Transport for MPA Summer Camp 2014

Dear Ms. Campbell and supporting staff,

On behalf of the MPA department of the Fisheries Division. I’d like to extend a hearty thank you for assisting us during our Summer Camp which ran from July 7th – 25th.
Your team of drivers were friendly and knowledgeable yet focused and allowed for a smooth flow of things.
Without your assistance our Summer Camp would not have been the successful event it turned out to be.

Once again thank you from the staff of the MPA department, our 15 volunteers and the 40 children who attended the camp. I have attached the schedule of the camp for your records and below I’ve provided you with a video link which gives a summary of the camp.

Video link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7p__fQ3lU8&feature=youtu.be

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Belmont Estate Receives Community Benefit Award from CTO TravelMole

Goat Dairy Project GrenadaCaribbean Horizons wishes to congratulate Belmont Estate to this well-deserved award!

BELMONT ESTATE RECEIVES COMMUNITY BENEFIT AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF UNIQUE AGRO-HERITAGE ATTRACTION AT STATE OF THE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE IN US VIRGIN ISLANDS

September 19th, 2014

Belmont Estate received this year’s Community Benefit Award in recognition of being a Unique Agro-Heritage Attraction at the State of the Industry Conference from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and TravelMole, held on Thursday 18th September 2014, in the US Virgin Islands.

This award is presented to a “tourism enterprise or community that has direct social and economic benefits to local people, positively contributes to maintaining heritage and authenticity, encourages strategic partnerships and opportunities for local community input and educates locals and visitors on sustainable tourism efforts” according to the CTO.

The main objective of the CTO/TravelMole Sustainable Award is to highlight sustainable good practices while recognizing initiatives that both embrace and enhance the Caribbean’s tourism environment and product.

Goat Dairy Project GrenadaMs. Paula Lewis, Marketing, Promotions and Customer Services Manager received the award on behalf of Belmont Estate. In an interview with CTO she expressed how very pleased she was that Belmont Estate was recognized for its sustainable efforts and practices in tourism and agriculture, and especially for its work community. She expressed gratitude to their employees and partners, without whom this award would not have been possible. Ms. Lewis sees the award as motivation for the company to continue its work of ensuring that its development is done in a sustainable manner that would bring benefits also to its employees, partners, guests, and communities.

Managing Director of Belmont Estate, Shadel Nyack Compton, has described receiving the award as humbling, and yet she is ecstatic that Grenada was represented in the CTO winners for 2014. She heartily congratulates all awardees and special mentions of this year’s awards and emphasized continued commitment to working with Belmont Estate’s strategic partners; to improving the lives of the people of the various communities; providing better opportunities for the Estate’s employees and to continue creating outstanding experiences, products and services for all visitors and guests.

She added that the award is also a win for Grenada, as the island has made significant strides in repositioning the island’s brand identity as ‘Pure Grenada’, enabling more dynamic marketing opportunities while staying in touch with today’s tourism and hospitality environment.

Ms. Nyack Compton wants to encourage Grenada’s tourism businesses to remain committed as the driving force of the island’s tourism destination, striving for excellence and continued innovation.

Belmont Estate was one of six awardees, representing diverse Caribbean initiatives. They included St. Kitts and Nevis’s Tourism Ministry for Destination Stewardship; Belize’s Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort for Sustainable Accommodation; the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society for Heritage Preservation; the British Virgin Islands’ Guana Island Hotel for Biodiversity Conservation and the Puerto Rico Tourism Company for Caribbean Excellence in Sustainable Tourism.

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Meet Davidson Campbell

Davidson Campbell, Tour GuideMeet Davidson Campbell

Davidson Campbell, one of our Tour Guides and Driver enjoys sharing his knowledge of Grenada with visitors and likes to hike to St Margarets falls with them.

Read what our guests have to say about Davidson Campbell, one of our tour guides:
I want to say thank you so much for the wonderful tour. Mr. Davidson was truly an amazing tour guide and he made our mothers very happy. We all left Grenada yesterday with bright smiles on our face. I would recommend this tour, especially the guide, to anyone looking for a good and fun informative tour of Grenada. Thank you for your service and send him regards from the Greene/Joseph family.

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The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) changes name to “BirdsCaribbean”

News Release Date: October 23, 2013
Birds Caribbean

(Kingston, Jamaica) October 18, 2013 – Today the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) [1], the largest single organization devoted to wildlife conservation in the Caribbean, announced the renaming of the organization to “BirdsCaribbean.” The name change reflects the proactive, multi-faceted, and inclusive nature of the organization, which continues in its role of assisting wildlife professionals, educators, and community members throughout the Caribbean in their efforts to understand and conserve birds and their habitats.

The organization also launched a new logo featuring the Bananaquit, a conspicuous and well-known bird common on most islands. “The shorter new name and lively logo reflect our interest in making our organization more accessible and well-known in wider Caribbean society,” commented Lisa Sorenson, Executive Director of BirdsCaribbean [2]. “We need to reach more people and engage them in the wonderful world of birds and our mission to conserve the Caribbean’s rich but threatened natural heritage.” said Sorenson.

In the new strategic plan, which was presented and discussed at the organization’s 19th Regional Meeting [3] on Grenada (July 27-31, 2013), over the next five years the organization will shift from volunteer-led to one directed by full-time staff (an Executive Director, Programs Director and Administrative Assistant) under the supervision of an elected board of directors.

“Our new name and structure better positions us to serve as a leader in Caribbean conservation and support our partners,” said Dr. Howard Nelson, President of BirdsCaribbean [4]. He added that, “We are very proud of our 25 years of service to the Caribbean conservation community and we are excited about what having full-time staff will mean for BirdsCaribbean.” Nelson remarked that under BirdsCaribbean’s new strategic plan the organization aims to work with a broader suite of partners, expand educational and monitoring programs, and promote best practices for the conservation of biodiversity more widely using the region’s unique birds as flagships for conservation.

Key elements of the new strategic direction include further developing BirdsCaribbean to work with and through its partners in the Caribbean and the rest of the world to promote conservation of birds and their habitats by:

§ Serving as the Caribbean’s primary forum for sharing best practices, tools, innovations, and lessons learned about the conservation of birds and their habitats.

§ Expanding and developing flagship programs, for example, the highly successful Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival that draws over 100,000 participants from 23 independent Caribbean nations each year [5] and the Caribbean Birding Trail, an economically beneficial program promoting nature-based tourism Caribbean-wide [6].

Generating core operational funds needed to sustain full-time staff, field projects and Caribbean-wide education programs.

——– ENDS ——–

For more information, and to arrange an interview, please contact: Leo Douglas, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Email: lrd2107@columbia.edu.

Tel: 1 876-807-4971.

Or

Scott Johnson, Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas. Email: sjohnson@bnt.bs.

Tel: 1 242-393- 1317.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. BirdsCaribbean is the largest single regional organization devoted to wildlife conservation in the Caribbean. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose goals are to promote the scientific study and conservation of Caribbean birds and their habitats, and to promote greater public awareness of the bird life of the region. For more details, see: http://www.scscb.org.

2. Dr. Lisa Sorenson is Executive Director and Past President of BirdsCaribbean. She develops and oversees all projects and programs of the Society, including the Caribbean Waterbird Census monitoring program, Caribbean Birding Trail Project, Caribbean BirdSleuth, the West Indian Whistling-Duck and Wetlands Project, and others. Sorenson, an ornithologist and conservation biologist, has been working in the Caribbean for 28 years.

3. The theme of the 2013 conference, held every two years, is “Bird Conservation in a Changing Climate.” For further information on the conference program, keynote speakers and meeting report please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/scscbmeeting2013/home

4. Dr. Howard Nelson has extensive research, policy and teaching experience in wildlife ecology, forestry and biodiversity conservation. He was also the biodiversity specialist at the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of Trinidad and Tobago’s Ministry of Planning, Housing and Environment. Currently, he is the Coordinator for a Regional Biodiversity and Sustainable Development MSc Programme, and a lecturer at the UWI. He is also a member of the Board the Guardian Life Wildlife Trust of Trinidad and Tobago.

5. The Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival is a celebration of the region’s unique bird life. Celebrated for one month, the festival calls attention to the fact that more than 25% of the Caribbean’s bird species (148 of 564) are endemic—that is, they exist nowhere else on the planet. Local conservation organizations throughout the Caribbean celebrate through an array of events, including bird and nature walks, presentations, art and photography exhibits and competitions, radio quizzes, bird calling contests, beach clean-ups, tree plantings, distribution of materials, and more.

6. The Caribbean Birding Trail is a newly launched initiative by BirdsCaribbean [2] with funding from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. The mission of the CBT is to create and promote nature-based, authentic experiences that engage visitors and locals with the unique birds of the Caribbean and connect them to the extraordinary places, diverse cultures and people of each island. The CBT is a metaphorical trail that, when complete, will include important birdwatching sites throughout the entire region; using birds as a focal point for engaging birders and non-birders with the local nature and culture that lies beyond the beach. For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanbirdingtrail.org.

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Caribbean Birding Trail

Launches New Training Program for 24 Tour Guides on Grenada

(St. Georges, Grenada) July 8th, 2013  – Ramier. Godbird. Chicken Hawk. Until recently, that is how many of the Caribbean Birding Trail Guide Training participants would have described some of Grenada’s common birds. Now, after having successfully completed the five-day training course, participants know that these birds have common English names that are recognized internationally by the birding community: Scaly-naped Pigeon (Ramier), House Wren (Godbird) and Broad Winged Hawk (Chicken Hawk).

The Caribbean Birding Trail (CBT) Guide Training Program was held from 17-21 June on the campus of St. George’s University and was attended by 24 participants—staff from local tour operators, non-profit organizations and the Forestry and National Parks Departments. Grenada is the first country to receive this training from the CBT, a newly launched project of the regional non-profit organization, the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) [1].

The mission of the CBT is to engage audiences (both local and international) with the unique birds of the Caribbean and to connect them to the extraordinary places, diverse cultures and people of each island. Integral to achieving this is having well-trained guides that are knowledgeable about the cultural and natural resources of their island, including birds [2]. Just as important is having guides that can effectively communicate this information to audiences, in a meaningful and enjoyable way. To that end, the training covered not only bird identification but also the core principles of environmental interpretation, utilizing curriculum developed by the National Association of Interpretation (NAI), based in the US [3].

Facilitating the training were interpretation and bird guiding professionals from Panama, Rick Morales and Beny Wilson. Assisting Rick and Beny were Lisa Sorenson, Executive Director of SCSCB, Holly Robertson, Project Manager of the CBT, and Anthony Jeremiah, Wildlife Conservation Officer with the Forestry and National Parks Department of Grenada.

The training provided time in the field, utilizing the distinct ecosystems of Grenada to demonstrate the relationship between birds and habitat. The excellent viewing platform at the Woburn-Clark’s Court Bay mangrove wetland provided an ideal location to learn to identify waterbirds and explain how they are uniquely adapted to find food in this wet and muddy environment. The Grand Etang Forest Reserve, an entirely different habitat, provided an opportunity to see Grenada’s special forest birds, and to demonstrate how guiding a group in the forest is much different than guiding them elsewhere. Other sites visited during the week were the coastal site of La Sagesse and dry thorn scrub habitat of Mt. Hartman, home of Grenada’s national bird, the critically endangered Grenada Dove.

The week culminated in a day of presentations, with the participants making use of their new knowledge to give a 10-minute talk tailored for a specific audience. The most outstanding presentations were ones that had a cohesive and clear message that was evident throughout the presentation. The best presentations also had elements of humor and whimsy, that captivated the group’s attention from start to finish and had everyone wanting to know more. Many participants were able to do this, and it was an extremely entertaining day!

The feedback on the training has been very positive from participants. One participant, Michael Bowen of Caribbean Horizons Tours, had this to say, “Before this workshop birds and the environment meant nothing to me…but all this has changed in the last five days. I am now ready to start doing something about what I learned.”

Anne Campbell, owner of Caribbean Horizons Tours, remarked, “This workshop was fantastic. It’s given us the tools to revamp the tours that we have, put more emphasis on interpretation, and of course add the bird tours which we think are a great means to help raise environmental awareness for our guests as well as our local visitors. So we are going to be targeting two markets and hope to be able to help and do something positive for Grenada, the environment, and still have fun doing it. Thanks a lot.”

“Ultimately, it is going to take practice and commitment on the part of the guides to keep honing their skills in bird identification, bird guiding and being an effective interpreter,” said CBT Project Manager, Holly Robertson. “With the training and the materials provided in the five days of the workshop, we are confident that the participants have what they need to get started and to begin incorporating birds into the tours that they give on the island. We look forward to continuing to work with them.”

The training was made possible by major funding support from the Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund and from local sponsors and partners, including the Grenada Forestry and National Parks Department, St. George’s University, McIntyre Brothers, Ltd, Blue Horizons Garden Resort, Caribbean Horizons, Grenada Fund for Conservation, the Grenada Dove Conservation Programme, and Optics for the Tropics.

The Caribbean Birding Trail Interpretive Guide Training Program will be made available in additional countries as the project continues to develop. The Caribbean Birding Trail and other important bird conservation issues will be the topic of conversation at the 19th Regional Meeting of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds from 27-31 July inclusive on the campus of St. George’s University in southwest Grenada. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together Caribbean and international wildlife professionals, ornithologists, educators, students and others to share their knowledge passion, and experiences, and participate in practical activities that promote applied conservation. Visit the conference website for more information: http://sites.google.com/site/scscbmeeting2013/home.

Press Release, Date: July 9th, 2013

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Bird Lovers Pay Attention!

The 19th Regional Meeting of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds will be held
27-31 July 2013
St. George’s University, Grenada
Theme: Bird Conservation in a Changing Climate

As a lead up to the birding conference which sees up to 300+ persons, Caribbean Horizons Guides will be part of the intensive bird guiding – training which will take place in June using experienced facilitators and research ornithologists as presenters. Our “graduation” will be to take the birders to the nesting sites of the Grenada Dove, Hookbilled Kite, Tattinger and other island species as well as the migratory ponds and lakes on the mid conference tours which also include Carriacou and Union Island!

Caribbean Horizons is assisting the organizers of the event with logistics and planning.

Call us if you would like to go to this meeting or register directly at the website:
https://sites.google.com/site/scscbmeeting2013/home

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Traditional Cross Harbour Swim

Last Saturday was the traditional Cross harbour swim from the Carenage in the town of St. George’s to world famous Grand Anse Beach in the south of the island.
The fastest time this year was 38 mins, the sea was choppy and it was windy!
Congratulations to Grenada’s top 2 swimmers who came 1st, in male Kerry Oliverre and female Oreoluwa Cherebin. They will be going on to Carifta swim meet later this month.
The event saw 73 entrants from 11 years to 70 years. This was also a good warm up for triathalon teams and iron men like Danny Donelan.

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Something for Everyone!

Grenada is getting ready for three great events in January!

Budget Marine Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament – 22 January – 26 January

Bill Fish Tournament

Bill Fish Tournament

The first event is the 44th Annual Budget Marine Spice Island Bill Fish Tournament, 22 January – 26 January. This prestigious event was first held in 1964 and has been running annually since then. Boats from other islands such as Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, St. Lucia and Martinique join with anglers from all over the world to experience the great fishing grounds in Grenada. The event is held at the Grenada Yacht Club, Lagoon Road, St. George’s with its great dock facilities, where docking is free and water, electricity and fuel are available to all the yachts. Blue and White Marlin, Spearfish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin are captured but released to be in line with modern conservation practices. For released billfish points are given by species instead of weight, a camera will confirm the capture. Three days of fishing and a lay day promise great fun and competition.

www.sibtgrenada.com/

 Grenada Sailing Week – 31 January – 5 February

The second event is the Grenada Sailing Week, 31 January – 5 February. For the past 20 years this regatta has been run by the Grenada Sailing Festival and the dates are marked in many regatta and race calendars. The event attracts yachts from all over the world, the races are competitive and challenging.

If you do not have your own boat, take the opportunity and book your space with one of the various charter companies that offer spaces on their boats. Port Louis Marina on Lagoon Road, St.George’s is the base of the regatta and offers all the facilities that make racing even more fun. Four days racing, one lay day in between and six nights of parties make this a great event!

www.grenadasailingweek.com

 United Insurance Work Boat Regatta – 2nd & 3rd February

Work Boat Regatta Grenada

Work Boat Regatta

The third event in this series of three is the United Insurance Work Boat Regatta, 1st – 3rd February. The 20th Work Boat Regatta will be staged on the famous Grand Anse Beach with two days of spectacular racing in wooden, bamboo rigged boats. The fishing communities of Grand Mal, Gouyave, Sauteurs, Woburn and the sister islands Carriacou and Petit Martinique will compete against each other and guarantee exciting races. This event is very traditional with its colorful boats with unique names, ‘Full Force’, ‘Unity’, ‘Young Stunners’ to just name a few. The atmosphere is carnival-like with a lot of food, fun, music and great racing. This is a ‘must see’ event!

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A son of the soil’s service to Country and Tourism recognised

Grenada Hotel and Tourism Association (GHTA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary at Spice Island Beach Resort on Saturday 15th December 2012 and honored distinguished son of the soil Sir John Augustus Watts KCMG for his years of service to his country and in particular to Grenada’s Tourism.

Present at the ceremony were the Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean and Lady Glean, Prime Minister Hon. Tilman Thomas, leader of the Opposition, Dr Keith Mitchell, Minister of Tourism Dr George Vincent and the President of GHTA Mr Ian DaBreo as well as past presidents, board members and members of the association and the Press.

The evenings host, owner of Spice Island Beach Resort, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG gave a synopsis of Sir John’s years of service to Grenada, recognising him as being the driving force in persuading the hoteliers in 1962 to form the Hotel Association and then of Sir John himself becoming President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization that same year. Dr Watts as he was then known, was a Charter Member and the driving force behind the formation of the Rotary Club of Grenada, holding the post of District Governor for the Caribbean and parts of South America for two years. Sir Royston gave an example of Sir John’s unstinting commitment , stating how Sir John gave up his dental practice in Grenada for two years and moved to Trinidad where the airlift was available to fulfill his duties as district Governor which involved traveling throughout the region and internationally. He stated that when you talked Tourism, John Watts and Gert Protain were the Grenadians you thought of.

Earlier in his career, Sir John with his friend Herbert Blaize started the Grenada National Party (GNP). Dr Keith Mitchell in his congratulatory speech made mention of his bid for leadership of the party in 1989 when he ran against Herbert Blaize, noting that Sir John, unlike many of his peers, was the one person who stated, “Let Democracy prevail” when he wrested leadership from Mr Blaize, which led to the formation of the New National Party.

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Prime Minister Tillman Thomas handing over the congratulatory plaque to Sir John

Past President of GHTA and CTO, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, GHTA President Mr Ian DaBreo, Dr Keith Mitchell leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean KCMG, Sir John Watts KCMG, Tourism Minister Dr Geroge Vincent, Prime Minister Mr Tillman Thomas, Past President of GHTA Mr Leo Garbutt.

Past President of GHTA and CTO, Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, GHTA President Mr Ian DaBreo, Dr Keith Mitchell leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition, Governor General Sir Carlyle Glean KCMG, Sir John Watts KCMG, Tourism Minister Dr Geroge Vincent, Prime Minister Mr Tillman Thomas, Past President of GHTA Mr Leo Garbutt.

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Do you know these plants?

Some time ago we asked you if you know these two plants

Yellow Shampoo Ginger

Yellow Shampoo Ginger

Red Costus

Red Costus

The flower on the left is a Yellow Shampoo Ginger, the one on the right side is a Red Costus.
Both flowers belong to the Ginger Family. Ginger or ginger root is a rhizome. Many of these decorative plants are often used in landscaping.
Edible or “root ginger” is used as a healthy spice in many Caribbean dishes, candies, teas and juices.
Fresh ginger root can be sliced, chopped or grated. Fresh ginger tastes very different to dried ground ginger. This is good to know if you search for recipes that use fresh ginger. You can not substitute fresh ginger with ground ginger.
In Grenada we use Ginger in our traditional ‘Christmas Sorrel Drink’. Sorrel can be bought fresh at the market.

Christmas Sorrel Drink

Wash and clean the sorrel.
Take a big enough pot and put the sorrel and any spices you want to use (bay leaves, cloves, cinnamon and fresh ginger) and cover it with a few inches of water.
Boil it, leave to cool and steep overnight in a non metal container, strain and sweeten to taste.
You can also serve this with rum.
Please note: if you boil it too long you loose the sorrel flavor, but you will get maximum color. Use glass or plastic to steep and to store.
Let us know if you would like to share your ginger recipes with us!

Sorrel

Sorrel

Fresh Ginger

Fresh Ginger

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