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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. 


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.


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.


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)


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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.

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(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)



Bonaire Shark Week Launches Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Please note update June 21st, 2016: Due to projection issues at Empire Cinema, the movie premiere and planned showings of Great White Shark 3D have been postponed. Please contact STINAPA for additional information on rescheduling.

shark_weekJoin STINAPA for a week filled with shark fun from Sunday, June 19th through Saturday, June 25th. STINAPA, along with the other Dutch Caribbean islands and Holland, is inviting the community to celebrate Shark Week. The Save Our Sharks project is an initiative of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and is made possible by the Nationale Postcode Loterij. Due to intense overfishing, shark populations throughout the world are in trouble. The Save Our Sharks campaign is focused on creating awareness in the Bonairean community, working with fishermen and conducting research on sharks.

The schedule for Bonaire Shark Week 2016 is as follows:

  • Sunday June 19th from 3:00 to 7.30 PM – Launch of the Bonaire Shark Week at the Kas di Regatta with the Bonaire Sailing School. There will be sailing activities, shark games and crafts, and plenty of information about Bonaire’s sharks.
  • Monday June 20th to Friday June 24th from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Shark presentations at the Sentro di Bario’s afterschool program together with the Mediabus each weekday.On Monday in Rincon, Tuesday in Antriol, Wednesday in Nort Salina, Thursday in Amboina, Friday in Nikiboko.
  • Tuesday June 21st at 8:00 PM at the Empire Cinema– The premiere of the movie Great White Shark 3D. This is the first showing of this fantastic movie in the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tickets are $7.50. Great White Shark 3D will also be shown Wednesday and Thursday evenings and the following week Monday through Thursday also. Don’t miss your chance to see this beautiful 3D film!
  • Wednesday June 22nd presentation from 7pm to 8pm at CIEE Research: The Strange Lives of Sharks.
  • Thursday June 23rd from 8pm to 9pm at Little Havana – Shark Trivia Night. Join us for a shark trivia quiz – prizes for the winners!
  • Saturday June 25th : 3:00 to 6:00 PM–Lionfish hunt with STINAPA and Great Adventures Bonaire and from 6:00 to10:00 PM: The Shark Art Extravaganza at Wilhelmina Plein during the Taste of Bonaire. The shark art competition winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at 7:00 PM. There will also be games for kids, music, face painting & a whole lot more.

Learn more about the new Yarari Marine Mammal and Shark Sanctuary.

See all upcoming Bonaire events.

(Source:  STINAPA)


Washington Park’s Annual Open House is June 5, 2016

wp_openhouseIt is an annual Bonaire tradition that STINAPA hosts an open house for the Bonaire community every year, commemorating the opening of Washington Park.  This year the gala event will be held next Sunday, June 5th, 2016.

As in past years, there are lots of events planned for the day.  There is plenty of good local food, and lots of beverages!  A kids’ corner provides face painting and other youth activities.  A guided hiking trip for adults begins at 8:00 AM and a mountain bike race through the park begins even earlier at 7:30 AM.

For those who want to chill and enjoy the water, there is transportation available to Boca Slagbaai at 9:00 AM and again at 12:00 Noon.  Transportation from Slagbaai back to the park entrance will be at 3:00 PM for everyone still at Slagbaai.

Local bands will be providing music and dancing will take place all day.  The park will be open on this special day from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Admission is free.  Come and enjoy it!

(Source:  STINAPA)


The Mangrove Center, with STINAPA Junior Rangers, Helping Nesting Birds

mangrovepost2On Saturday, May 14th, 2016, the crew from The Mangrove Info Center, along with the STINAPA Junior Rangers, cleaned and repositioned “Do Not Enter” stones in the mangrove area of Lac Bay.

These yellow marker stones were placed in the past to alert people not to drive or walk to the waterline of the mangroves.  Because some of the fresh water sources are close to shore, the flamingos might be closer than normal.  They are easily frightened and can actually relocate to another location if constantly harassed.

Additionally, during the nesting seasons for the local seabirds, many nests can be found on the ground.  They are very camouflaged, and won’t be easily visible, but cars driving over the nests will crush the eggs.  The Least Tern does nest on flat surfaces, such as the ground, and if disturbed by people, the eggs will break.  Or, if the parent is frightened away by visitors, the eggs can actually cook in Bonaire’s heat.

The Mangrove Center asks all visitors and locals to respect the Do Not Enter areas and help keep Bonaire’s nature secure.

(Source:  The Mangrove Info Center)


STINAPA Bird Watching Event Planned for April 16th, 2016

BirdwatchingThere is another opportunity to join the STINAPA staff with a bird-watching trip.  There is an amazing diversity of birds here on Bonaire.

For those who would like to attend, do call STINAPA today (717-8444) for a reservation; only fifteen persons can attend.  Then, tomorrow, from 5:00 to 6:30, meet at the LVV facility on Kaminda Lagun (next to the wastewater tanks).

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.

Bring binoculars (if don’t have any, STINAPA can provide you a pair), drinking water and good walking shoes.  There are no costs involved, but donations are always welcome.

(Source:  STINAPA)

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