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  • Oh, Christmas Palm January 1, 2009 mega millions numbers Helping to ensure the palms are “present” in TCI’s future. By B. Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust Photos Courtesy Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and TCI National Trust Call me a Scrooge. I’ve never been big on Christmas. The consumerism, the materialism, the mad rush at supermarkets and ... Read more about this post
  • The Creepy-Crawly Life September 1, 2008 Story & Photos By B. Naqqi Manco The Turks & Caicos Islands are blissfully free of dangerous land animals. Our largest native land animal is a humble vegetarian, the Turks & Caicos Rock Iguana. No large predators lurk in the bush. Our three small snake species are all non-venomous and shy. Possibly the only creature throughout ... Read more about this post
  • The Crustacean Invasion June 1, 2008 Great Blue land crabs are a tasty terror! Story & Photos By B. Naqqi Manco, Sr. Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust They come every year. The spring rains awaken them and the Islands are subject to the onslaught of a creepy crustacean invasion. Most welcome these creatures, but I’m still working on feeling anything but ... Read more about this post
  • Where People & Iguanas Meet April 1, 2008 A Trip to Little Water Cay By Jonathan Sayao, T & C National Trust Education Officer Photo By Brian Riggs Listed among the Turks & Caicos Islands’ must-see places to visit is Little Water Cay, popularly known as Iguana Island. This 116-acre cay lies just off the eastern end of Providenciales and has two small ... Read more about this post
  • Reef Rehab April 1, 2008 Two popular snorkeling trails get a spring cleaning. Story & Photos By Richard Green Jr. After guiding thousands of people around Smith’s Reef and Bight Reef snorkel trails for a decade, the educational trail markers circling the popular Providenciales nearshore patch reefs have been treated to a much needed cleaning, thanks to two of ... Read more about this post
  • Leaving Our Mark April 1, 2008 An environmental history of the Turks & Caicos Islands. Story & Photos By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre In 2001, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government signed an important and far reaching document. The Environmental Charter (see page 59) outlined TCI’s commitment to the environment and conservation efforts on behalf of all the ... Read more about this post
  • Clues on Middle Caicos January 1, 2008 What can the Conch Bar cave system tell us about sea levels in the past? By Gina E. Mosely M.Sc., School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK with Professor Peter L. Smart and Dr. David A. Richards Reports on climate change and its effects are becoming a regular occurrence within the media as researchers try to ... Read more about this post
  • Much Ado About Nothing? January 1, 2008 You decide:  an argument for change. By Marlon Hibbert, Scientific Monitoring Officer, DECR As the year 2007 draws to a close, the world is turning its attention to Bali, Indonesia where countries will meet under the United Nations banner to forge a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 international treaty designed to ... Read more about this post
  • A Margin of Safety September 1, 2007 Restoring mangroves in the Turks & Caicos Islands By Eric Salamanca, Scientific Officer, DECR Photo By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre The world was shocked when a tsunami struck the coasts of southeast Asia in December 2004. More than 200,000 people were believed to have died as a result of the sea surge and a ... Read more about this post
  • A Home Away From Home September 1, 2007 TCI’s ReefBall coral relocation project makes transplantation a success. Story & Photos By Christopher Guglielmo Imagine yourself snorkeling off the beach in the perfect turquoise waters of Providenciales’ Grace Bay. You pass a patch of turtle grass where conch and sand dollars line the bottom. You get a bit further out, past several stands ... Read more about this post
  • Pining Over Extinction June 1, 2007 Can TCI protect its National Tree from an introduced pest? By B. Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, TCI National Trust and Martin Hamilton, UK Overseas Territories Programme, Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Biologists often ponder what thoughts were going through the minds of the people who witnessed the death of the last member of an entire species. ... Read more about this post
  • The Tale of Mr. T April 1, 2007 By Marsha Pardee The story began on a silent night when a lone mother was forced to leave her future babes on a washed out stretch of sand. The saga unfolds with a rescued nest, followed by a joyous night of tiny turtles scrambling for the surf and of at least one survivor that lives with ... Read more about this post
  • The Electric Reef January 1, 2007 A new technology offers hope for coral reef preservation. By Brian Riggs, Fernando Perez and Dr. Thomas Goreau While the Turks & Caicos Islands still have some of the best remaining coral reef in the Caribbean region, it is clear from recent fieldwork that even our corals are slowly declining due to episodic damage and progressive increases ... Read more about this post
  • Our Boa Belongers September 1, 2006 Everything you wanted to know about Turks & Caicos snakes. By Bryan Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust Although animals have coexisted with humans on the planet since we first met, only certain animals have made such an impact on the minds of humans that they are known around the world as a ... Read more about this post
  • Coral Bleaching June 1, 2006 Bad news and (a little) good news for Turks & Caicos reefs. By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre Photos By Tatum Fisher, Science Officer, DECR Many observant scuba divers have noticed and reported to the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) an apparent increase in the amount of coral bleaching on Turks & Caicos reefs. These ... Read more about this post

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Photographer Marta Morton took a much-anticipated trip to Salt Cay in early April, where, among some 5,000 pictures, she captured this intriguing shot of the island’s iconic donkeys. You will find more of Marta’s beautiful photography throughout this issue and atPhotographer Agile LeVin captured this magnificent shot of freediver Samantha Kildegaard, of Free Dive With Me, at Malcolm’s Road Beach on Providenciales. Agile, who grew up and currently resides in Turks & Caicos, has been turning his camera to the country’s beauty for most of his life. He, along with his brother Daniel, produce Visit TCI , a website filled with comprehensive and current information about the Islands.

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