Global Big Day: Help count birds on Curacao May 13 2017

2nd time Curaçao participates in Global Big Day Bird telling kust Bird telling tuin In 2016, it was the first time Curaçao participated on a larger scale in the so called Global Big Day, an international event in which thousands of people all over the world went into nature to spot birds and count them. In nature areas, parks and gardens data was acquired after which these were handed over to coordinating organization or uploaded directly on the special birdwatching […] Read more »

Global Big Day: Help us count birds on May 14

Identification cards: Bird telling tuin (garden) & Bird telling kust (shore) On Saturday, May 14, thousands of people worldwide go into nature for bird watching and bird counting. Some people just count in the backyard, and others in a nature reserve. The Global Big Day, as the day is called, is organized by the Cornell Ornithology Lab, and is intended for anyone who enjoys nature and wants to do something fun and educational. Young and old can join! Bird watching […] Read more »

Breeding season of seabirds starts!

Royal terns, Laughing gulls, stilts, Killdeer Plovers. All of these species are preparing for the start of the breeding season with partner rituals, mating, hatching eggs and helping the chicks on the fragile path to adulthood. Fragile and less successful every year, unfortunately, because the locations these animals need to successfully reproduce are disturbed on an ever larger scale by people, who are often unaware of the damage they cause. Damage in the form of broken eggs and defenceless chicks […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Neotropic cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus)

If you ever drive past the the water treatment plant of Klein Hofje in the early morning of late afternoon you can sometimes see black birds, sitting on the edge of the water basins with their wings spread out in the sun. These are cormorants. These animals can also be regularly spotted at coastal locations, such as the Seaquarium. This bird is approximately 60 centimeters long and completely dark, almost black, in color. The most striking features of these cormorants […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) MIGRANT

Few people will notice this common water guest, unless they are observing well. The 14-centimeter long bird is has a dark brown color on the upper parts and a cream-colored to yellowish belly showing dark stripes or dots. In addition, the animal has a yelow-white stripe on the head which crosses the eye. The most striking feature of the animal is the way it moves around: upright and with a whipping tail. This is usually the behavior which attracts attention […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

The Blue-winged Teal is one of many species of ducks which can be found on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. If you really want to observe the animals now, while the dams are still dry, the water treatment plants on the islands are the best bet to find them. You will find the birds, sometimes in huge numbers, on the edges of the water tanks which make them relatively easy to observe, even though they are shy. Blue-winged […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds – Yellow Orioles (Icterus nigrogularis curasoensis)

The bird sits in the tree, like a ripe yellow mango, its bright yellow feathers in shrill contrast to the grayish background of the dry forest. Besides the brightly coloured feathers, it is also the sound the bird produces which is striking, it’s like a sharp coughing bark. In Papiamentu, de local language on Curaçao and Bonaire the bird is called Trupial Kachó (the Dog Trupial), based on the barking sounds it makes. In Papiamento, the local language on the […] Read more »

Reforestation on Klein Bonaire

A Kadushi (Cereus repandus) seedling has been lovingly surrounded by pieces of limestone rock, in an attempt to create some shade, and circumstances for moisture collection in the burning sun and scorching heat of Klein Bonaire. The small plant has been transplanted from another spot on the mainland, where this species grows in abundance, to the new location on Klein Bonaire where it will be one of the founders of a new population of cacti. The small plant is part […] Read more »

Sustainable architecture in presentation organized by Amigu di Tera

Good planning and completely thinking trough all aspects of the construction of a new building within the context of sustainability, energy efficiency and applicability is the essence of sustainable architecture, as shown by the reading that was given last Tuesday in the presentation hall of the National Library on Curaçao. Speaker: expert in the field of sustainable and energy-efficient buildings, architect Luis Huertas, originally from Puerto Rico and who has been living in Aruba for some time. This lecture was […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Shells – The Bleeding Tooth Nerite

The Bleeding Tooth Nerite (Nerita peloronta) What a name this snail and shell has in English: the Bleeding Tooth Nerite. It is kind of logical though if you take a goof look at the shell this snail species builds for itself, cause it has a clearly visible blood red spot which looks very much like the spot where a child’s tooth has fallen out. The spot is located at the entrance of the shell, called the mouth plate. The scientific […] Read more »