Washington-Slagbaai National Park Re-Opens After Heavy Rains

Washington Slagbaai National Park re-opens after Bonaire’s recent rains.

Washington Park is once again open to all traffic as of today, January 19th.  The park was recently forced to close after frequent rains, which affected the roads throughout the park.

Additionally, STINAPA has announced that the park will be closed on Sunday, January 22nd, 2017, for repair to the roads which suffered damage from the heavy rains.

If you have plans to visit the park in the coming days, give the park a call at 788-9015 to be sure they are open, especially if the rains continue, as the situation can be amended at any time due to the weather conditions.

(Source:  STINAPA)

 

 

 

 

Bonaire Sees a Growth in Population, 2011-2015

Population growth on Bonaire is mainly due to immigration.

Bonaire Sees a Small Population Growth in 2016Between January 2011 and January 2016, the population of Bonaire increased by more than 20% to 19,400 residents. This was largely attributable to immigration. In the period between January 2011 and December 2015, 7,000 immigrants arrived on Bonaire while 4,000 emigrants left. The largest influx was from the European Netherlands, Curaçao and the United States, according to figures recently released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Migration balance on Bonaire in recent years.

Migration Balance on Bonaire, 2011-2015

The 3,000 immigrants from the European Netherlands who settled on the island between 2011 and 2015 formed the largest group. In the same period, 1,600 residents of Curaçao, Aruba and St Maarten moved to Bonaire; nearly 80 percent were from Curaçao.

Among the group who left the island in the same period, over 2,000 moved to the European Netherlands and around 1,100 to Curaçao, Aruba or St Maarten.

Population growth on Bonaire in recent years.

Population growth on Bonaire, 2011-2015

Many moves to the Caribbean Netherlands.

Between January 2011 and December 2015, more people settled in the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius) than left. Net migration stood at 2,700 for all three islands.

In the same period, around 10,000 people moved to one of the three islands while slightly over 7,000 people left the islands. The Caribbean Netherlands is especially popular among residents of the European Netherlands, Central and South America, Curaçao, the USA, and Canada.

(Source:  Central Bureau of Statistics)

 

 

New Efforts at Te Amo Beach Assist Bonaire’s Turtles

Conservation Efforts Continued: New Vegetation on Te Amo Beach.

 

Bonaire’s Te Amo Beach, directly across from Bonaire International Airport, is a popular meeting area for beaching, snorkeling, and picnic-ing.  As much as people like the area, Bonaire’s nesting turtles like it similarly, and it is also a popular location for turtle nests.

New Green Buttonwood Mangroves Planted

New plants to help turtles are planted at Bonaire's Te Amo Beach.Earlier this month, as part of the Ecological Restoration of Lac and the South of Bonaire, 50 green buttonwood trees (a native species of mangrove) were planted along the inside of the fence on Te Amo Beach. Over time, the green buttonwood will form a natural barrier that will replace the existing fence.

The fence blocks light, which helps turtle hatchlings find the ocean.

The fence, which is covered in palm leaves, has been effective at reducing light pollution from the airport, thereby reducing the disorientation of nesting turtles and hatchlings at Te Amo Beach. As the vegetation alongside the fence grows, it will further reduce light from the airport and the road.

The new vegetation will help nesting turtles, such as the critically endangered hawksbill that likes to nest underneath shore plants. The roots of the trees will also bind the sand, which in its turn prevents the sand from blowing away, maintaining one of Bonaire’s precious beaches. The new vegetation is therefore a win-win; preserving the beach for sea turtles and for humans too!

Conservation efforts are in place to restore Lac and the south of Bonaire.

The conservation efforts at Te Amo Beach, for which Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire partnered with WILDCONSCIENCE BV, are part of the Ecological Restoration of Lac and the South of Bonaire: a project that is coordinated by the Bonaire Island Government and funded with “natuurgelden” (nature funds) made available by the Dutch government. In addition, Green Label Landscaping N.V. has sponsored part of the tree planting and also the watering of the plants during their first month to ensure that the buttonwood grows successfully.

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(Source:  STCB)

 

KLM Pronounced Safest and Most Punctual Airline!

KLM Wins Two New Awards.

With barely a fortnight into 2017, KLM has already won two awards.

KLM at Bonaire International Airport

KLM at Bonaire International Airport

KLM declared the safest European airline.

The German Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC) has declared KLM the safest European airline. KLM comes fifth in the JACDEC worldwide rankings.

KLM also declared the most punctual airline.

KLM is also the most punctual airline, Flight Stats recently announced. This aviation insights company publishes an annual list of international airlines with the best on-time performance records. FlightStats compares airlines on punctuality, flight schedules, and flight times. KLM holds first place for global arrival performance.

KLM President and CEO, Mr. Pieter Elbers, stated,

This is a marvelous start to the new year. I see this as a wonderful acknowledgement of all our efforts in safety, punctuality, and customer focus. We want to continue to give our customers a safe and pleasant travel experience in 2017.

KLM has been connecting Bonaire with the European Netherlands for 80 years.

(Source:  KLM via Bonaire International Airport)

 

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.

 

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(Source:  Echo Foundation)

 

 

STINAPA Presents Public Presentation About Shark Research and Coral Bleaching

STINAPA Connecting People with Nature lecture series about shark research and coral bleaching.

Shark research on Bonaire.

Sharks and rays on Bonaire are the subject of recent scientific research.

Sharks and rays on Bonaire are the subject of recent scientific research.

Last September, the Bonaire Insider shared some information on new shark research being conducted on Bonaire. STINAPA and IMARES collaborated to assess the current diversity and distribution of elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) in Bonaire’s waters. This study is part of a three-year “Save Our Sharks” research and outreach campaign.

Sharks are natural regulators of fish populations on Caribbean reefs. Learn more about how sharks help keep fish populations healthy, as well as the results of the September survey about the diversity and distribution of sharks on Bonaire by attending STINAPA’s presentation at CIEE on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch and effect of coral bleaching on Bonaire.

A second topic discussed will be about the results of STINAPA’s recent project monitoring (December, 2016) on the extent and severity of coral bleaching in the Bonaire Marine Park, in response to a Coral Bleaching Alert Issued for Bonaire by NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch. Luckily, the project found that the extent and severity of the bleaching on Bonaire is not severe. Learn more about why corals bleach, the impact to our reefs, and the efforts STINAPA is taking to protect our reef resilience.

Event Venue.

This presentation is open to anyone with an interest, and is a part of STINAPA’s Connecting People with Nature series.  As always, all lectures hosted by CIEE are held at their headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26 in Kralendijk from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.

(Source:  STINAPA)

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Enjoy This Year’s Edition of Maskarada on Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Maskarada is a unique Bonaire tradition.

Maskarada is Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

The New Year always hearkens the return of the Maskarada (Masqueraders). This year, the troupe, made up of a group of musicians and masked characters, will take to the streets of Bonaire and entertain once again this Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

The Maskarada Tradition.

It’s tradition that the Maskarada begin on New Year’s Day serenading and entertaining Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, but then after that, they will have two full days of visiting families in various neighborhoods of Bonaire. Those that follow the Maskarada will enjoy the traditional song that always forecasts the masked character’s arrival. Then, the colorfully clad characters arrive amid of burst of energy! While they play out certain skits, not a word is said. They are fully costumed, so no one knows their identities. That is, until the end of the day, when they are finally un-masked, and we learn just who has been entertaining us all day!

20140102-Maskarada3Where to find the Maskarada?

If you’re on Bonaire, come for one of the performances, or follow the Maskarada all day. They will be performing  at the SGB School, Kolegio San Bernardo, and FORMA.

For additional information about this annual cultural event unique to Bonaire, click here.

(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

Art Day in Rincon is Sunday, December 18, 2016

Enjoy music, dancing, art, and local food at Rincon’s Art Day.

This Sunday there is another opportunity to have fun while doing some holiday shopping when the village of Rincon hosts their Art Day.

Art Day in RinconStarting at 4:00 PM, and running through Midnight, the village will be decked out in holiday spirit.  As always with events which Rincon hosts, there will be lots of local music and dancing, local food, and of course, works of art to view and purchase.

For those on Bonaire, it’s another opportunity to get into the spirit of the holidays.

(Source:  Village of Rincon)

 

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VIDEO: Bonaire…Quickly!

A new take on how to spend one’s Bonaire vacation!

Bonaire has long been known for its peace and tranquility–one reason visitors return again and again.  And many of the videos that are viewed from holidays on Bonaire support the “peace and quiet” of Bonaire.

But today we share with you a new take on Bonaire, showing just how much a person can jam into one fun-filled holiday!  Enjoy “Bonaire…Quickly!”

Thanks to Bruce Schnaak for his really fast take on Bonaire!  If you have a video of your Bonaire vacation that you would like to share, upload it to InfoBonaire’s Facebook page.

 

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(Source: InfoBonaire’s Facebook Page)

 

BonDiGro Supermarket Opens in Convenient, New Location

BonDiGro Supermarket Opens on Kaya Industria in Bonaire.

Many visitors enjoy utilizing the kitchen facilities of their accommodations, either to help economize, or simply because they enjoy cooking.  Whatever the motivation, there is newly re-located store, BonDiGro Supermarket, with a convenient location and economical pricing.

Convenient Parking.

The new BonDiGro is located just east of the traffic rotary where Kaya Industria meets Kaya International (the main road from the airport into Kralendijk). Parking is very convenient with spaces literally at the front door.

Fresh Produce Arrives Weekly.

BonDiGro's Produce sectionFresh fruits and vegetables arrive weekly, many coming in from the United States. It is possible to locate some real “finds” at BonDiGro, such as pomegranates, winter squashes, or other seldom-seen-on-Bonaire items, depending upon the season, of course. It’s quite fun to stroll down the aisles where produce is offered, in the air-conditioned, front area of the store, to see what can be found to make interesting meals. Some weeks they have a produce list of over 80 different items arriving.

Club-Style Store for Non-Perishables.

In the rear of the store, there is an open, warehouse-style, area for non-perishables, similar to a Sam’s Club or Costco in the United States.  This area is not air-conditioned, but with the loading dock doors open to receive goods, Bonaire’s breeze keeps the temperature cool. By utilizing both air-conditioned areas for perishables, and trade-winds for non-perishables, BonDiGro is able to keep their costs low, and these savings are passed on to the consumer.

Those visitors who have near-term plans for a Bonaire visit should definitely make a stop at BonDiGro and see if the store can fulfill shopping needs as a visit here can substantially cut down on the final cost at checkout. BonDiGro is open daily, but does close on Sundays at 1:00 PM.

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(Source:   Bonaire Insider Reporter)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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