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  • 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
  • Handle With Care January 1, 2006 Story and Photos By Aaron Henderson, Resident Lecturer, School for Field Studies Sharks have inhabited the planet for millions of years and are one of the oldest groups of animals found on earth today. During this time, their evolutionary adaptations have allowed them to inhabit most of the ocean’s habitats, ranging from shallow coastal waters to the ... Read more about this post
  • Happy Landing! January 1, 2006 Story and Photos By Margaret Jones Discovering Monk Orchids (Oeceoclades maculata) growing wild on Providenciales was a joyful experience. I found them secluded in leaf litter under shady native trees, close to the edge of a side road. From time to time I revisited the habitat to check on them. Undisturbed, they blossomed and increased in ... Read more about this post
  • An Unexpected Visitor September 1, 2005 By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre When Lisa Wandres, who lives in Grand Turk, took her dog Scooter down to South Creek for a walk on Saturday morning, April 23, she expected to see the usual things you can see there: birds, bonefish, crabs and mosquitoes. It’s a quiet spot, the South Creek, and quite ... Read more about this post
  • The Meaning of Sanctuary: It’s for the Birds September 1, 2005 Story and Photos By Kathleen McNary Wood There are no places left on earth that are not altered by man and his activities. As time ebbs and flows, a tide of change has swept across the planet. Gone are the days when man battled against nature only to maintain a fragile foothold on existence. We are ... Read more about this post
  • Knowledge is Power June 1, 2005 By Brian Riggs, Curator, National Environmental Centre In late 2001, the Turks & Caicos Islands Government signed an important and far reaching document. It was called the Environmental Charter. That document outlined our country’s commitment to the environment and conservation efforts on behalf of the people of the Islands. The very first guiding principle recognized that ... Read more about this post
  • Time For Safekeeping June 1, 2005 Marine Turtle Project Story and Photos by Peter Richardson, Marine Conservation Society Turks & Caicos Islanders have eaten turtles for centuries. Archaeological digs around the Islands have revealed that Taino settlers were heavily dependent on turtle meat and eggs long before these Islands were “discovered” by Europeans. These later colonists continued to exploit the rich marine turtle ... 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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