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  • 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
  • New Scales March 22, 2011 Reptiles invade the Turks & Caicos Islands Story & Photos By R. Graham Reynolds & Matthew L. Niemiller The Turks & Caicos have a very special group of animals that are native to the Islands—the reptile “belongers.” From the regal Rock Iguana to the radiant Rainbow Boa, the ten species of native terrestrial reptiles play a major ... Read more about this post
  • Mangrove Madness January 12, 2011 Challenging the TCI to make a stand . . . of mangroves! Story & Photos By Marsha Pardee, Marine Ecologist This is a story about a little seed of inspiration that culminated in the spoils of an environmental travesty. This is a story about propagating that seed into a multifaceted plan to help maintain environmental integrity. This ... Read more about this post
  • Turtle Travels Unraveled January 12, 2011 “Stay at home” turtles are valuable to boosting local populations. By Peter Richardson, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Marine Conservation Society In recent decades, scientists have discovered more and more about the amazing navigational ability of marine turtles. Through satellite tracking we have recorded epic migrations of female turtles making journeys of thousands of kilometres from nesting beaches to ... Read more about this post
  • Where Do All the Babies Go? January 12, 2011 Understanding the biology of juvenile Rainbow Boas By R. Graham Reynolds and Cory Deal It’s a beautiful autumn evening in North Caicos, a perfect time to relax on a porch or take a walk on the beach. A warm rain begins as the sun goes down, perhaps suggesting that indoor activities would be more appropriate. But Cory ... Read more about this post
  • Seedy Seafarers October 19, 2010 Plants travel as seeds – by air, land and, amazingly, sea. Story & Photos By B. Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist Plants do not generally move around on their own accord as adults, but seeds can be amazing travellers. Seeds are small enough that they are a plant’s chance to move its species around, and most plants ... Read more about this post
  • Little Islands, Little Plants June 29, 2010 Some of the TCI’s native plants make it their business to be small and cryptic. By B. Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist Tom Hanks and I have something in common. Both of us have found ourselves “cast away” on some very tiny islands during our careers, and both of us have established solid friendships there with nonhuman friends ... Read more about this post
  • The Inconsiderate Sailor June 29, 2010 Meet one of the most eccentrically fascinating, yet obnoxious, animals in the sea. By B. Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist Photos By Marlon Hibbert and Eric Salamanca Anyone who spends time in nature and gets to know our fellow earth inhabitants quickly learns that human manners, while shamefully rare within our own kind, certainly stop at our species’ borders. ... Read more about this post
  • Lady Liza, Donkey of Kew April 23, 2010 North Caicos’ last donkey is a symbol of a bygone era and changing world. By B. Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist North Caicos’ last donkey is a symbol of a bygone era and changing world. By B. Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist Kew Settlement in North Caicos is a small town – perhaps a tiny town; for even calling it a ... Read more about this post
  • The Incredible Journey April 23, 2010 Suzie the celebrity Green turtle comes home after a 3,700 mile trip! By Peter B. Richardson, Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Suzie the celebrity Green turtle comes home after a 3,700 mile trip! By Peter B. Richardson, Marine Conservation Society (MCS) On January 27, 2010, Suzie, an adult female Green turtle and the first turtle to be fitted with a ... 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

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Agile LeVin grew up in the Turks & Caicos Islands and has a keen eye for capturing the country’s natural beauty. This aerial shot depicts kayakers exploring Mangrove Cay, a very well-known kayaking and paddle boarding location near Leeward on Providenciales, part of the Princess Alexandra Nature Reserve. To see more of Agile’s work, go to visittci.com.

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