Natural History

  • Talking Taino: Boat Trips June 1, 2006 Surviving in an ocean environment links all TCI inhabitants as one. By Betsy Carlson and Bill Keegan Life on an island is just not possible without boats. The history of the Turks & Caicos, both prehistorically and historically, is linked to the ability to build boats and navigate the oceans successfully. Not just anybody can go out and ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: Birds of a Feather January 1, 2006 By Dr. Bill Keegan and Dr. Betsy Carlson Photos by Richard Ground . But that day when they washed, they saw fall from ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: Obeah and Zombies September 1, 2005 The African Connection By Dr. Bill Keegan and Dr. Betsy Carlson Whenever we visit the Turks & Caicos we try to get together with our old friend, Chuck Hesse (Caicos Conch Farm). And every time we see Chuck he promotes his belief that Africans were living in the Islands prior to the arrival of the Spanish. The case ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: If You Like Pina Coladas… June 1, 2005 By Dr. Betsy Carlson and Dr. Bill Keegan Pineapple and coconut are an interesting combination. While the former comes from the Americas, the latter was introduced from Southeast Asia (via the Canary Islands) by the Spanish. The Spanish believed that coconuts had “the most palatable taste of all things one can find on earth.” They also ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: Starry, Starry Night April 1, 2005 By Dr. Bill Keegan and Dr. Betsy Carlson Jacques Derrida is dead. He died on October 9, 2004 at the age of 74. Derrida was a French philosopher who recognized the importance of language in shaping our perception of the world around us. He pioneered a field of critical theory called deconstructionism. The approach argues that ... Read more about this post
  • Keeping An Eye on the Birds January 1, 2005 By Sara J. Kaufman Bird watching in the Turks & Caicos Islands is as easy as letting your eyes drift along the shore. From the tiny scurrying sandpipers and plovers at the water’s edge to the majestic frigatebirds and osprey gracefully floating far above, TCI’s birds are numerous, varied and plentiful. The Ramsar Wetland, an International Biodiversity ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: Eat Roots and Leave January 1, 2005 Story & Photos By Dr. Bill Keegan and Dr. Betsy Carlson The Tainos were an agricultural people. We estimate that they cultivated or managed more than 80 different plants that provided foods, medicines for their ailments, and fibers for nets, rope and hammocks. Taino agriculture was not like anything that Europeans had seen before. While the ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: Eats, Shoots & Leaves September 1, 2004 Story & Photos By Dr. Bill Keegan and Dr. Betsy Carlson The Turks & Caicos Islands are a great place to take a vacation. One of the most common vacation activities is lying on the beach and reading a good book. In this regard, let us suggest Lynne Truss’s book: Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Gotham Books, ... Read more about this post
  • Island Hoppers September 1, 2004 Story & Photos By B. Naqqi Manco, Conservation Officers, Turks & Caicos National Trust Island ecology is a fascinating subject. Plant and animal species typically arrive on islands after leaving, or being taken from, larger continental homes. When introduced onto an island, a plant or animal species may find that the conditions are not suitable there, and ... Read more about this post

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Hobbyist photographer and Assistant Director for Research & Development at the TCI Department of Environment & Coastal Resources Dr. Eric F. Salamanca took this rare photo of a Bahama Woodstar hummingbird enjoying the nectar of Moringa flowers.

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