Winter 2009 – 2010

  • Flushing Out the Facts February 11, 2010 The story of Columbus and the tortoise bone toilet seat. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson Mr. Christopher Columbus Sailed the sea without a compass Well, when his men began a rumpus Up spoke Christopher Columbus He said, “There is land somewhere So until we get there we will not go wrong If we sing a swing song Since the world is round, we’ll ... Read more about this post
  • Lock, Stock & Barrel February 11, 2010 Abundant “musket furniture” gave the Ft. George site a distinct military flavor. Story, Photos & Illustrations By Dr. Donald Keith The sheer variety of artifacts found during our work on Ft. George and in collections donated to the Museum is surprising: plain and fancy tableware, iron fasteners and hardware, brass and pewter buttons, glass bottles and drinking ... Read more about this post
  • Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? February 11, 2010 Button artifacts provide clues to the tale of Ft. George Cay. Story & Photos By Dr. Neal V. Hitch, Director, Turks & Caicos National Museum Buttons. They are intriguing to me. There have been many buttons found on Ft. George Cay. Many of these are now in the collection of the National Museum. Some are still in ... Read more about this post
  • Pine Cay Pioneers February 11, 2010 Although recent field work revealed more Ft. George history, will time run out? By Dr. Donald Keith, Trustee, Turks & Caicos National Museum & President, Ships of Discovery November 7, 2009 marked the end of our two weeks of field work on Ft. George Cay. It was a little sad to backfill the test excavations, take down ... Read more about this post
  • Sleeping Splendor, Safeguarded Survival February 11, 2010 Seed banking protects native plants from future perils. By B. Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust Deep inside an underground fortification, with thick concrete walls, little light, and frigid temperatures, something sleeps. The slumbering one lies with others of its kind, waiting . . . and they may wait for a year, or ... Read more about this post
  • In the Business of Selling Seafood February 11, 2010 The Caicos Pride seafood plant takes proactive steps to stay competitive. By Tara Malcolm, Quality Assurance Manager, Caicos Pride Ltd. The spiny lobster (Panulirus argus) is an important resource for the Turks & Caicos Islands and even more so for South Caicos. The “Big South,” as the island is affectionately known, is known as the fishing capital ... Read more about this post
  • Cedar Trees: Friend or Foe? February 11, 2010 What impact does the Australian pine have on the local plant community? Story & Photos By Chloe Hardman Tall trees waving in the winds are a common sight along the beautiful beaches of the Turks & Caicos. Locally known as the cedar, these trees offer pleasant shade. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these trees ... Read more about this post
  • Bringing the Past to Life February 11, 2010 Historic restoration plays a part in preserving the Islands’ rich heritage. By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos Courtesy Lee & Astwood Architects Anyone who is familiar with the Turks & Caicos Islands knows that this tiny archipelago holds a rich history. Most apparent when you visit the “Salt Islands” of Grand Turk, Salt Cay and South Caicos is ... Read more about this post
  • Pampered in Provo February 11, 2010 A sampling of Providenciales’ sybartic – and healthful – spa pleasures. By Kathy Borsuk & Claire Parrish ~ Photos By Claire Parrish When Claire and I decided to visit many of the spas in Providenciales for this feature, I inwardly cringed. I’m a wash ‘n’ ready, no-frills gal who was brought up to believe that hard work ... Read more about this post
  • The Elusive Heather February 11, 2010 Searching for the TCI’s National Flower. Story & Photos By Sophie Williams As a botany student in the UK, I regularly see the beautiful purple heathers covering the hillsides and dominating the landscape. When I was offered the opportunity to study the Turks & Caicos heather, I was excited and eager to see an endemic species of ... Read more about this post
  • A Dash of Culture February 11, 2010 The Saltmills business complex pays homage to TCI heritage. By Kathy Borsuk ~ Photos By Claire Parrish Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay are traditionally known as the Turks & Caicos’ “Salt Islands.” Their vast salinas, into which seawater was pumped via windmill through a series of sluices for evaporation into high quality sea salt ... Read more about this post
  • Rare & Wonderful February 11, 2010 Studying the charismatic white spotted eagle ray populations of South Caicos. Story & Photos By Jan Lupton Venture on a dive or snorkel in the beautiful seas surrounding the Turks & Caicos Islands and you may be treated to an encounter with one or more white spotted eagle rays gracefully flying through the water. In contrast to ... 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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