Resort Report

  • Teenage Turtle Tales January 2, 2021 Using satellite telemetry to study the lives of sea turtles. Story & Photos By Dr. Peter Richardson and Amdeep Sanghera, Marine Conservation Society Earlier this year, we finally published the results of 18 years of sea turtle research carried out with our partners at the Turks & Caicos Islands Government’s Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR), ... Read more about this post
  • America’s First Christmas January 1, 2021 For Columbus, the holiday did not bring “glad tidings!” By Bill Keegan, Betsy Carlson and Michael Pateman ‘Twas the night before Christmas Christmas Eve, 1492, sailing with a light wind, the Niña and Santa María exit the Mar de Santo Thomás. At 11:00 PM, standing one league off Punta Santa, there was little wind, the sea was “as ... Read more about this post
  • A Record Breaker January 1, 2021 2020 hurricane season was the busiest in history. By Paul Wilkerson Back in the Spring 2020 issue of Times of the Islands (what feels like a lifetime ago), warning was given of the potential for an active season. Everything pointed to prime conditions for fairly frequent tropical activity. What I did not anticipate was the busiest tropical ... Read more about this post
  • Soul Food January 1, 2021 A tale of transformation. By Diane Taylor Diane “Dee” Taylor lived and worked for three years on Pine Cay with her husband Gary Hodgkins in the early 1980s. They worked with PRIDE (Protection of Reefs and Islands from Degradation and Exploitation) under the direction of Chuck Hesse. Diane’s job was culturing algae for the feeding of conch ... Read more about this post
  • A Salty Mystery October 2, 2020 Why would anyone copy this old picture postcard? By Jeffrey Dodge ~ Images Courtesy Jeffrey Dodge Why, in the early 1920s, would someone on Grand Turk island want to copy a specific 1906 picture postcard that was out of print and no longer obtainable? Was the picture on this 1906 postcard of special interest to someone? Most ... Read more about this post
  • Lucayan Legacies October 2, 2020 Images of the past. By Joanna Ostapkowicz ~ Images By Merald Clark (copyright) In 2017 during a visit to the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, I came across a temporary exhibit filled with children’s paintings focusing on island history, both past and present. At the very start of the exhibition were several paintings showing Columbus laying ... Read more about this post
  • Cycling Paradise October 2, 2020 Mapping the North and Middle Caicos Cycle Trail By Jody Rathgeb Everyone views “paradise” through a different lens, and people in the Turks & Caicos Islands are no exception. Divers see the country as an underwater paradise; watersports enthusiasts see a windsurfing paradise, a paddleboard paradise, a sailing paradise; and vacationers find paradise in lazy beach days ... Read more about this post
  • Welcome Back! October 1, 2020 How to travel gracefully during a pandemic. By Jayne Baker ~ Photo By Marta Morton As Caribbean nations start to loosen their border restrictions, the allure of near empty beaches and low hotel occupancy is calling to (masked) travelers. For some, it’s a return visit to a beloved home away from home—perhaps an island destination they have ... Read more about this post
  • Sea Stars or Starfish? October 1, 2020 The fascinating world of the echinoderm. By Melissa Heres, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies, Center for Marine Resource Studies ~ Photos By Anna Handte-Reinecker The name “echinoderm” might not bring much to your mind—perhaps unwelcomed trips to the dermatologist or a whiff of echinacea. But by taking the word apart we learn that echino- translates to ... Read more about this post
  • Flamingo Got Your Tongue? October 1, 2020 The scoop on these small marine snails. Story & Photos By Carmen Hoyt, Waterfront Assistant, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos Let me tell you, nothing quiets a crowd faster than saying, “I love flamingo tongues!” Such an exclamation is usually met with some sideways stares and confused looks. Flamingo tongues, ... Read more about this post
  • They’re Back! September 30, 2020 “Talking Taino” authors return with a new take on an old tale. By Bill Keegan, Betsy Carlson and Michael Pateman   Hopefully the announcement that we’re back won’t cause flashbacks to the Steven Spielberg film “Poltergeist” (Fox/MGM, 1982). We are back, and this time we packed a suitcase. Between 2003 and 2007, Bill and Betsy wrote 20 essays ... Read more about this post
  • Optics in the Tropics September 30, 2020 Awe-inspiring sights in the sky. By Paul Wilkerson ~ Photos By Marta Morton Have you ever been outside on a late summer afternoon watching passing storms cruise by, only to see rays of sunshine raining down in mesmerizing streaks of light on the turquoise water below? How about staring at a towering cumulus cloud in the distance ... Read more about this post
  • Benjamin and Dr. Martin Luther King September 30, 2020 A dream of racial reconciliation. By Diane Taylor ~ Artwork by Carol Kubie Let me tell you about my son Benjamin and Dr. Martin Luther King, and how I came to write the poem on the next page. And also why I am bringing the poem to light after it has been lying dormant with a collection ... Read more about this post
  • TCI in World War II June 25, 2020 The Fauna, Part I, 1942 By Captain Eric Wiberg, Boston, MA What is remarkable about the sinking and the loss of the Fauna off the Turks & Caicos Islands is that her destination was the TCI, and her survivors spent nearly three weeks essentially circumnavigating the Islands in a lifeboat and a local sailboat over the course ... Read more about this post
  • Foodways, Life and Archaeology June 25, 2020 How ancient people cooked on Providenciales. Story & Photos By Dr. Andy J. Ciofalo Food is a social lubricant, which means it brings us together, gets people talking and is a central point of gatherings, holidays and life. Do you remember cooking your last meal? The way you sliced, pounded, boiled or roasted the vegetables damaged small ... Read more about this post

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Marta Morton, owner/operator of Harbour Club Villas (www.harbourclubvillas.com) took this photo of the native Turks & Caicos rock iguana on Bay Cay. This endemic animal is being threatened by the invasive green iguana. See article on page 36.

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