Rapid Assessment

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we document biodiversity in St. Martin. I recently did a rapid assessment of biodiversity at two sites on St. Martin. Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is restoring habitat there—planting native trees to make the sites better for local plants and …

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The Birds of Independence Square

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we find plenty of life in a busy urban park. Nature and civilization are two ideas that seem like opposites. There is a lot of difference between the wildest parts of the world and the most urban. Remote mountaintops are quite …

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The Lonely Colony

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we investigate the nest of a lone pair of birds on St. Kitts. Visiting the one of the salt ponds on the southern peninsula of St. Kitts, I happened upon a pair of Least Terns and their nest. In typical Least …

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The Lizard That Wasn’t There

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we don’t find a gecko on St. Kitts and Nevis. There’s no eureka moment when you go into the wild and don’t find something. No lightbulb flashes on. It’s more like mood lighting. Each time you don’t see it, an idea …

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The Lizard That Wasn’t There

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we don’t find a gecko on St. Kitts and Nevis. There’s no eureka moment when you go into the wild and don’t find something. No lightbulb flashes on. It’s more like mood lighting. Each time you don’t see it, an idea …

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Sharing Catalina’s Story

Les Fruits de Mer President Jenn Yerkes showcased early Caribbean naturalist Catalina de Ayahibex in her presentation at the 27th Congress of the International Association for Caribbean Archaeology in St. Croix in July. Her paper about this groundbreaking Amerindian plant expert will be published in the proceedings from the meeting. Jenn first discovered Catalina when …

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Tiny Terrors

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we discover some of the smallest scary beasts on St. Kitts and Nevis. In the wild and diverse tree of life, we often imagine ourselves at the top. Fair or not, we do have incredible power to shape the world. Beside …

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Reaching People: A Writing Workshop in Cuba

What’s a Whimbrel? Where’s the Atlantic Flyway? Bird lovers may know, but the rest of us don’t! At BirdsCaribbean’s 21st international conference in Cuba, Mark Yokoyama led a writing workshop, Reaching People. The goal? Helping scientists write about birds in language that anyone can understand. Most people like birds. Sadly, many people writing about birds …

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Mapping an Invasion

Get an inside look at science as it happens in the Caribbean. This week we watch a frog invade St. Kitts. For a long time, it was very hard for a frog to cross the sea. A lizard can cling to a fallen tree and drift to the next island—not easy, but not impossible. For …

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Les Fruits de Mer Present at International Bird Conference in Cuba

Over 200 scientists, teachers and conservationists came together in Cuba this month at BirdsCaribbean’s 21st International Conference. Held every two years, it is the only time when this far-flung community has a chance to work face-to-face to improve how birds are studied and protected. The event included nearly 150 presentations and workshops over five days. …

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