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21
Jun

Andros: Working to Save a Critically Endangered Endemic “The Bahama Oriole”

  Andros is an amazing archipelago of islands and supports a rich biodiversity. It is also home to five of our 32 national parks including the largest national park in The Bahamas, the 1.2 million acres West Side national park. Of the four endemic species of birds found on Andros, The Bahama Oriole is probably the most fascinating. Found only on the island of Andros, this species is the most critically endangered oriole in the West Indies with an estimated population less than 300 birds. On June 8th, 2018, BNT Science Officer Scott Johnson, went to Andros to spend a...
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05
Jun

World Environment Day – June 5 – If you can’t Reuse it, Refuse it

“Beat Plastic Pollution “, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time.  The theme invites us to consider how we can make changes in our lives to reduce the burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health.   The theme could not be more appropriate for The Bahamas, as Environment and Housing Minister Romauld Ferreira officially announced on April 24th his ministry’s initiative to ban single-use plastics and Styrofoam in the country by January 1, 2020 – a...
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03
May

Why hasn’t the Bahama Bananaquit 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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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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