Winter 2022/2023 Archive

  • The Name Behind a Name December 29, 2022
    The Frith family of Palm Grove, Grand Turk. Story and Illustrations By Jeff Dodge Today, the name Palm Grove designates a neighborhood on Grand Turk that’s just south of Cockburn Town. How many residents of this neighborhood know where the name Palm Grove originated or the history behind the name?  Palm Grove was the name that the Benjamin ...
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  • Exploring East Caicos December 29, 2022
    The turtle story. By Oshin Whyte, Environmental Scientist, and Amadyne Agenor ~ Photos By Oshin Whyte East Caicos: it is one of the islands that most Turks & Caicos Islanders can point out on a map but have never travelled to or experienced — at least persons belonging to my generation. Those of us who are fortunate ...
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  • Standing the Test of Time December 29, 2022
    Provo Golf Course celebrates 30 years! By Kathy Borsuk It’s hard to believe that the Provo Golf Club (now known as the Royal Turks & Caicos Golf Club) turned 30 years old in November, 2022. When I arrived in the Islands, the course had just opened. I remember marveling at the miracle of turning a huge plot ...
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  • “Snowbirds” with Wings December 26, 2022
    The massive migration of birds brings many through the TCI. By Simon Busuttil, RSPB Turks & Caicos Operations Manager, Turks & Caicos Islands Iguana Partnership, Biosecurity Advisor In the Spring 2022 Times of Islands I wrote about some of the discoveries about birds being made and to be made in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Many were about ...
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  • Spikey Boys December 25, 2022
    The importance of having urchins. By Alizee Zimmermann, Turks & Caicos Reef Fund With flickers of iridescent blue, elegant spines of obsidian black, five self-sharpening teeth (yes, you did read that right), and an ample appetite, the long-spined sea urchin (Diadema antillarum) might just be the most interesting creature you didn’t know would fascinate you. A deep dive ...
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  • Home is Where the Food is December 25, 2022
    The Flamingo tongue snail:  Predator and parasite By Corinne Pita (University of Michigan) and Julia de los Reyes (Yale University), The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos ~ Photos By Dr. C.E. O’Brien It’s easy to conjure images of predation: a lion pouncing on its prey, an owl hunting for mice, a spider entwining ...
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  • Building on the Past December 25, 2022
    DECR debuts two exciting new projects. By B Naqqi Manco,  Assistant Director of Research and Development, DECR When you love something, there’s always a fear. Parents fret about their children, homeowners worry about their fortresses, and collectors obsess over the security of their hoards. For those of us who love our work, that concern translates into anxiety ...
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  • Forecasting the Future December 23, 2022
    Human versus weather app – which is more accurate in the TCI? By Paul Wilkerson I have been forecasting the weather for the Turks & Caicos Islands for the better part of eight years now. The number one comment/question I get? “My app shows it raining the entire time I am there, will it really be a ...
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  • Banana Rats for Lunch? December 23, 2022
    The “tail” of the hutia. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson We were sitting under a scrubby tree at the long-abandoned North Base at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay (GTMO). The Cubans were blaring a speech by Fidel Castro from their observation posts across the perimeter fence. It’s not clear whether any of the young Marines in ...
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  • Painting TCI History to Life December 23, 2022
    Local artist Richard McGhie By Kathy Borsuk ~ Illustrations By Richard McGhie Regular readers of Times of the Islands may recall the intriguing paintings of a 1798 pirate battle off the coast of West Caicos (Fall 2021) and the treasure-laden Spanish galleon Concepción before it sank in stormy seas (Spring 2022). Both images were realistic, detailed, accurate ...
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