Green Pages

  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • National Herbarium March 25, 2009
    A collection realised by collaboration. By B. Naqqi Manco, Senior Conservation Officer, Turks & Caicos National Trust Photos Courtesy TCI National Trust and Board of Trustees, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew When I was in university, a friend of mine – recognising my love of plants – brought me an African violet as a gift. Its source unknown, she’d ...
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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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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  • 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. ...
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