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 – 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 »

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 »

Too cute for their own good!

It’s a frequently asked question: what is your favorite animal? Every time I ask myself that question, the answer is different. It is impossible for me to stick too long to a particular species. One day it’s a snow leopard, the next day it’ll be a hummingbird. Today it is the burrowing owl, truly one of the most adorable owls I have ever met. I have a weakness for owls anyway. Not because they are considered the symbol of wisdom, […] Read more »