Dominica, along with several other Caribbean islands, are observing the ninth edition of the Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival with a number of activities ongoing today.
The Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival has been celebrated annually across the region since 2002, and this will be the seventh consecutive year that Dominica will participate in event.
Forest Officer Arlington James says the purpose of this festival is to raise public awareness and appreciation of our region’s exceptionally rich and threatened birdlife, using the Caribbean’s celebrated endemic birds as flagships for conservation.
He said the festival is an opportunity to celebrate partnerships that make our bird conservation programs a success.
“In Dominica our conservation programs have been strengthened through technical, financial and other support from several local, regional and conservation partners,” James noted.
“Activities for this year’s Festival will include field trips on Birding and presentations with two secondary and three primary schools; Radio Quizzes; a television programme; live radio discussions on the subject of birds on all four major local radio stations; interviews; a Bird Art exhibition and contest with the Goodwill Secondary School; a public presentation on Caribbean Endemic Birds on Dominica in partnership with the University of the West Indies Open Campus; publishing of a newspaper article, and a boat trip to Pointe des Foux to view several species of nesting seabirds and a colony of yellow-crowned Night Herons,” he added.
– DNO Correspondent