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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.


 

It Rains Fishes Restaurant Goes Indonesian with Toko Bali Buffet Night

It Rains Fishes Restaurant’s special Toko Bali Buffet Night.

On March 29, 2017, there will be a very special opportunity to enjoy real Indonesian food in a waterfront setting, when It Rains Fishes presents their Toko Bali Buffet Night.

What’s on the buffet for Toko Bali Night?

With two seatings (6:00 PM and 8:30 PM), everyone can enjoy the magical carpet ride to half-way around the world with the following menu items:

  • Daging Rendang
  • Ajam Opor
  • Babi Kecap
  • Sate Ajam
  • Sate Kambing
  • Dische Babi Pangang
  • Pepesan
  • Indische Foe Yong Hai
  • Tahu Telor
  • Sambal Goring Boontjes
  • Gado Gado
  • Nasi Putih
  • Bami Goreng
  • Nasi
  • Krupuk
  • Emping
  • Seroendenig
  • Atjar Tjampur
  • Konkommer Zuur

So who is preparing this sumptuous Indonesian feast?

Tino Exposito grew up in the kitchen, and his Indonesian origins have taught him that consuming a meal together, brings people together and creates moments of happiness.
Indonesian culture is one of socializing with family and friends, with food always being central. The recipes that Chef Exposito will prepare date back to his own grandmother, when as a young boy, he looked in all the pots and tasted everything his grandmother cooked.  With such hands-on training, he studiously remembered all the different flavors.

Now, for this special event on March 29th, Chef Exposito will transform It Rains Fishes into an Indonesian restaurant and together with the restaurant’s own Chef Giovanni, they will lead you through the mouthwatering Indonesian rice table.

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Cost is only $29.50 per person, but advance reservations are strongly recommended.  To make a reservation, telephone It Rains Fishes at 717-8780.

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(Source:  It Rains Fishes Restaurant)

 

 

 

 

Eat ‘Til You’re Full at Taste of Bonaire, Walk it Off on a Full Moon Hike

Taste of Bonaire and a full moon hike top the charts for weekend events.

This week has two ever-popular events, and they are timed just right!  On Saturday evening, be in Wilhelmina Park for the Bon Topa (Let’s Meet) Edition of Taste of Bonaire, from 6:30 PM until 11:00 PM.  On Sunday, get in some healthy exercise with STINAPA’s Full Moon Hike of the Lagadishi Trail.

Ban Topa (Let’s Meet) Edition of Taste of Bonaire in Wilhelmina Park.

This is a very special Taste of Bonaire because anyone attending will have the opportunity to provide Bonaire’s tourism office with their ideas and feedback on a special survey about the future of Bonaire’s tourism and the island’s tourism strategic plan.

Music, performances, arts and crafts, and food.

But of course, there will be music, dancing, arts and crafts stall to peruse, and the main event, food!  Both local and international foods can be sampled while enjoying music from
Grupo Kariño, FMK Formashon Musical Krioyo, and Projekto 2000.

Special performances and a new debut single by Jeon.

There will be performances from the Dominican Dancers, local dance artist Semi Marten–together with her dance partner from Curacao– and, direct from Aruba, we’ll be enjoying Jeon (Biggy Boy). At this special event, Jeon will also debut a new single dedicated to Bonaire.

Full moon hike of Washington Park’s Lagadishi Trail.

And, should you overindulge in all of the great variety of foods on Saturday evening, STINAPA gives you the opportunity to walk off those extra calories on their Full Moon Hike of the Lagadishi Trail in Washington Park on Sunday, March 12th, 2017 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

What you’ll see on the Lagadishi Trail.

Full moon hike on the lagadishi trail.The Lagadishi Trail takes one along the windward coast and back. You’ll see a limestone plateau that provides a complete spectrum of Bonairean windward scenery: historic sites, xerophytic vegetation (plants such as cactus, which are adapted to dry habitat), sand dunes, mangroves, a salt pan (a shallow seawater lake, which evaporates seasonally leaving a residue of salt), blowholes, and a true oceanic beach are some of the components of this trail. Flamingos are frequently seen in the salt pan. Interpretative signs are provided on this trail.

Items to bring on the trail.

Don’t forget to put on some walking shoes that are comfortable. Bring a flashlight along, because even if it is full moon you do want to see what’s on the ground right in front of you, as you don’t want to hit your toes against rocks or even cacti. Don’t forget to bring your own bottle of water and snacks if necessary.

Register your participation.

To participate, please call STINAPA at 717-8444 before 4:00 PM today. There is space for 25 people, and the entrance fee is $10 per person.  Meet at the entrance to Washington Slagbaai National Park at 5:00 PM.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

(Source:  TCB, STINAPA)

 

 

 

Video and Photo Gallery of Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017

Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017.

This past weekend took its toll on a lot of folks here on Bonaire–at least those who were dancing down the long Carnival parade route from about 2:00 PM until past 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, those who where on the sidelines sat back and enjoyed the show!

Costumes glittered and gleamed.

Costumes were indeed extravagant, colorful, with lots of feathers, sequins, and other glittering items. Headdresses were so voluminous that one wonders how the wearers manage to keep their heads up straight!

Each Carnival group has a theme.

A variety of Carnival (Karnaval in Papiamentu) groups offered a fun display of themes: There were creatures from under the sea, celestial bodies and the signs of the zodiac, and even a bunch of construction workers who were spreading “asphalt” to fill all the holes in Bonaire’s roads (something truly needed on Bonaire these days!).

Two more Carnival events before the season closes.

There’s only two more events before the Carnival season ends:  Tonight will be a replay of the Children’s Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and tomorrow a replay of the Grand Carnival, starting at 7:00 PM, and ending at midnight with the burning of King Momo.

Video of Sunday’s parade.

If you couldn’t see it live, sit back and enjoy this video and the photo gallery following.

 

Photo Gallery of Sunday’s parade.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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)

 

 

The Children’s Carnival (Karnaval) Was a Glitzy Pageant of Color and Energy

Bonaire’s Children’s Carnival was in Rincon on Saturday and Kralendijk on Sunday.

Bonaire's Children Carnival 2017This past weekend, over 300 of Bonaire’s youth kept the older population entertained when they performed in the 2017 edition of the Bonaire Youth Carnival Parade in Rincon on Saturday and in Kralendijk on Sunday.

The children were in six themed groups and exhibited a lot of youthful energy as they danced down the street.

Watch the largest group with 125 youth!

 

A variety of themes were represented in the Children’s Carnival–we had U.S. military personnel in the Army For Peace, navy, butterflies, ballerinas, and even belly-dancers!

Upcoming Carnival Events for the next week.

Bonaire's Children Karnaval 2017For those who haven’t yet observed the many Bonaire Carnival events, the next events will take place on Friday, February 24th, 2017, when there will be the school parade, the teener parade, and even the adults get into the early action with the elderly parade.

Then, next Saturday in Rincon, and next Sunday in Kralendijk, the adults will get to strut their stuff and see if they can out-do the kids when the Grand Carnival Parades take place.

Photo Gallery of Children’s Carnival.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

It’s Carnival Time! Or, As It’s Said On Bonaire, Karnaval!

Bonaire’s Karnaval 2017 (Carnival) is in full swing.

February is always the time of Karnaval, and there are myriad events to enjoy for those visitors on Bonaire in the coming days.

Bonaire's Karnaval (Carnival) Parades are bright with festive costumes!

Here is a schedule of upcoming events.

Balloon Parade SHIEF

February 17th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM; San Bernardo School – Kaya Libertador – Kaya
Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – San Bernardo School.

Jump-In Radio Live 99

February 17th; Chippie Bonaire Super Store

Karnaval Kids Parade Rincon

February 18th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Soccer field entrance of Rincon – Kaya Miguel Pourier – Kaya Commerce – Kaya E.B. Sint Jago – Kaya Leucadio Marino Pourier – Kaya Hubentut – Kaya Luis Pourier – Rincon Stadium.

Karnaval Kids Parade Kralendijk

February 19th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Church Traffic circle – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abrraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

School Parade

February 24th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon; Stadium Kralendijk – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya General C. M. P. Piar – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

The Grand Karnaval (Carnival) Parades are performed in both Rincon and Kralendijk.

Elderly Parade

February 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Kaya Soeur Bartola – Kaya General C. M. Piar – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Soeur Bartola.

Teener Parade

February 24th, 8:00 to 11:00 AM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic Circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes Stadium Kralendijk.

Grand Parade Rincon

February 25th, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, Soccer field entrance of Rincon – Kaya Miguel Pourier –Kaya Commerce – Kaya E.B. Sint Jago – Kaya Leucadio Marino Pourier – Kaya C.D. Cristian – Kaya Commerce (again)  – Kaya Miguel Pourier (again) – Kaya Hubentut – Kaya Luis Pourier – Rincon Stadium.

Everyone has fun at Bonaire's Grand Karnaval (Carnival) ParadeGrand Parade Kralendijk

February 26th, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Church Traffic Circle – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abrraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko- Van Den Tweel Supermarket.

Final Kids Parade

February 27th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Stadium Kralendijk – Traffic Circle Sabana – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic Circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

Maskarade Party

February 27th, time to be determined, Kura Cocari, Rincon.

Final Adults Parade with the Burning of King Momo

February 28th, 7:00 PM to Midnight, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

Be sure to enjoy these fun Bonaire Karnaval events!

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  TCB)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition is Saturday, February 4, 2017

Save the date for 2017’s first Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The popular Taste of Bonaire events will start early this year, with a new Carnival Edition taking place in Wilhelmina Park on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

This event’s program is sure to please, it’s filled with music and shows.  Of course, the food stands will be highlighting Bonaire’s local and international foods, and there will be arts and crafts to peruse as well.

Entertainment will be provided by Grupo ESO, Projekto 2000, Steelband Silver Bullets, and Bonazamba will be performing.

Of special note, this year’s Queen of Carnival 2017 will be presented, and the Prins & Pancho which will be giving their Carnival show.

Be sure to come out and enjoy the evening filled with great cameraderie, music, food, and celebration!

(Source:  TCB)

 

 

 

 

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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