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  • Fingerprinting Whales July 8, 2019
    Using whale sightings by citizen scientists in the Turks & Caicos Islands By Cathy E. Bacon M.Sc., Mithriel M. MacKay Ph.D., and Katharine Hart M.Sc. Photos By Katharine Hart, Deep Blue Charters, Grand Turk There are few places in the world like the Turks & Caicos Islands where humans can enter the water and photograph some of the ...
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  • Land of the Giants March 11, 2019
    Some of the world’s largest single-celled organisms come from TCI. Story & Photos By Franziska Elmer, Ph.D., School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies The islands of Turks & Caicos are home to many astonishing flora and fauna. Today I would like to introduce four very special species of TCI algae to you: the sailor’s ...
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  • Ban the Bag March 6, 2019
    By Amy Avenant, DECR Environment Outreach Coordinator Single-use plastic shopping bags will soon be removed from supermarkets and shops across the TCI. The government-approved import ban will come into effect from January 1, 2019, with a ban on the use of single- use plastic bags by retailers to come into effect on May 1, 2019. There ...
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  • Hope for TCI’s Future December 14, 2018
    Climate change resilience and East Caicos coral reefs. By Kathleen Wood, Don Stark and Marsha Pardee In January 2017, the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF), in association with SWA Environmental and Marine Environmental Services (MES), received a Swift Small Grant from the European Union’s BEST 2.0 Project. Entitled “East Caicos KBA’s Corals and Coasts: A Key ...
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  • Keeping Turtles Out of Trouble September 13, 2018
    Local watersports company hosts turtle tagging expeditions. Copy By Marine Conservations Society (www.mcsuk.org) Photo By Marta Morton The Turks & Caicos Islands Turtle Project is working for better management of the marine turtle populations found in the TCI. Through groundbreaking biological and social research, this collaborative project aims to involve the TCI Government and fishermen in the management ...
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  • An Unexpected Landing September 13, 2018
    Least bittern is a new bird record for TCI. By B Naqqi Manco, DECR Terrestrial Ecologist Islands are a challenge to reach for many animals, but not for most birds. While we have a known resident avifauna, we are also visited by both migrants, which visit seasonally, and vagrants, which visit occasionally. Sometimes birds are lost, or blown ...
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  • Straws Suck! July 4, 2018
    DECR hopes to keep the “NO STRAWS” campaign going year-round. By Amy Avenant, DECR Environment Outreach Coordinator The Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) has just wrapped up a successful “NO STRAW” campaign during the annual Greening TCI Month. But why attack the humble straw? Well, as it turns out, straws aren’t as innocent as they ...
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  • Killing Them Softly July 4, 2018
    The potential harm to coral reefs caused by sunscreen. By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund and Autumn Blum, Chief Executive Officer, Stream2Sea Photo By Heidi Hertler Everyone knows that pollution—petroleum products, plastic, sewage, etc.—is harmful to coral reefs.Fewer people know that something we do every day (or should do) is also polluting lakes and oceans ...
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  • Piping Plover Persevere April 4, 2018
    How did the hurricanes affect shorebirds of conservation concern? By Eric F. Salamanca*, Elise Elliot-Smith**, Caleb Spiegel***, Jen Rock‡, Beth MacDonald, Kathleen McNary Wood‡‡‡, B Naqqi Manco*, Katharine Hart* and Nicole Caesar* *Department of Environment and Coastal Resources, Turks & Caicos Islands **US Geological Survey , ***US Fish and Wildlife Service, ‡Environment and Climate Change Canada, ‡‡SWA Environmental Photos By Dr. ...
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  • Tracking Those Teens! April 4, 2018
    Following sea turtle migration via satellite. By Katharine Hart and Dr. Peter Richardson They have it down to an art. One stands on the bow of the boat, the other is poised to kick the boat into gear. Both are scanning the crystal clear water for dark shadows that show any sign of movement. Someone shouts that ...
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  • To the RESCQ January 29, 2018
    Saving Grand Turk’s precious coral after the hurricanes. Story & Photos By Don Stark, Chairman, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund In September 2017, back-to-back hurricanes severely damaged the island of Grand Turk (as well as other islands in the Turks & Caicos). But not all the damage was readily visible. At the southern tip of Grand Turk, ...
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  • Go Gently January 29, 2018
    The delicate nature of coral reefs. By Dr. Aaron C. Henderson & Dr. Heidi Hertler, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos ~ Photos By Dr. Heidi Hertler Coral reefs are perhaps the most visually stunning ecosystems in the marine environment. Often described as the “rainforests of the sea,” they abound with colourful ...
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  • The Wonder Tree October 11, 2017
    Moringa abounds in the Turks & Caicos Islands. By Eric F. Salamanca, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Research & Development; Ethan Griesbach, MSc., Acting Director/Deputy Director; and Bryan Manco, Environmental Officer, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources ~ Photos By Dr. Eric F. Salamanca The Moringa tree can be found in the farms, residential backyards and landscaping of resorts ...
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  • Tree of Death June 19, 2017
    The dangerous machineel tree is thriving in Turks & Caicos. By Eric F. Salamanca, Bryan Manco and John Claydon, Department of Environment & Coastal Resources, and Kathleen Wood, SWA Environment Photos By Eric F. Salamanca The manchineel tree, scientifically known as Hippomane mancinella of the family Euphorbiaceae, is considered by the Guinness Book of World Records as the ...
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  • The Good Shark June 19, 2017
    Shark research in the Turks & Caicos Islands. By Dr. Aaron C. Henderson and Camilla Smith, School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Photos By Camilla Smith The public perception of sharks has shifted dramatically over the last couple of decades. Whereas they were once portrayed as bloodthirsty monsters, spawning the adage, “The only ...
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