Spring 2020 Archive

  • Not Your Average Golf Course March 24, 2020 Combina golf is rich in North Caicos charm. By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos by Tom Rathgeb Forget all your usual notions about golf courses or miniature golf. Fairways of grass? Forget it. Manicured putting greens? Forget it. Windmills or tiny castles or colourful concrete animals? Nope. The Combina Golf Course at Horse Stable Beach on North Caicos ... Read more about this post
  • The Layers of History March 24, 2020 East Caicos is a treasure trove of relics. Story & Photos By John Galleymore When I was very young, I was shown at school a very basic picture depicting “How History Works.” It showed layers of the Earth with the oldest relics the deepest and those more recent near the surface. I soon came to discover this ... Read more about this post
  • Cave Art March 24, 2020 The Lucayan petroglyphs of East Caicos. By Dr. Michael P. Pateman Archaeological studies of the Lucayan Islands (which includes The Bahamas and Turks & Caicos Islands) have mainly focused on settlement surveys and large scale village excavations. However, early archaeologists (late 19th and early 20th century) focused most of their efforts on the cave systems of these ... Read more about this post
  • Inclusion Matters March 24, 2020 Advances in the education of children with special needs in the TCI. By Norah Machia ~ Photos by Anthony Machia Many positive things are happening for children with special needs in the Turks & Caicos Islands as the result of a partnership between the TCI Government, a nonprofit organization of American and Canadian volunteers and a private ... Read more about this post
  • Hidden Legacy March 19, 2020 Slavery and the Loyalists in “Grand Caicos.” By Ben Stubenberg When the first British Loyalists arrived on the shores of North and Middle Caicos and Providenciales following the American Revolution in the late 1700s, they took with them enslaved people and a mindset of entitlement and power that mirrored the mores and hierarchy of the American South. ... Read more about this post
  • Phoenix from the Ashes? March 19, 2020 Good news for the TCI’s National Tree. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist The Turks & Caicos Islands’ National Tree, the stately Caicos pine Pinus caribaea var. bahamensis, has had a rough few decades recently. Following the introduction of the invasive pine tortoise scale insect, which infests trees through their fatality, as well as ... Read more about this post
  • The Battle Begins March 19, 2020 Treatment program to fight Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease underway. By the Staff of the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is a new coral disease that was first discovered off the coast of Florida in 2014. Over the past five years it has spread rapidly up and down the Atlantic ... Read more about this post
  • The Elusive Octopus March 19, 2020 Octopus spotting in the TCI. By Dr. Caitlin E. O’Brien, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies Caribbean waters are home to several species of octopus, which are some of the most extraordinary creatures of the ocean. Octopuses (not octopi) can be more difficult to spot than many other marine creatures, but the experience of ... Read more about this post
  • Armadillos of the Sea March 19, 2020 Chitons possess a range of amazing qualities. By Brian Heagney, B.Sc Marine Biology ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com   Tucked away in intertidal rock pools on the southwest point of Gibbs Cay in the Turks Islands, there are clusters of tiny dinosaurs called chitons. These ancient mariners are easily overlooked by the untrained eye, but they do ... Read more about this post
  • Nature’s Ephemeral Vortex March 18, 2020 The spin on waterspouts. By Paul Wilkerson ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com Waterspouts have been occurring for as long as memories have been recorded. On August 19, 1896 a waterspout developed over Vineyard Sound near Cottage City, Massachusetts. While at the time, it was rare for these to be seen from land, especially in the Northeast, ... Read more about this post
  • A Remarkable Journey March 18, 2020 The life and times of Gustarvus O’Neil Lightbourne. By Carlton Mills, Willette Swann & Tanya Parnell ~ Photos Courtesy Tanya Parnell & Bengt Soderqvist Early life Gustarvus Lightbourne (affectionately called Gus) was born on January 27, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Lightbourne of Blue Hills, Providenciales. He attended the Blue Hills School in High Rock and was ... Read more about this post

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