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  • A Heart for Conservation October 3, 2013 Bryan “Naqqi” Manco wins well-deserved Blue Turtle Award. By Kathleen Wood, Director, DEMA Integrity and curiosity are the two attributes that stood out when I first met Bryan Manco (known to most as “Naqqi”) 13 years ago, when he had just returned to the Turks & Caicos to work for the UKOCTF’s/National Trust’s Darwin Biodiversity Project on ... Read more about this post
  • In Search of a Silver Lining October 3, 2013 The community reacts to the White Cloud tragedy at Northwest Point. By Richard Green On the morning of April Fool’s Day 2013, Art Pickering approached the pristine reefs off the western end of Providenciales and couldn’t believe his eyes. Anchored between the popular Amphitheatre and Chimney dive sites was the 200+ foot megayacht White Cloud, more than ... Read more about this post
  • Time for a Check-Up June 18, 2013 Coral reef health: then and now By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund During the summer of 2001, we spent three months living on Providenciales and diving nearly every weekend. During nearly all those dives, we shot video of the dive sites. We have had the opportunity to dive most of those sites again in ... Read more about this post
  • Bragging Rights June 18, 2013 Taking on native orchid propagation by seed flasking. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs Several years ago, I attended an orchid show in Tampa, where orchid growers and the orchid product marketers who follow them gathered to display and sell their finest plants. The rich chocolate scent of a maroon-spotted-white ... Read more about this post
  • To Seek & Save the Lost March 12, 2013 Final “missing” endemic plant found on Grand Turk Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager The Turks & Caicos Islands have nine species of native plants that are found nowhere else on Earth —they are unique to, or in biological terms endemic to the Turks & Caicos Islands. Of these nine plants, ... Read more about this post
  • The Long Journey Home March 12, 2013 Captive endangered turtles return to the sea. By Kathleen Wood, Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs ~ Photos By Amdeep Sanghera, TCI Turtle Project For ten endangered sea turtles—six green turtles and four hawksbills—it was a long journey from a fisher’s boat back to the sea, but on January 30, 2013, they finally swam home, thanks to ... Read more about this post
  • To the Rescue! January 19, 2013 DEMA’s Rescue & Collection of Endangered & Endemic Plants Project. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager The “bush” in the Turks & Caicos Islands has frequently been under-valued. Often it is maligned as a dense, mosquito-infested, poisonwood-itchy thicket. But this tropical dry forest hosts high levels of species diversity, much of ... Read more about this post
  • Go Gilbert and David! October 4, 2012 Turks & Caicos Islands teenage turtles leave home. By Dr. Peter Richardson, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Marine Conservation Society You may remember Suzie, the adult female Green turtle and the first turtle to be satellite tracked in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Suzie amazed us all with her incredible 3,700 mile return journey through the territories of 15 ... Read more about this post
  • A Burning Desire October 4, 2012 TCI’s first controlled burn in the pine yard a success. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager The Caicos Pine Recovery Project (CPRP), overseen by the Department of Environment & Maritime Affairs (DEMA), completed the first controlled burn in TCI’s pine yards on May 9, 2012. The burn was supervised by foresters ... Read more about this post
  • Hidden Stories June 26, 2012 Trees and the charting of Lucayan histories. By Joanna Ostapkowicz, B. Naqqi Mango, Mike Richards and Alex Wiedenhoeft Wood is a remarkable medium, revealing in its carved surface not only the artists’ intention, but more subtly, the tree’s unique history. Its coloring, grain and growth rings mark its age and how the tree grew. Other aspects, invisible ... Read more about this post
  • Waving a Blue Flag March 2, 2012 TCI’s “Beautiful by Nature” beaches are now certified. By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (www.TCReef.org) Everyone who spends any time in the Turks & Caicos, and especially on Grace Bay, knows that these islands have some of the best beaches in the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean. And that’s not just local bragging. Grace Bay ... Read more about this post
  • Dreams of Pine Cones Aplenty January 14, 2012 National tree produces bumper crop of seeds. By B Naqqi Manco, Caicos Pine Recovery Project Manager There was a buzzing of emails back and forth between Caicos Pine Recovery Project partners in October as Nursery Caretaker Junel “Flash” Blaise and I cleaned and counted seeds from this year’s pine cone collections. The number of seeds was unexpectedly ... Read more about this post
  • Simple Truths October 19, 2011 Our actions taken now can have a ripple effect on the world. Story, Photos and Illustrations By Liz Cunningham Twenty years ago I flew into the Turks & Caicos Islands, arriving in a small, wind-blown airport. A newly certified scuba diver, I went to Providenciales’ Northwest Point and dove amongst the brilliantly colored reefs that fringe ... Read more about this post
  • It’s a Bird . . . June 6, 2011 Birding takes flight in the Turks & Caicos Islands By B. Naqqi Manco, DECR As a child, I was not exactly popular, and by the definition of many of my classmates, downright eccentric. Rather than spending my allowance on new fashionable shoes, designer jeans or collectable cards, I spent it at the feed store. I would arrive ... Read more about this post
  • Saving the Salinas March 22, 2011 Two Grand Turk salinas gain Protected Area Status By Jodi Johnson, Environmental Officer, DECR Since the inception of the National Parks Ordinance of 1975 (and its subsequent amendments in 1992), the salinas of Grand Turk have been overlooked as part of the Protected Area System despite their size, comprising the largest total area of salt ponds in ... Read more about this post

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