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STINAPA Will Have a New Director at the Helm

Arjen de Wolff to begin as Director of STINAPA on September 1st, 2017.

The Board  of STINAPA Bonaire has appointed a new executive director, Arjen de Wolff. After an open and thorough procedure to fill the vacancy, Mr. de Wolff will be taking up his new tasks as of September 1, 2017.

Arjen de Wolff will begin September 1st as Director of Bonaire's STINAPAShort biography of Mr. Arjen de Wolff.

Mr. de Wolff (born in The Netherlands in 1969) has had a long and diverse career working in the governmental and public sector in various countries and regions, including the Middle-East, the Caucasus, the US, and the Dutch Antilles, with a focus on development and professionalizing governmental structures and procedures and NGO management.

Director Herman Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in Holland.

Current Executive Director, Herman Sieben, will assist with introducing Mr. de Wolff to STINAPA, stakeholders and Bonaire during a transition period. Mr. Sieben will return to the National Forests Authority in the European Netherlands later this year.

About STINAPA Bonaire.

STINAPA Bonaire is tasked with the protection and management of the Bonaire National Marine Park and Washington Slagbaai National Park. STINAPA Bonaire works to protect and manage Bonaire’s natural beauty for the people and economy of Bonaire, the conservation of endangered nature as part of the wider Caribbean ecosystem, and to provide a great experience to Bonaire’s people and visitors.

(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. 


STINAPA Connecting People with Nature Events for June, 2017

STINAPA’s June events include hiking to the top of Bonaire and enjoying Bonaire’s summer birds.

 

See sunrise from Brandaris, the highest point of Bonaire during the next hosted hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park.

Guided hikes in Washington Slagbaai National Park.

The only way to view sunrise from Brandaris is to join STINAPA on one of their sunrise hikes of Bonaire’s highest point.  The next event will be on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th, 2017, so grab the father in your life and get climbing.

The experience of sunrise (or sunset) on Brandaris is a singular experience, and one which most visitors never get to enjoy.  The hike will begin before sunrise, so participants must be at the entrance to the park before 5:00 AM.

Hiking Brandaris, the highest point of Bonaire.Space is limited and registration is necessary.

There is space for twenty participants, and pre-registration is necessary by calling STINAPA at 717-8444; the entry fee is $10.00 per person.  Participants must arrange their own transportation to and within the park.

What to bring; 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, since the climb will begin in darkness.  Plans call for everyone to be back at the park entrance about 8:30 AM.

Toward the top of Brandaris, there is a part which can be a bit of a strain, but once you reach the summit, the views of Bonaire are unforgettable.

Birdwatching with STINAPA at LVV on June 24th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.

Bonaire has an amazing diversity of birds, but many visitors do not realize it.  On June 24th, there is an excellent opportunity to go birding with STINAPA at Bonaire’s LVV facility on Kaminda Lagoen.

Rare species of birds can be spotted.

This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have been spotted in this area, such as the Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Southern Lapwing, and the Glossy Ibis. This event provides an excellent opportunity for bird photography as well.

What to bring, make a reservation.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have any, STINAPA can loan you some) and drinking water, and be sure to wear good walking shoes. Reservations are needed, so be sure to call STINAPA at 717-8444 to insure your place. There are no costs involved to participate, but donations are always welcome. Meet at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.

(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. 


Save Our Sharks Room is Launched at Washington Park’s Open House

Enjoy this year’s open house at Washington Slagbaai National Park on Sunday, June 11, 2017.

This Sunday heralds the annual open house event for Bonaire’s Washington Slagbaai National Park, and this year there is a special feature, when the new Save Our Sharks Room is launched.

Fun events will be occurring all day long throughout the park.

Washington Slagbaai National Park's Open House is June 11, 2017The park’s open house is a fun day filled with lots of events, food, and sun and sand for anyone, residents or visitors alike, to enjoy. The park is open from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM, and entrance for this very special day is free. Transportation from the entrance to Boka Slagbaai is provided at 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, with a return at 3:00 PM.

Don’t miss the grand opening of the new Save Our Sharks Room, with interactive exhibits.

At 10:00 AM, there will be a very special grand opening of STINAPA’s Save Our Sharks room, located in the park’s museum at the entrance.  Within this special room, one can discover the sharks of Bonaire, uncover fossil shark teeth in the Shark Tooth Dig, and learn about the sharks of the past, present, and future! Thanks to the generous support of the Nationale Postcode Loterij in the Netherlands, STINAPA, among others, is able to make a real difference in shark conservation in the Caribbean.

Biking, hiking, barbecue and drinks, local market, and face painting.

But events will be occurring all day long.  There’s a mountain bike race starting at 7:30 AM, a local market will be open at 8:00 AM with food and drinks, there’s hiking for both kids and adults, face painting, handicrafts, barbecue, and live local music starting at 1:00 PM.

Enjoy the day!

(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. 


Marine Species on Bonaire Which Have Protection

There are both plant and animal species on Bonaire which are protected under either international agreements or local laws.

Internationally protected marine species on Bonaire.

Download the list of protected marine species on Bonaire.

The species of marine animals that are protected are listed below and these can be important for reef fishermen to know about.

All whales, dolphins, sharks, rays, and sea turtles that may be found in the waters of Bonaire are protected by treaties (international agreements). All the soft and hard corals are also protected. In fact, the entire underwater park and all that is in it is protected, alive or dead.

Click image to download the entire list of protected marine species on Bonaire (in PDF format)

Click image to download the entire list of protected marine species on Bonaire (in PDF format)

In the underwater marine park, except for the two fish reserves, fish may be fished with traditional fishing gear. However, a number of fish and other marine animals are protected according to international and local law. Most of the mentioned fishes occur on the red list of endangered species of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). It concerns CR (critically endangered), EN (endangered) or vulnerable (VU) categories. The government is more or less obliged by the international community to protect these fishes.

Parrotfish are protected because of their ecological importance. They play a key role in the ecosystem. Parrotfish are grazers needed to keep our coral reefs free from algae. Groupers are getting rarer and are at the top of the food chain. They also have a touristic value, like the sea turtles, sharks and rays.

Lobsters are over-fished. Separate management measures are required to maintain and improve the lobster numbers. Lobsters may only be caught between 1 November and 30 April and only along the east coast between Malmok and the Willemstoren. A lobster whose head and trunk together (carapace) is less than 12 cm/4.75 inches may not be captured or killed. Also, egg-bearing lobsters must not be caught or killed, for obvious reasons. The conch (locally known as karko) is on the list because this mollusk is also over-fished.

Locally protected sea creatures

Fishes

(Provided by scientific name, Papiamentu name, Dutch name, English name)

Balistes vetula, pishiporko rabu di gai, koningstrekkervis, queen triggerfish
Dermatolepis inermis, olitu, zeebaars, marbled grouper
Epinephelus itajara, djufes, itajara, Goliath grouper, jewfish
Epinephelus striatus, jakupepu, Nassau tandbaars, Nassau grouper
Lachnolaimus maximus, hòkfes, everlipvis, hogfish
Lutjanus analis, kapitán, snapper, mutton snapper
Lutjanus cyanopterus, karaña, snapper, cubera snapper
Scaridae, gutu, papegaaivissen, parrotfishes
Thunnus obesus, buni wowo grandi, grootoogtonijn, bigeye tuna

Invertebrates

(Provided by scientific name, Papiamentu name, Dutch name, English name)

Panulirus argus, kref, kreeft, Caribbean spiny lobster
Panulirus guttatus, kref, gevlekte kreeft, spotted spiny lobster
Panulirus laevicauda, kref, kreeft, smoothtail spiny lobster

Mollusks/Seashells

Strombus gigas, karkó, grote kroonslak, queen conch

(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. 


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. 


Cargill and STINAPA Collaborate to Protect Corals Under Bonaire’s Salt Pier

Relocating corals under Bonaire’s Salt Pier.

Salt Pier’s temporary closing.

Late in March, the Bonaire Insider informed its readers of the then-impending closure of Bonaire’s Salt Pier dive site for a temporary period while Cargill made renovations to the pier.

Last week, STINAPA and a group of assistants dove tirelessly under Bonaire’s Salt Pier in an effort to mitigate potential damage to the corals in that location.

Old anchor chains were scheduled for removal, but were encrusted with live corals.

As part of the renovations for the major pier repairs, two huge 40-year-old anchor chains, both encrusted with living corals, were to be removed. Cargill requested STINAPA’s advice as to how to minimize damage, and they agreed to leave most of the old chains in place, but instead lay the new chains next to them.  In order to clear a path for the new chains, live corals and sponges had to be relocated to a safe area nearby.

Corals and sponges were relocated to nearby areas or to coral nurseries.

STINAPA relocates corals at Bonaire's Salt PierWith the expertise of Coral Restoration Foundation Bonaire and the help of number of volunteers, the STINAPA Junior Rangers, and many private sector divers, STINAPA proceeded to relocate a large number of hard corals, soft corals, and sponges, which would otherwise have faced certain death. The live corals were moved by hand while on SCUBA to nearby safe zones. For moving the larger colonies, the marine park rangers used lift bags.

A few of the corals were transported by boat to coral restoration sites at Buddy Dive and Harbour Village. In the coming months STINAPA will be monitoring the survival rate of the corals and sponges that were relocated.

(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 on The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


Upcoming Events with a Focus on Bonaire’s Nature

Bird-watching, Hiking Bonaire’s Dry Forests, and a Full Moon Hike in Washington Slagbaai National Park!

Bird-Watching with STINAPA

This Saturday afternoon, September 10th, from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, STINAPA will host another bird-watching tour at Gotomeer, near the entrance to BOPEC.

The Autumn Bird Migration

Bird migration has begun and many birds are escaping the coming winter months by migrating south to warmer regions. Many birds will be stopping-over in Bonaire en route to South America.

Venue

Gotomeer is a large saliña with an abundance of bird species. Common birds seen here include egrets, herons, terns, pelicans, plovers and sandpipers. The group will meet at the western/seaside end of Gotomeer (approximately 150 meters before the BOPEC entrance.

What to Bring

Bring binoculars (if you don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you with a pair to use), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444  to make your reservation. There are no costs involved but donations are always welcome.


Explore Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests with Echo Foundation

Bonaire’s Hidden Dry Forests

Echo Foundation offers nature hikesEcho Foundation has just announced it will host a very special walk on Saturday, September 17th at 8:00 AM.  The theme of this walk will be “Hidden Wonders of the Dry Forest.”

What to Bring

The walk will take place at Echo’s Conservation Centre on Dos Pos and will last for 1-1.5 hours.  It is an easy walk, but people should wear closed shoes or good hiking sandals, bring water, insect repellent, and sunblock. If visitors own binoculars, these are also recommended.  The Echo tour guides will have at least two pairs for sharing.  The guides will be looking to see how many different animals and birds they can find, and they will also be imparting information about Bonaire’s loras (parrots) and what Echo Foundation is doing to protect them.

Venue

Meet at the entrance to their Dos Pos kunuku location.  Parking is available at the Dos Pos windmill.  This guided walk is donation-based, please RSVP to lauren@echobonaire.org if you would like to attend.


Walking Under the Full Moon at the Washington Slagbaai National Park

Hike Under the Full Moon

STINAPA Full Moon WalkSTINAPA will host another full moon walk in Washington Slagbaai National Park on Friday, September 16th, 2016 from 5:45 PM to 9:00 PM.  It’s the perfect opportunity to take part in a healthy walk and enjoy the park at night under the full moon. The route will be the Lagadishi Trail alongside the coast and back.

What to Bring

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 won’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. For participation please call 717-8444. There is space for 25 persons. The entrance fee is $10 per person.

(Source:  Echo Foundation, STINAPA)Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

 

STINAPA Will Offer Another Bird-Watching Excursion on July 16th, 2016

spotted-sand-piperAs part of STINAPA’S Connecting People with Nature continuing education series, there is another bird-watching excursion planned for July 16th, 2016 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.

These excursions provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the great diversity of birds that we have here on Bonaire, both those which live here all year, and those which might visit during migration cycles.

This next session will be conducted at the LVV facility (Kaminda Lagoen). This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area, like the Blackbellied Whistling Duck, Southern Lapwing and the Glossy Ibis.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have some, STINAPA can lend you a pair), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444 to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. We will meet at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.

The next birdwatching excursion will be on August 13th, with the time and location being announced soon.  (Source:  STINAPA)

 

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

Learn about How Bats Help Bonaire’s Eco-Systems

batsFor many people, bats have a negative connotation.  However, here on Bonaire, we love our bats!  Bats create plant pollination, and many of them consume hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes each and every night.

Bats are the only mammal in the world that uses wings for its locomotion.  And, because bats are so important to Bonaire’s eco-systems, STINAPA will offer the opportunity to learn about just how important this animal is in a Saturday evening presentation at the STINAPA headquarters on July 9th, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. After the presentation, participants will enter a nearby cave for a first-hand demonstration on how scientific research is done on bats.

If you’d like to attend, register by calling STINAPA at 717-8444.  There are no costs to participate, but STINAPA always welcomes donations.  Please be sure to bring a flashlight that is covered with a red cloth, as bats do not like light.  You’ll also need good shoes that are suitable for climbing up and down on a rocky cave surface, and of course, do bring a bottle of drinking water.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

 

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

Join STINAPA on a Bird-Watching Trip on June 18th, 2016

Bonaire is well known for its marine diversity, but what is not well recognized is the island’s amazing diversity of birds.  Learn about the birds that are commonly seen on Bonaire by attending one of the bird-watching trips offered by STINAPA.

On Saturday June 18th, 2016, from 5 to 6:309 PM, STINAPA will host a trip at the LVV facility (Kaminda Lagoen). This area has a constant supply of fresh water which attracts an abundance of bird species. Very rare species of birds for the ABC islands have also been spotted in this area. During the past weeks, Southern Lapwings, Caribbean Coots and the Black Ibis were sighted.

bird-watchingBring binoculars (if don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you a pair), drinking water, and good walking shoes. Please call 717-8444 to make your reservation. There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome. Meet at the office building next to the wastewater tanks.

Future bird-watching trips will be held on July 23rd, August 20th, September 30th, October 29th, November 26th, and December 17th 2016.  Times and locations will be announced at a later date.

 

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

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