Dominica celebrates migratory Caribbean birds

This  bird was seen resting near Dubique. Photo by Tony Walsh
This bird was seen resting near Dubique. Photo by Tony Walsh

Dominica, through the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division, will join the rest of the international community during the month of October in celebrating the lives of migratory Caribbean Birds.

Caribbean islands, including Dominica, play an important part in the life cycle of many migratory birds that travel thousands of miles to visit the Caribbean each year.

Coming from as far away as the Arctic and South America, these birds unite the Western Hemisphere.

This October, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) events throughout the Caribbean will celebrate these birds and the amazing journeys they make each year.

IMBD events, which take place in countries from Canada to South America, are organized in the region by the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB).

Assistant Forest Officer at the Forestry Wildlife and Parks Division, Stephen Durand, in an interview with the Government Information Service (GIS), said Dominica has planned a series of activities to commemorate International Migratory Birds Day.

“Dominica is participating in this activity and we want to inform and involve the public on the importance of migratory birds. We will work with a number of schools to share information on the importance of migrant birds in Dominica,” he said.

Durand said migrant birds form the largest percentage of the bird population on Dominica.

“We have about 189 species of birds and migrant birds account for more than 70% of that. Our migrant bird population is significant in Dominica. These migrant birds can be found in areas such as Glanvillia, and the Cabrits. They can also be found in the Layou, Hampstead and Castle Bruce rivers,” Durand disclosed.

“We have a number of important areas on island that are critical for these birds and we have to ensure that we protect these areas and it is important that people understand what is happening to these birds so that we do not create a situation where we do not have these birds,” he explained.

Public activities to mark International Migratory Birds day in Dominica according to Durand, will include a diverse array of events such as bird watching excursions, lectures, seminars, school based art competitions, church services, and media campaigns.

On Tuesday, officials of the Forestry and Wildlife Division visited the Mahaut Primary School to speak to the students about migratory birds.

The officials of the Forestry, Wildlife and Parks Division will visit the Savanne Paille and the Roosevelt Douglas Primary schools on Wednesday.

Copies of the migratory birds of the West Indies color book will be presented to grades k to second classes.

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10 Comments

  1. brentwood etienne
    October 10, 2013

    i love birds and flowers

  2. OLD HAND
    October 9, 2013

    Thanks to the folks at the Forestry and Parks Department for their work in keeping people aware of their natural heritage and protecting the environment.

  3. Mango-Bab
    October 9, 2013

    Bougla, Was that a comment or a question? Some of the frigate birds (a.k.a. sizo, scissors, fwegad) that we see soaring overhead, or harassing other seabirds for their catch, are indeed migratory. Some thirty years ago in the 1980s, a female Frigatebird (the ones with the white head) was badly injured near the shore, adjacent to the Valley Engineering-Nassief area along Goodwill Rd. The bird had a wide ring on one of its legs, and that ring had an address and ID number. It turns out that that bird had been released as a juvenile in Brazil, all the way down in South America!! So, while some of the Sizo may be nesting on L’Islet near (an islet) near Boetica, a few may be migrants. Some of the migrants that we may be all familiar with include “begas” (sandpipers), some of the herons (kwabye), kanna sovay (blue-winged teal), Gli-gli (American kestrel). Just my ti-kapa

    • bougla
      October 9, 2013

      It was just a comment Mango. I was so keen to learn about the frigate bird that I googled it and yes it travels over the caribbean alot!

  4. Anonymous
    October 9, 2013

    Ok. A couple of weeks ago I saw this eagle perched right in my yard on a tall dying tree. Wingspan at least twice that of a malfini, Broad winged hawk, white head and the jagged feathers typical of the eagles. It was still there next morning and then i saw chickens scatter at full speed into the prickle hedge. Took off when we tried to get a photo and just circled for a while. then this weekend i saw three similar looking birds flying south. any ideas what species.

    • John paul
      October 9, 2013

      Malfini la mer or Sea Hawk or Osprey

  5. kezia
    October 8, 2013

    wat kind of bird is that :-?

  6. "O" STRESS"
    October 8, 2013

    We should equip our birds with G.P.S to track their movements and able to address their conditions where ever the may Rome. Imagine a Parrott being equip with G.P.S and discover it is being sold by our Dominican people in one of our neighboring country.?

  7. budman
    October 8, 2013

    frigate bird

  8. bougla
    October 8, 2013

    the magnificient frigate bird falls in the migratory category.

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