photo by Ann Maddock
Erika Gates is co-founder of the Ecotourism Association; a published writer; and a Cacique award winner!
Her column Bird Talk will enlighten and educate us about birds of The Bahamas, as well as the importance of habitat conservation.
Please enjoy the following articles.
|Lucaya International School receives Wildlife Habitat Certification - Jun 25, 2016
These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but they also hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.
To meet the criteria for certification the students had to create a Wildlife Habitat that provides a number of specific elements for each of the followings habitat essentials...(Read more)
Grand Bahama Birders participate in Global Big Day - May 20, 2016
The Bahamas was one of 144 countries from around the world where birders went into the field all day on May 14th counting and recording birds and submitting them to eBird, the world’s largest ornithological data base.
On that day, globally, 15767 participants recorded 6230 species. The Bahamas recorded 120 species for the day which represented an encouraging increase of 40 species over last year. The honour of having observed most species...(Read more)
Grand Bahama Birdcount unites local birders and visitors - Jan 29, 2016
The primary objective of the annual count is to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. When results of the count are entered into the Audubon database we begin to gain a clearer picture how bird populations have changed over the years...(Read more)
Grand Bahama Birding Group visits Freeport Sites - Dec 8, 2015
At the Ruby Golf Course a new bird for most of the participants was a Savannah Sparrow, a small seed-eating migrant that may begin its fall journey as far north as Alaska or the arctic circle and travel all the way to Southern California, Mexico, Florida and the Bahamas to spend the winter. Everybody had a good view of this long-distance traveler as it perched comfortably in a small bush for the longest time. 16 species were observed at the Ruby...(Read more)
Fall Migration in Full Swing at Garden of the Groves - Nov 13, 2015
Among these enjoyed by the group were the brilliant-yellow Prothonotary Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush while the Black-throated green Warbler can be seen on Grand Bahama all winter long...
Birding – Better in the Bahamas - Sep 25, 2015
For the first time in 51 years Woodstorks were seen on Grand Bahama Island! Another rarity was the Roseate Spoonbill. Both species enjoyed the rain-filled wetlands at the Freeport Pine Ridge Landfill. They were first observed by Lou Carroll, the General Manager of the facility who is making sure that birds and their habitat are respected by his staff and given a wide berth by heavy equipment! (Read more)
Grand Bahama Birding Group following Spring Migration - May 29, 2015
The May fieldtrip of sixteen birders from the Grand Bahama Birding Group led by Erika Gates, resulted in 34 species and mixed emotions about several of the birds observed during their trip to the eastern part of Grand Bahama.
Their first stop at the Pelican Point settlement evoked excitement as many in the group had not seen the striking male Bobolinks which travel in flocks from their wintering grounds in the Argentinian grasslands and grain fields to the Northern U.S. and Canada to raise their families. They only linger a few days on Grand Bahama, passing through to rest and feed on seeds and berries, their favourite food easily crunched up with their conical bills. The birders were able to observe a mixed flock of 35 males and females. (Read more)
Birding Fieldtrip to West Grand Bahama - Apr 9, 2015
The first stop was the mangrove wetland between Paradise Cove and the Westend Highway where 14 species were observed. A Reddish Egret and a Tricolored Heron were exciting new species for several of the birders... (Read more)
Grand Bahama Bird Count unites local birders and visitors - Jan 21, 2015
The primary objective of the annual count is to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. When results of the count are entered into the Audubon database we begin to gain a clearer picture how bird populations have changed over the years. The information is also vital for conservation. (Read more)
Garden of the Groves concludes International Migratory Bird Events of 2014 - Dec 31, 2014
Garden of the Groves celebrating the annual miracle of bird migration - Nov 20, 2014
It has become a tradition over the past six years at Garden of the Groves to host a variety of events during this time and Mrs. Marilyn Laing, coordinator, states: “We want to share the message of bird conservation with the Grand Bahama community and we offer bird and conservation related activities for all ages throughout the month whereby we focus on education, fun and exercise!” (Read more)
Over the past 13 years more than 150 residents from the Grand Bahama community have participated in these most enjoyable and educational classes. The program is sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Grand Bahama Nature Tours and yours truly will be the instructor. Classes begin Nov. 1st and run for five consecutive Saturdays, beginning at 8 am with two hours theory, followed by two hour fieldtrips.
The primary focus of our birding class is to master the challenge and the process of bird identification. In a classroom setting, the proper...(Read more)
Birding at Grand Bahama's "Delightful Dump" - Sep 18, 2014
Of course one of the most abundant species that you can find at most landfills is the Laughing Gull, a resident of the Bahamas. These birds surround the tractors which distribute delectable edibles for them. When you look up along the high elevation created by years of garbage and now covered by grass...(Read more)
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