Beyond a Drought

Why is it so dry right now on St. Martin? The answer is pretty pretty complex, and a bit scary, too. For starters, spring is the dry season. This time of year, the island is usually as dry as it gets. That’s why people go camping on Easter and why you should never schedule an …

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New Signs and New Stories at Amuseum Naturalis

In the last few months, Amuseum Naturalis has added over 60 educational signs and panels. The new signs tell a wide variety of stories about the island’s nature and heritage. The bilingual signage was created and installed by the Les Fruits de Mer association, with funding from France’s Fonds pour le Développement de la Vie …

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Rice and Peas

The combination of rice and peas or beans is loved all over the Caribbean and has many variations. What are the roots of rice and peas on St. Martin, and why is this dish so popular? In St. Martin and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean, the Pigeon Pea (Cajanus cajan) is typically used in …

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Dream Team of Volunteers Shares Local Heritage at Endemic Animal Festival

A great team of 45 volunteers came together on Sunday to host the Endemic Animal Festival. The event is a showcase for the animals that live only on St. Martin. This year, the festival used the theme Survivors to celebrate many different aspects of local heritage and culture. “In six years of hosting this event, …

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EAF 2019: Photos!

Endemic Animal Festival 2019 was a blast and we had an amazing team of volunteers. Check out some photos from the event!

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Survivors

Nature on St. Martin is precious. It’s precious because it’s unique. It’s precious because it lives on through drought and hurricane. It’s precious because it protects us from floods and landslides. It’s precious because it is the natural heritage of everyone on the island. It’s precious because there isn’t so much of it left. It’s …

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Free Festival Celebrates Local Animals and More This Sunday

The Les Fruits de Mer association welcomes everyone to the 6th annual Endemic Animal Festival this Sunday, April 28th from 9am to noon. The free festival will be held at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House in French Quarter. The event celebrates the animals that live only on St. Martin, with special exhibits and fun …

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Thank You 2019 EAF Sponsors!

Sponsorship is what makes the Endemic Animal Festival possible. We are able to create and share great exhibits and activities with the public for free, thanks to the local businesses that contribute to this event. We hope you support them! 2019 Gold Sponsor Delta Petroleum Founded in 1985, Delta serves the Caribbean with superior performance …

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Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Takes Aim at Plastic Pollution

Every spring, groups on islands all over the Caribbean celebrate the birds that live only in the region. These events are all part of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival, organized by BirdsCaribbean. This year, the theme of the festival is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution. “Plastic pollution is a global problem, and …

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Caribbean Cool

Traditional Caribbean houses were designed to stay cool in the tropical heat. There was no air conditioning, so builders used wind, shade and stone to make houses cool. The location of a home, the direction it faced and what was built around it could all make a difference. There were also many design elements that …

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