The mysterious mouse

The species of Homo sapiens, also known as the thinking human, has spread over the surface of the earth using all kinds of inventions. By leg power, boats and, especially the last couple of decades, by airplanes. There is almost no place left on terrestrial earth which has not been visited one time or another by a human individual. The unexplored en unvisited places are becoming scarcer by the day. The big trouble is, Homo sapiens has the persistent tendency […] Read more »

Know your fauna: shells

The Caribbean Four-tooth Nerite Marine snails which are part of the Nerite family often have small teethlike protrusions which can often be found on the mouth plate (columella fold), the calcerous part at the opening at the bottom of the shell where the slug’s body moves to the outside. In the Caribbean Four-tooth Nerite or Nerita versicolor four teeth can be observed at the aperture and there are also several smaller ones on the outer lip. The shell colors are […] Read more »

Junior Rangers of Bonaire

Preparing for a sustainable future 15 young people, in the age of 13 to 21 years, get together on their free Saturday morning to participate in the bi-weekly session of the Junior Rangers Program of Stinapa Bonaire. Today’s program consists of diving and snorkeling just off the coast of Kralendijk, to observe marine wildlife and record the types of species which were observed, the numbers of individuals of each species and any special behavior or other characteristics observed. It is […] Read more »

Know your fauna: shells

Common purple snail (Janthina janthina) Rare blue / purple In 1758 Linnaeus gave the scientific name Janthina janthina to a tiny and very delicate purple / blue snail shell and its snail inhabitant. The popular names for this species, which occurs in warm waters worldwide, range from ‘Purperen’ or ‘Paarse zeezeiler’ in Dutch to Common purple snail in English. The animal is not rare, but the color of the shell it produces certainly is. There are very few naturally blue […] Read more »

Know your fauna: Birds

The ABC island have a rich diversity of flora and fauna and the number of people wanting to get to know this diversity is growing everyday. What was considered boring and unimportant in the past is now slowly but surely considered as the natural heritage of our countries which should be cherished and respected. To put a spotlight on the biodiversity of the islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, Caribbean Footprint Magazine will start focusing on the individual species of the […] Read more »

Premiere Ecosplash big success

On April 22, 2013, the Curacao Footprint Foundation celebrated World Earth Day in a special way. With the premiere of ‘Ecosplash-Korsou salbahe’, the new nature documentary series which is produced by the foundation, and the inauguration of the Photo exhibition of the same name, nature was the centerpiece on the program for more than 120 guests who had come to NAAM Foundation for this event.     After a welcome drink and snack the evening kicked of with a short […] Read more »

Orange beauty

Curaçao is turning dry once again, the rainy season is behind us and the Island’s nature seems to be in autumn style. Leaves turn yellow and red, and fall from the trees in record time. The ‘mondi’ is gray and drab and appears to die as a result of the lack of rain. The drought, dried out vegetation, harsh ‘kuaresma’ (Lent) winds and associated Sahara sand (all the way from Africa!) in the air result in a depressing atmosphere. Any […] Read more »

Nature Diary: Local vitamin bombs 5: (H)Oba

Sour sweet taste, orange-yellow in color and rare in Curaçao. Most people have never seen an Oba fruit, let alone eaten it. Only the elderly among the island population and a number of people from the younger generations who like to listen to the stories and knowledge of the elderly know this tree and are able to recognize it within the landscape of our island. The Oba, or Hoba tree (Spondias mombin) is a monumental tree, which can grow to […] Read more »

Local and fabulous

The Holiday season is one of the most commercialized season’s of the year with shops screaming louder and louder for the consumer’s attention to trigger them into buying new stuff yet again, even though your ‘old stuff’ hasn’t even been properly introduced to your world yet. Almost everyone at one point or another succumbs to commercial screams by buying something they don’t really need. The call for change, for responsible and sustainable alternatives for the celebrations gets more widespread, however, […] Read more »

Nature Diary: Local vitamin bombs 4 – the Shimaruku

No local fruit appeals to the imagination as does the illustrious Shimaruku or West Indian Cherry. If you notice cars at the side of the road in the weirdest places, about one or two weeks after some heavy rains, and people enthusiastically picking what looks like red berries, then it’s a safe bet it is Shimaruku they are after, which are either eaten on the spot or collected in cups, bags or whatever serves the purpose of taking this delicacy […] Read more »