Trust’s Inagua National Park.  Like me you’ve probably heard of it, and you’ve probably heard of it in relation to the West Indian Flamingo population (the park is the largest breeding ground in the world for these Flamingos).  Other than that I’m guessing that, like me, you knew very little about the park’s history and how significant the park has been to the conservation of the flamingo population.  Like me, you probably thought of a lush green landscape with flamingos at every turn or strolling on a white sand...
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26
Mar

Volunteerism: The Key to Pollution-In-Parks | Bahamas National Trust

Volunteerism: The Key to Pollution-In-Parks By Steffon Evans Outreach Officer for Bahamas National Trust   Every year, over 500 members of the community extend the arms of the BNT’s reach through meaningful service – sharing with this great organization the stance that our Bahamian environment needs to be protected. While these capacities go from leading nature tours to filing important paperwork, without a doubt every single volunteering moment is a precious commodity to our BNT family.   On January 18-19, participants of the Governor General’s Youth Award (GGYA) took on the awesome task of volunteering with us to help remove...
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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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