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Bonaire’s Royals Get Ready for Babies

Springtime heralds the breeding season for Bonaire’s terns.

Love is in the air, but no, we are not discussing whether Bonaire’s Royals, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima, are expecting!  Instead, we are referring to Bonaire’s Royal Terns, as well as other species of terns found on Bonaire.

Springtime on Bonaire, as in many other locations around the world, signals the breeding season for many animals.  Bonaire’s population of terns, usually made up of Royal Terns, Caspian Terns, Least Terns, or Common Terns, and occasionally other species of terns, are also feeling the urge to propagate their species.

On a recent birding excursion to Bonaire’s south leeward coast, I was surprised to see a large number of terns and laughing gulls on a very small piece of dry real estate, just off the side of the road.  There were so many seabirds on such a small islet,  I had to stop to take a longer look.

Tern courtship includes offerings of fish, dancing, and posturing.

Much to my surprise, I found some real courtship behavior in full swing.  The first behavior which caught my attention was the offerings of very fine fish dinners.

Courtship feeding is frequently seen in terns. For instance, in an effort to lure females to their territories in the nesting area, a male tern may carry a fish around the breeding colony and display it to prospective mates. After a pair bond is formed, during the “honeymoon period” the male tern can actually feed the female, and soon thereafter they begin to copulate.

As I watched, I saw many examples of fish being offered, always proffered with the fish crosswise in the mouth, but the females seemed to be playing hard to get, with all offerings ignored.  In some cases, the male would fly off to another female on the islet to see if he could find a more willing prospective mate.

The size of the proffered fish might be a determining factor as to whether the female accepts the food or not.  In an older study of Royal Terns in another location than Bonaire, on 23 occasions in which the female accepted the food, the proffered fish was 7 cm. in length or longer.  In seven refusals of food, the fish was only 5 cm in length or smaller and very slender. This leads to speculation that the function of courtship feeding may give the females the opportunity to assess potential mates as future providers for chicks.

Males were busy with other courtship displays, including some high-stepping “Happy Feet” dancing in front of females, as well as unmistakable posturing of the male, with his neck extended and slightly back, and with the bends of the wings out like a skirt.

I was enthralled by the show these seabirds were putting on for me, and several other cars with visitors pulled off to the side of road and joined me in watching.  It should be said that any time you are observing nesting birds on Bonaire, it is best to keep your distance and use a spotting scope or binoculars.  This is for the safety of the future chicks, as, should your motions scare the nesting female off the nest, the egg could be preyed upon, or even over heat and cook under Bonaire’s sun.

However, after about an hour, in which I did not see one female accept an offer of food, I continued on my way.

New chicks are on the way.

Terns on Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean) exhibiting courtship behavior (copulation)

But I was curious to see what the outcome would be, so I visited the islet again the next day.  Although about 30% less populated, those remaining were very busy with some real courtship!  It seems the females’ defenses came down within those 24 hours, and copulation was repeatedly occurring.  When looking closer through binoculars, I could already see some eggs laid in the nesting colony, so we should expect to see some tern chicks in coming days.Terns on Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean) exhibiting courtship behavior (nesting)

So what is the moral of this story?  I would normally encourage everyone to stop and smell the roses, but since roses are not common on Bonaire, I will instead encourage everyone to stop and watch the terns courting!  Keep your eyes open whenever you are driving around Bonaire as you never know what royal experience you may encounter in Bonaire’s nature.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter, Stanford University, Searchable Ornithological Research Archive – UNM)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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Upcoming STINAPA Events, including Birding on Global Big Day

Upcoming STINAPA events include bird-watching on Global Big Day and a sunrise climb of Brandaris, Bonaire’s highest point.

This Saturday, May 13th, 2017, is Global Big Day, one of the biggest birding events of all year. The event includes 150 countries. 17,000 birders. 60% of the world’s bird species. Are you ready to have fun on Global Big Day? Every bird counts. Be a part of it by joining STINAPA for a fabulous birding opportunity, as many migrating birds are on Bonaire right now and are decked out in fabulous breeding plumage.

The mission of Global Big Day.

The goal of Global Big Day is to find as many species as possible in one day. If you like birds, this is a fun event for the whole family and it doesn’t matter if you are a beginning birder or an expert birder, a kid or adult.

Reserve your spot; where to meet.

If you’re interesting in joining, meet at the Toeloei Domacasse public park on the waterfront boulevard. STINAPA will have multiple staff members leading groups to different areas around Bonaire in search of as many birds as possible.  If you would like to join, reserve your spot by telephoning 717-8444, as space is limited. There is no charge for participation but donations are always welcome.

What to bring.

You may need to drive your own vehicle (if the STINAPA vehicles are full). Bring your own binoculars if you have them. STINAPA will submit the joint birding lists to eBird and see how Bonaire did compared to the rest of the world. If you can’t join but still wish to contribute, make a list of any birds you see on Saturday May 13th and submit it to eBirds.

Hike to Bonaire’s highest point, Brandaris, on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Most people never have the opportunity to see Washington Slagbaai National Park at sunrise but this Sunday there is the perfect opportunity, as STINAPA will host another climb of Brandaris on Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Pre-registration is necessary, entry fee, meeting spot.

There is space for 20 participants. Secure your spot and register by calling 717-8444 (registration is required for participation); the entry fee is $10.00. Participants must Arrange their own transport to and within the park. Be at the entrance the park before 5:30 AM, as the hike will begin on time.

What to wear, what to bring, good fitness is important.

A good physical condition is important and children 10 years and up may participate only if accompanied by an adult. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes, and bring your own water and a snack and don’t forget to bring a flashlight. Part of the ascent will be before sunrise, and in the dark, so make sure you have a working light.

Part of the hike is quite a clamber toward the top, but once your reach it the views are spectacular! Everyone will be back at the park entrance around 8:30 AM.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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Weekend Events Include Birding at Lac and the Annual Jong Bonaire Fun Walk

Weekend events include birdwatching at Lac and the Jong Bonaire Fun Walk.

There are so many weekend events on Bonaire these days, that one can stay constantly busy. This weekend, enjoy a birding event at Lac Bay, hosted by STINAPA, as well as the annual Jong Bonaire Fun Walk.

Birding at Lac.

On Saturday, March 25th from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM, STINAPA is offering a guided birdwatching activity at Sorobon at Lac Bay.

It’s seasonal migration time for birding on Bonaire.

reddish egret hunting in the shallows on BonaireMarch and April are exciting months for birders on Bonaire, because many birds are stopping over during their seasonal migrations. This weekend’s excursion will depart from fishermen’s pier at Sorobon, and this event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Bonaire’s birds. STINAPA staff will meet you there with binoculars and bird id guides (if you have your own binoculars, please bring them). This activity is free-of-charge, but donations are always welcome. Group size is limited 15 people, so you must register by Friday afternoon by calling STINAPA at 717-8444.

Jong Bonaire’s annual Fun Walk gives some quality fitness time as well as fun.

2017 is the ninth consecutive year that Jong Bonaire hosts its fundraising Fun Walk (and Bike) event, and it’s this Sunday, March 26th, 2017.

When, where and how to join?

routes of the 2017 Jong Bonaire fun walkStarting time is an early 6:00 AM, but it’s much cooler than later in the day.  There are two routes, both starting and finishing at Jong Bonaire, the shorter route is 20 km, the longer route is 37 km.  Tickets are available at Jong Bonaire, and the entry fee of $10.00 per person ($6.00 for kids under 12) includes an event t-shirt, water bottle, drinks, lunch, and fruit.  What a deal!

The planned routes:

Jong Bonaire, Kaya Simon Bolivar, Abraham Boulevard, Kaya International (to Belnem), Kaya Statius van Eps, Kaminda Sorobon, Kaya Nikiboko Zuid, Kaya Betico Croes, Kaya Simon Bolivar, Jong Bonaire.

Bikes can follow the long southern route and join in at Sorobon.

 

Enjoy your weekend on Bonaire, no matter what you do!

(Sources:  STINAPA, Jong Bonaire)

 


Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer.  She also enjoys writing on The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.


 

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Upcoming Nature Events with Washington Park Hike and Reef Fish Identification

Washington Park Hike and Reef Fish Identification Course offer fun and education.

Hiking in Washington Park on Sunday, February 26th, 2017.

Join STINAPA on Sunday February 26th at 7:00 AM for a Mondi Sùit Hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park. Participants will meet at the park entrance at 7:00 AM.

What will I see?

Hiking in Washington Park, Bonaire

Hiking in Washington Park

This will be a hike of approximately 6 km/3.75 mile, and is rated as an easy hike. It’s also a hotspot for bird-watching. During the hike, participants will have a view of Boka Chikitu and Seru Grandi. You will also pass alongside Saliña Matijs, which many times provides views of Bonaire’s flamingos.

How do I register?

If you would like to participate, please call STINAPA at 717-8444 to reserve your spot. There is space for only 25 people and the participation fee is $10.00 per person. Remember to wear good hiking shoes and a hat, wear sunscreen, and bring your water bottle.


Reef Fish Identification at CIEE on March 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th, 2017.

Each year, CIEE offers a fun and educational lecture series on Reef Fish Identification, and it is especially suited for divers and snorkelers who want to gain a better knowledge of all those fish they see while enjoying Bonaire’s reefs.

Reef Fish Identification Course

Slender File Fish

This is a four-part lecture series taking place at 6:30 PM on March 6th, 13th, 20th, and March 27, 2017. CIEE lectures are held at their headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26. All presentations are free, and many fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive with plenty of time.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  STINAPA and CIEE)

 

 

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Upcoming Bonaire Birding Events in February, 2017

Bonaire Birding Events for February.

This month there are a number of great birding events on Bonaire.  If you’ve never considered birdwatching while visiting Bonaire, this month’s events might just convince you to try it out.

The Great Backyard Bird Count February 17-20.

Birding locations from around the world from the Great Backyard Bird Count 2016.

Birding locations from around the world from the Great Backyard Bird Count 2016. Image copyright GBBC, used with permission.

Each year in February, birders, along with those who want to give it a try, join in together from locations around the world to spend some time in their backyards, a resort’s garden, or really anywhere, to see just how many birds they can count and identify.  This year’s census will run from February 17th through 20th and will create a real-time snapshot of where birds are.

Visitors to Bonaire, and residents alike, are all invited to join in, as Bonaire enjoys an enviable amount of bird species, especially during the winter, when migratory species can be found as well.

Tallying your birds is easy with eBird.

Tallying your birds is very easy with eBird, an application by Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology.  Here’s all you have to do:

1. Register for the count or use your existing login name and password. If you have never participated in the Great Backyard Bird Count or any other Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you’ll need to create a new account. If you already created an account for last year’s GBBC, or if you’re already registered with eBird or another Cornell Lab citizen-science project, you can use your existing login information.

2. Count birds for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the GBBC. You can count for longer than that if you wish! Count birds in as many places and on as many days as you like—one day, two days, or all four days. Submit a separate checklist for each new day, for each new location, or for the same location if you counted at a different time of day. Estimate the number of individuals of each species you saw during your count period.

3. Enter your results on the GBBC website by clicking “Submit Observations” on the home page. Or download the free eBird Mobile app to enter data on a mobile device. If you already participate in the eBird citizen-science project, please use eBird to submit your sightings during the GBBC. Your checklists will count toward the GBBC.

There’s even a photo contest for the photographers visiting Bonaire.  Lots of tools and additional information for identifying birds can be found at the GBBC website.

Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird, commonly seen on Bonaire.

Blue-tailed Emerald Hummingbird, commonly seen in backyards on Bonaire.

Get a starter course with STINAPA biologist, Caren Eckrich.

To make it even easier to participate, join STINAPA biologist, Caren Eckrich, for a short presentation on how to participate in the count.  This lecture will also help you improve your backyard birding skills.  Caren is an engaging speaker, and you won’t even realize how much you are learning, just because you will be having so much fun! Join Caren at CIEE headquarters at Kaya Gobernator N. Debrot #26 on February 14th, 2017 at 7:00 PM.

Count on your own, or count with STINAPA.

If you are not too sure of your birding skills, but would still like to participate, join STINAPA on February 17th in a Backyard Bird Count event at The Cadushi Distillery in Rincon. Everyone is welcome to participate in this try-out garden bird count from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Participants will help count the birds, can ask questions about Bonaire’s birds, and even photograph them (remember the photo contest!).  Yellow orioles, a variety of doves, vireo, and bananaquits are commonly seen at this location in Rincon. Everyone is welcome and it’s free of charge.

Birdwatching Event with STINAPA on February 18.

Groove-billed Ani, seen at LVV.

Groove-billed Ani, seen at LVV.

If you find yourself smitten with Bonaire’s feathered friends, there will be a second event sponsored by STINAPA on Saturday, February 18th, at LVV to learn more about Bonaire’s birds. LVV has a fresh water pond that is great for bird watching. This is the best site for watching a variety of birds, both resident and migratory. Some very rare species have been seen on these birding trips, and the rare Greater Ani, the Smooth-billed Ani from South America, and the Grooved-billed Ani have been recently seen and are breeding in this location.

Bring your binoculars and good shoes. If you don’t have binoculars, STINAPA has some that you may use. The event will take place from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM.  This activity is free of charge, but donations are always appreciated. Space is limited so please reserve your spot by telephoning STINAPA at 717-8444. LVV is located on Kaminda Lagun next to the wastewater treatment facility.

(Source:  STINAPA, eBird, GBBC Website, CIEE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where Have All the Parrots Gone?

Fewer parrots counted in 2017 on Bonaire.

Last Saturday morning, over fifty nature-lovers left the comfort of their warm beds in the wee hours of the morning to spread out over the northern section of Bonaire and count the island’s loras (parrots) as they left their roosts.

Vounteers take a census of Bonaire's parrot population each year.

Volunteers take a census of Bonaire’s parrot population each year.

After a season of more and heavier rains following a multi-year drought, the loras seem to have dispersed around the island, making them more difficult to find and count. During the annual parrot roost count this year, nearly 700 parrots were counted. That is fewer than in previous years, but it is not because they are not here, but rather that they may now be sleeping in locations which are more difficult to access and observe. Therefore, it is the opinion of Echo Foundation, the organizer of the lora count, that not all loras have been counted. The count takes place on the last Saturday of January every year and gives an estimate of the minimum number of parrots on the island.

Parrots heard but not seen.

Once again this year, several teams reported hearing loras or seeing them flying nearby, but not within the area that they were surveying. Two sites near residential areas which last year had nearly 300 loras each, had much less this year. In the area of Sabadeco, for example, the total number dropped from 229 to just 11! Also in the Washington Slagbaai Park, the total count has declined for the second year in a row, with this year having just over 50 birds counted. However, the Park Manager, Paulo Bertuol, suspects there may be new roosts forming and these areas will be included in the surveys next year.

17 different locations were surveyed, in addition to Washington Park.

There were roost sites included this year which haven’t been counted in many years, but which are now showing activity, proving that the loras are regularly moving around the island and periodically changing their roost location. This unpredictable behavior of the loras makes it challenging for the participating volunteers to count them each year. The staff of STINAPA counted inside the Washington Slagbaai Park. Outside the park, over 50 volunteers visited 17 different sites.

How is the census taken and the parrots counted?

The Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot on Bonaire.

The Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot on Bonaire.

The loras are counted in a simultaneous count, which requires everyone to set off in the very early morning (pre-dawn) hours to locations all over the island. As the loras wake up and depart from the tree where they’ve been sleeping, they are counted. Each lora is only counted once. By adding the numbers which have been simultaneously counted across all the sites, the organizers are able to get a sense of the minimum number of loras on the island. This annual census is important for parrot conservation on Bonaire and for protecting the Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot (Amazona barbadensis) globally.

This year’s count was the twenty-second count overall and the twelfth consecutive count. It was organized by Echo, STINAPA, and the Department of Environment and Nature of the island government. To learn more about the loras,  visit www.salbanoslora.info.

(Source:  Echo Foundation)

 

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Join Bonaire’s Annual Lora (Parrot) Count on Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Bonaire’s Annual Parrot Count is January 28th, 2017.

On the morning of Saturday, January 28th, 2017, from 5:00 AM through 9:00 AM, Echo Foundation and STINAPA will host the annual Bonaire lora (parrot) count. If you are on Bonaire on this date, the event will insure a unique, fun, and educational experience. Visitors are always welcome to join in.

Bonaire's annual parrot count is a fun, unique, and educational experience.

Bonaire’s annual parrot count is a fun, unique, and educational experience.

Why do we count Bonaire’s parrots?

The goal of the annual roost count is twofold: 1) to make the most accurate and reliable estimate of the number of wild loras on Bonaire, and 2) to help develop, promote or continue the involvement of the community in the conservation of the loras.

By knowing approximately how many parrots are on the island, it can determined how the population is doing. Information that has been gathered over the years suggests that the number of parrots on Bonaire is increasing. This is a good thing considering in most other places where they live, their numbers are declining!

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Why is the Bonaire parrot count only held one day a year?

Because the loras do not always stay in the same site to roost, it is best to count them all at the same time, hence the reason why the annual count is performed on one morning in the year. Counters need to be present at their roost site prior to sunrise in order to not disturb the animals to be counted there.

Learn how to participate with a pre-count information meeting.

If you have not participated before, never fear! There will be a pre-count meeting on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:00 PM (location TBD) to explain what it is, how it’s done, and why it is important.

Win great prizes, just by participating.

If you are on Bonaire, please consider participating in this citizen-science opportunity! However, you must be an early bird–the count gets started pre-dawn! All participants are eligible for the special raffle and will have the opportunity to win great local prizes, such as books, identification cards, t-shirts, and gift certificates!

For additional information.

Feel free to contact Echo Foundation for more information: info@echobonaire.org or visit the event Facebook page.

 

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Echo Foundation)

 

 

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Upcoming Bonaire Events Focusing Upon Nature

Learn your Bonaire shorebirds, and plant a tree!

Join STINAPA biologist Caren Eckrich and learn how to identify some of the common shorebirds.

Have you ever been driving along Bonaire’s coastline and looked at all the little white and grey birds and thought to yourself, “Gee, they all look alike!” Well, actually they don’t. Birders in-the-know have the tips and tools necessary to pinpoint the small differences that make each bird species unique.  And now, you can learn these easy tips for Bonaire shorebird identification in a free presentation by STINAPA biologist, Caren Eckrich.  She will also discuss the Caribbean Waterbird Census, in which Bonaire is an active island participant.

Tagged Ruddy TurnstoneDuring the fall, winter, and early spring months, many migratory birds can be found on Bonaire. Some of these birds are tagged, and it’s interesting to see the very long distances this small birds cover in their annual migrations.

On Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, Caren will provide a talk about how to identify the most common shorebirds found on Bonaire.  The presentation will take place at CIEE’s headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26.  Entrance is free, and everyone is welcome.


Join Echo Foundation with their third Tree-Planting Day.

Then, use your new-found knowledge to check out the shorebirds at Boka Slagbaai in Washington Park this Saturday, but only after assisting with Echo’s third Tree-Planting Day, taking place at in the park.

Last month, we highlighted the many reasons why Bonaire must be reforested. Echo is excited to announce that the second of ten reforestation sites has been completed. This work is being manged through a project that has been mandated and funded by the local island government.

This Saturday, in conjunction with the STINAPA Junior Rangers, Echo will host its third and final free-planing event for this year at Boka Slagbaai. All members of the community or visitors are welcome to participate.

 

We live by our nature. Let's work together for a sustained development of Bonaire.

We live by our nature. Let’s work together for a sustained development of Bonaire.

 

Native trees, ready for planting at Boka Slagbaai in Washington Slagbaai National Park.For this event, Echo has the lofty goal of planting 500 trees from 20 different species of native trees. The event will run from 8:00 AM through 12:00 Noon. Volunteers can meet at the entrance of the WSNP and transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site. Refreshments and snacks will also be provided for all volunteers. It is recommended that each person wear closed-toed shoes, and to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent. If you have your own gardening gloves and tools, please bring those also! In addition to planting out the trees, volunteers will be needed for watering the plants once they are in their new “homes.”

By planting native trees back into protected areas, Echo is helping to restore and protect the unique dry forest environment of Bonaire. Having more trees and a greater variety of trees is better for the animals, soil, climate and people.  And, of course, more trees mean more birds to see an identify!

(Source:  STINAPA and Echo Foundation)

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

 

 

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Join STINAPA for This Month’s Birding Excursion at LVV

There’s another opportunity to enjoy birding at Bonaire’s LVV facility this Saturday, November 19, 2016.

During the fall and winter months, Bonaire hosts many migratory birds who visit the island for either over-wintering, or as a resting spot before they continue a longer migration. Many of these special bird species can be found at Bonaire’s LVV wastewater treatment plant, as there is always a fresh water supply for them.

STINAPA will lead another birdwatching trip at LVV.

birdwatchingThis Saturday, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM, there is another opportunity for bird watching with STINAPA at this location just off Kaminda Lagoen.  Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During just the last weeks, the Southern Lapwing, Northern Waterthrush and the Sora were spotted in the area. During last month’s birding event, about 30 Yellow-billed Cuckoos were spotted.

What to bring.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have binoculars, STINAPA can provide you a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes.

Register your participation.

Please call STINAPA at 717-8444 to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. Meet the leader next to the wastewater tanks.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

 

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Bonaire’s Reforestation Efforts Are in Full Swing

Why does Bonaire need to continue reforestation efforts?

 

Many terrestrial animals, introduced to the island hundreds of years ago, consume the native plants on Bonaire. When droughts occur, as Bonaire has experienced over the last two years, the munching of the plants can far outweigh the plant’s ability to grow and develop, many times causing native plants to die, and then allowing more invasive species to take over. Over time, deforestation of the island’s natural flora can cause weather changes–making the island hotter and drier, simply exacerbating the problem. To combat this, Bonaire has been involved with reforestation efforts for several years now.

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire.

Over the past several years, STINAPA has been at the forefront of reforestation efforts on Klein Bonaire. Volunteers have worked hard, carting water to Klein Bonaire in boats to water the baby plants until they become self-sufficient. The efforts have been successful, and it is hoped that the skyline of Klein Bonaire will soon start to be higher and greener.

Reforestation on Bonaire.

But what about the main island? Here, grazing goats, pigs, and donkeys consume native plant species at an alarming rate. STINAPA has held Tree-Planting Festivals in Washington Park for several years now, and this year’s event is coming up later this month. But it’s not enough and the island needs greater efforts.

Echo Foundation and the Dry Forest.

Bonaire's lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Bonaire’s lora, the Yellow-Shouldered Amazon Parrot

Echo Foundation is well known now for its monumental efforts to help save Bonaire’s Yellow-Shouldered Amazon parrots, more commonly known locally as loras, as the species is vulnerable to poaching and habitat destruction. To assist the parrots, and also the prikichi, the Brown-Throated Parakeet found on Bonaire, Echo is doing its best to help reforest the naturally occurring Dry Forest Ecosystem on the island.

How to reforest the Dry Forest?

With a mandate, support, and funding from Bonaire’s island government, Echo has plans to accomplish this lofty goal by reforesting 20,000 trees in ten reforestation areas, from which all exotic herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) are excluded.

echo_treeplantingdayBonaire’s visitors can help with the reforestation efforts.

Now, with the rainy season upon us, Echo is actively planting the young trees it has been nurturing for some time.  On Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon, they will host a Tree Planting Day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

Join in Echo’s tree-planting day in Washington-Slagbaai National Park.

To join in and have some good, old-fashioned fun at the same time, meet at the entrance to Washington Park at 8:00 AM. Transportation will be provided from the entrance of the park to the work site, or just look for Echo’s vehicle.  Refreshments and snacks will be provided to all planters, but those participating should wear closed-toe shoes and bring sun-screen, a water bottle, and gardening tools, if you have them.

Register your participation.

Please let Echo know you will be helping out.  Simply telephone them at 785-4128 or email info@echobonaire.org.

"We live by our nature; let's work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire."

“We live by our nature; let’s work together for the sustainable development of Bonaire.”

Can’t plant, but want to know more?

For those who can’t join in the planting, but would like to know more about Bonaire’s reforestation efforts, everyone can join in a free, informative evening at CIEE on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 at 7:00 PM.  During this presentation, Quirijn Coolen (Reforestation Warden at Echo) and Johan van Blerk (Nursery Manager at Echo) will be explaining the foundation’s part in the reforestation project and provide additional information about the planning, management, and community involvement in this important project.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Echo Foundation, CIEE Bonaire)

 

 

 

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