Here are some of the photos we took in the mini-studio I set up in the classroom at Sister Marie Laurence School. As you can see, the students were able to collect quite a wide variety of insects, spiders and other invertebrates. We also learned that if you keep two spiders in the same container one might get eaten.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
Today at the Sister Marie Laurence School we tried something new. We went on a short hike near Belvedere and collected a few insects and spiders along the way. After the walk, I set up a mini photo studio in the classroom to take macro (very close-up) photos of the animals we found. I think it went really well and […]
The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is primarily nocturnal, as are many crabs, which are one of their favorite foods. They are just a couple examples of the many animals that are active at night. In fact, this bird is also known as the Crabier or Crab-eater. Many nocturnal species are unfamiliar to most people because they spend their days hiding. Between […]
Today at CIA I talked with the third grade class about the various relationships between plants and animals. Obviously, a lot of insects feed on plants, and one of the things we discussed was how various caterpillars have specific host plants, often because the plants have developed toxins and the caterpillars have developed the ability to handle specific toxins. One […]
Today I’m giving a presentation to third graders at CIA (Caribbean International Academy) about the relationships between plants and animals on St. Martin. Often insects and plants have evolved together to have both symbiotic and confrontational relationships. This photo shows an Ornate Moth feeding on nectar from a wild pea plant. Plants provide nectar for insects (and other animals) in […]
Although we saw the green-throated carib on our endemic bird walk on Saturday, we didn’t see the one that was nesting just a few meters from where we walked. Here’s a photo of the mother on her nest. We can tell it’s the mother because males don’t take care of the eggs or the chicks. This mother spent a lot […]
We had a terrific time on the endemic bird walk and saw 7 of the 8 locally-endemic species/subspecies that were on the flyer. (No kestrels this time!) One of the highlights was seeing a yellow warbler sitting on her nest. Thanks to everyone who came!
One of the things we will see on this morning’s bird walk is a large nesting colony of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets. They have been nesting on Étang de Cimetière in Grand Case for at least several years. One mangrove tree has been a particular favorite of theirs, and over the last few years it has died, […]
Today I went down to the Sister Marie Laurence Primary School to talk about the different types of habitat on St. Martin and the different animals which live in each habitat. Once again, the students were great and had lots of interesting questions. Next week I’ll be back to do a nature walk near the school and I think we’ll […]
The Carib Grackle is found in the Caribbean and parts of South America bordering the Caribbean. The subspecies found on St. Martin is only found in the northern Lesser Antilles. It’s one of the endemic birds that we are sure to see on Saturday’s bird walk. It is interesting to note, however, that this bird was first officially recorded on […]