The Migratory Bird Festival is a great chance to go birdwatching.
Birds like the whimbrel travel thousands of miles to spend their winter on St. Martin and other Caribbean islands.
MARIGOT–The month of October heralds a change in the seasons – even in the Caribbean. The days grow shorter and the fierce heat of the sun lessens. Countless birds journey to the their winter homes on these islands. October also brings World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD), when Caribbean people celebrate the birds that come here every year.
In the Caribbean about one third of our 500 bird species are summer or winter visitors. More than 30 events on 16 Caribbean islands are lined up to celebrate these amazing birds. More than 80,000 people will join in the activities, led by Environment for the Americas and Birds Caribbean.
On St. Martin, the Les Fruits de Mer Association is hosting the sixth annual Migratory Bird Festival. This year’s event is on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00am to 12:00 noon at Amuseum Naturalis at The Old House in French Quarter. It is free and people of all ages are invited.
At the Migratory Bird Festival, guests will see birds and learn about the amazing journeys they take each year. There will be bird-themed arts and crafts, and fun games like Bird Bingo. Guests can also explore Amuseum Naturalis and enjoy its gardens and scenic viewpoints.
The 2018 theme for WMBD in the Caribbean is “Year of the Bird.” It is a chance to look at issues facing birds. On St. Martin, pollution and debris impact many places where birds live. It is also an opportunity to help. Planting native trees to replace the ones lost to Hurricane Irma can help birds.
“Last October, we weren’t able to celebrate WMBD,” says Executive Director of Birds Caribbean Lisa Sorenson. “Hurricanes Irma and Maria had just hit several islands with great force, and many of our partners were in shock. Now we are moving forward with great hope as migratory birds return to our shores.”
Visit migratorybirdday.org or birdscaribbean.org to learn more about celebrations all over the Caribbean. For more information about the Migratory Bird Festival at Amuseum Naturalis in St. Martin, visit http://www.lesfruitsdemer.com.
Birds Caribbean is a vibrant international network of members and partners committed to conserving Caribbean birds and their habitats. We raise awareness, promote sound science, and empower local partners to build a region where people appreciate, conserve and benefit from thriving bird populations and ecosystems.
We are a non-profit (501 (c) 3) membership organisation. More than 100,000 people participate in our programs each year, making Birds Caribbean the most broad-based conservation organization in the region. You can learn more about us, our work, and how to join at: http://www.birdscaribbean.org.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81289-world-migratory-bird-day-in-st-martin-and-the-caribbean