Park Stories

Stories Around The Parks
21
Sep

The Retreat Garden – Nassau’s Hidden Gem

Written by Lynn Gape…     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...
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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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18
Sep

On the Lookout for Bahama Parrots on Nassau

We (BNT) continue to track  the Bahama Parrots on Nassau.  Although, Hurricane Irma did not directly impact New Providence, we did have gusty winds and trees were blown about and fruit may have fallen on the ground.  Bahama Parrots feed on gum elemi berries ,guineps,  palm fruits and would also be attracted to mangos and other fruits that we humans enjoy. In the past the Bahama Parrots have been seen frequently in the Eastern end of the island  but recently we assume that they have been visiting other areas as they have been conspicuously absent from the East.  Those of...
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18
Sep

They’re Back! Inagua Flamingos have returned, safe and sound.

Our Flamingos are back by Inagua BNT Warden Randolph “Casper” Burrows   It’s No Secret! Our Flamingos are Back!  BNT Warden Randolph Casper Burrows was able to travel into the Inagua National Park on Thursday, post-Irma, where he found thousands of West Indian Flamingos feeding happily on the hyper saline interior wetland known as Lake Rosa.  “ We are of course thrilled with the news,” said BNT Executive Director  Eric Carey.  “However, Hurricanes such as Irma actually make us realize how much we do not know about our flamingos.”  The Inagua Flamingos have not been banded since the late 1970’s...
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