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  • 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
  • Heat Monsters February 11, 2010 Tracking Hurricanes Hanna and Ike. By Marlon Hibbert, Scientific Officer, DECR It is no secret that 2008 was an extraordinary year for the Turks & Caicos Islands. During a one week period we suffered the onslaught of two major hurricanes. They wreaked havoc on the people of the Islands and came at a time when the global ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • A Promising Prognosis June 1, 2009 Tackling TCI’s turtle fishery. By Peter Richardson, Biodiversity Programme Manager, Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Humans have hunted turtles in the Turks & Caicos Islands for centuries. Yet turtles still thrive here, in good numbers too. With their extensive, pristine coral reefs and vast swathes of seagrass beds, lagoons and tidal creeks, the low lying Turks & Caicos ... Read more about this post

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Photographer Marta Morton used her small Canon SX720HS “point and shoot” camera (with a great 40X optical zoom) to photograph this lovely early Winter sunset over Grace Bay Beach, with the high cirrus clouds tracing a feathery pattern in the sky.

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