In-person events, for schools and the general public, are the best way to make a direct connection and share the wonders of local wildlife. To find out more about these events, or to schedule an event at your school or organization, contact us. Events that are open to the public are noted as such.
October 28th-November 1st: Wildlife presentations for 14 school classes in Sint Maarten
PUBLIC EVENT: December 7th, 2013 – Birds and Bugs. This event will give residents and tourists the chance to learn more about the birds and invertebrates of St. Martin. Full details to follow.
PUBLIC EVENT: April 2013 – Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. This festival celebrates the birds on St. Martin that are found only in the Caribbean. Full details to follow.
October 17th-18th, 2013: Rencontres partenariales pour le développement touristique
des Iles du Nord de la Caraïbe. We will be participating in the panel discussion regarding the development of natural and cultural heritage tourism on St. Martin.
PUBLIC EVENT: September 29th, 2013 – 8-10am – Cul-de-Sac: Join us at the discovery trail through the mangroves of Étang de la Barrière beside the Pinel ferry dock in Cul-de-Sac for a bird walk. Part of the festivities for International Migratory Bird Day, we will offer guided tours of the trail and a chance to see many migratory shorebirds who have recently come down from North America. Free! See press about the event on our press page, or see photos from the event here, here and here.
September 25-27, 2013 – St. Eustatius: Presenting at the Statia Sustainable Conference and Exhibition, the subject of my presentation will be Wildlife and Water: Development Risks and Tourism Opportunities. Registration for the conference is open. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Read about the conference here.
September 21st, 2013 – Seaside Nature Park: Wildlife photograph and scrub ecosystem workshop for the Be The Change SXM/Nature Foundation SXM program.
September 18th, 2013 – Port de Plaisance: Wildlife census workshop, censusing native and introduced Anolis lizards for the Be The Change SXM/Nature Foundation SXM program. Read about it here.
September 14th, 2013 – Loterie Farm: Interpretive guiding and broadleaf forest ecosystem workshop for the Be The Change SXM/Nature Foundation SXM program. We found a new animal on the island during this workshop.
September 11th, 2013 – Nature Foundation SXM: Presentation and workshop for the Be The Change SXM/Nature Foundation SXM program.
September 4th, 2013 – Nature Foundation SXM: Kickoff meeting and presentation on terrestrial wildlife for the Be The Change SXM/Nature Foundation SXM program.
July 2013 – Grenada: Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds: In Print, Online and In-person: A Three-pronged Approach to Wildlife Education and Outreach.
PUBLIC EVENT: July 23rd, 2013 6-8pm – Philipsburg Jubilee Library: The St. Martin/Sint Maarten book launch. This event will celebrate the launch of the all-new second edition of the wildlife guide. There will be a short slideshow presentation about the wildlife of St. Martin and the making of the book, books will be available for sale and signing and there will be refreshments. See photos from the book launch here.
June 21th, 2013: Nature walk on Pinel Island with Sister Regina Primary School.See photos of the excursion here.
PUBLIC EVENT: June 1st, 2013 – 11am-12:30pm – University of St. Martin, Philipsburg: Mark Yokoyama will be conducting a workshop, Wildlife Beats: The Rhythms of Nature in St. Martin, as part of the 2013 St. Martin Book Fair. This event is open to the public and persons of all ages are invited to attend. For a description of the workshop, take a look here. For more information about the Book Fair, follow them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stmartin.bookfair Photos and recap here.
May 30th, 2013: Presentation at Sister Regina School in Simpson Bay. Photos and information here.
May 21st, 2013: Presentation about the interactions between plants and animals with the third grade class at Caribbean International Academy.
PUBLIC EVENT: May 18th, 2013 – 9am-10am – Parking lot of the post office in Grand Case: I will be doing a bird walk on behalf of Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) as part of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. Endemic means being unique to a specific place. Although there are no birds that are found only on St. Martin, the island is home to a number of species and subspecies that are found only in the Caribbean or only in our part of the Caribbean. On the walk, we will see a number of these birds. The walk is free and open to the public. Shoes and sunscreen are recommended. The walk will be from the post office parking lot in Grand Case to Happy Bay and back.
May 16th, 2013: Presentation at Sister Marie Laurence Primary School