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  • Reef Rehab April 1, 2008 Two popular snorkeling trails get a spring cleaning. Story & Photos By Richard Green Jr. After guiding thousands of people around Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef snorkel trails for a decade, the educational trail markers circling the popular Providenciales nearshore patch reefs have been treated to a much needed cleaning, thanks to two of ... Read more about this post
  • Leaving Our Mark April 1, 2008 An environmental history of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Story & Photos By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre In 2001, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government signed an important and far reaching document. The Environmental Charter (see page 59) outlined TCI’s commitment to the environment and conservation efforts on behalf of all the ... Read more about this post
  • Clues on Middle Caicos January 1, 2008 What can the Conch Bar cave system tell us about sea levels in the past? By Gina E. Mosely M.Sc., School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK with Professor Peter L. Smart and Dr. David A. Richards Reports on climate change and its effects are becoming a regular occurrence within the media as researchers try to ... Read more about this post
  • Much Ado About Nothing? January 1, 2008 You decide:  an argument for change. By Marlon Hibbert, Scientific Monitoring Officer, DECR As the year 2007 draws to a close, the world is turning its attention to Bali, Indonesia where countries will meet under the United Nations banner to forge a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 international treaty designed to ... Read more about this post
  • A Margin of Safety September 1, 2007 Restoring mangroves in the Turks & Caicos Islands By Eric Salamanca, Scientific Officer, DECR Photo By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre The world was shocked when a tsunami struck the coasts of southeast Asia in December 2004. More than 200,000 people were believed to have died as a result of the sea surge and a ... Read more about this post
  • A Home Away From Home September 1, 2007 TCI’s ReefBall coral relocation project makes transplantation a success. Story & Photos By Christopher Guglielmo Imagine yourself snorkeling off the beach in the perfect turquoise waters of Providenciales’ Grace Bay. You pass a patch of turtle grass where conch and sand dollars line the bottom. You get a bit further out, past several stands ... Read more about this post
  • Pining Over Extinction June 1, 2007 Can TCI protect its National Tree from an introduced pest? By B. Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, TCI National Trust and Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories Programme, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Biologists often ponder what thoughts were going through the minds of the people who witnessed the death of the last member of an entire species. ... Read more about this post
  • The Tale of Mr. T April 1, 2007 By Marsha Pardee The story began on a silent night when a lone mother was forced to leave her future babes on a washed out stretch of sand. The saga unfolds with a rescued nest, followed by a joyous night of tiny turtles scrambling for the surf and of at least one survivor that lives with ... Read more about this post
  • The Electric Reef January 1, 2007 A new technology offers hope for coral reef preservation. By Brian Riggs, Fernando Perez and Dr. Thomas Goreau While the Turks & Caicos Islands still have some of the best remaining coral reef in the Caribbean region, it is clear from recent fieldwork that even our corals are slowly declining due to episodic damage and progressive increases ... Read more about this post
  • Our Boa Belongers September 1, 2006 Everything you wanted to know about Turks & Caicos snakes. By Bryan Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust Although animals have coexisted with humans on the planet since we first met, only certain animals have made such an impact on the minds of humans that they are known around the world as a ... Read more about this post
  • Coral Bleaching June 1, 2006 Bad news and (a little) good news for Turks & Caicos reefs. By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre Photos By Tatum Fisher, Science Officer, DECR Many observant scuba divers have noticed and reported to the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) an apparent increase in the amount of coral bleaching on Turks & Caicos reefs. These ... Read more about this post
  • Handle With Care January 1, 2006 Story and Photos By Aaron Henderson, Resident Lecturer, School for Field Studies Sharks have inhabited the planet for millions of years and are one of the oldest groups of animals found on earth today. During this time, their evolutionary adaptations have allowed them to inhabit most of the ocean’s habitats, ranging from shallow coastal waters to the ... Read more about this post
  • Happy Landing! January 1, 2006 Story and Photos By Margaret Jones Discovering Monk Orchids (Oeceoclades maculata) growing wild on Providenciales was a joyful experience. I found them secluded in leaf litter under shady native trees, close to the edge of a side road. From time to time I revisited the habitat to check on them. Undisturbed, they blossomed and increased in ... Read more about this post
  • An Unexpected Visitor September 1, 2005 By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre When Lisa Wandres, who lives in Grand Turk, took her dog Scooter down to South Creek for a walk on Saturday morning, April 23, she expected to see the usual things you can see there: birds, bonefish, crabs and mosquitoes. It’s a quiet spot, the South Creek, and quite ... Read more about this post
  • The Meaning of Sanctuary: It’s for the Birds September 1, 2005 Story and Photos By Kathleen McNary Wood There are no places left on earth that are not altered by man and his activities. As time ebbs and flows, a tide of change has swept across the planet. Gone are the days when man battled against nature only to maintain a fragile foothold on existence. We are ... Read more about this post

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