August 20, 2019

Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave

Florida Museum of Natural History From EurekAlert! GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton’s caracara from a flooded sinkhole on Great Abaco Island. Studies of ancient DNA from tropical birds have faced two formidable obstacles. Organic […]

The Publisher speaks: Scrabbling

I wrote this poem twenty plus years ago when chickens were having a bad time scrabbling for food because of the new development in George Town. Yes, this was before Camana Bay changed things. Since then, the chickens moved out, multiplied, and have become a pest. Chickens weren’t the only ones who have moved out […]

Child-sized parrots once roamed New Zealand

By Mike Wehner From BGR Parrots are popular pets today, and you don’t have to look far on YouTube to find charming videos of tropical birds doing adorable things. They’re fun animals, and their small size makes them appealing to potential owners. Fossils from New Zealand reveal the existence of an ancient parrot that would definitely not […]

UK: Farmer produces ethical king prawns in a Lincolnshire field

By Saeed Kamali Dehghan From The Guardian UK Most warm water prawns sold in UK are imported from Asia and are tainted with allegations of slavery and environmental destruction At a farm in Lincolnshire two aquaculturists are busy feeding thousands of larvae in a dozen large tanks designed to emulate a seawater environment. This is […]

Jeremy Jackson: Paleontology and Paleobiology Conservation Biolog

From Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute “There are no important questions today for understanding how the Earth works – ecologically, evolutionary, geochemically, oceanographically, meteorologically – that can be answered by a single person, or by a single discipline. All of the great questions are interdisciplinary. All of them require multiple kinds of expertise and all of […]

At least 17 rare rhinos killed after devastating floods hit India’s Kaziranga National Park

From WN Officials at the Kaziranga National Park in Assam said the recent floods across India killed more than 200 animals, including 17 threatened one-horned rhinos, in the popular park on Wednesday, according to Science X. At least 40 percent of the national park was underwater after 10 days of downpouring rain, which also killed more […]

Cayman: Turtle Conservation Plan Public Consultation Survey

(“NCC” or “Council”) has released an online survey to encourage as many local residents as possible to weigh in on the Council’s draft sea turtle species conservation plan. The draft species conservation plan was approved on 19 June by the Council and was released for public consultation on 3 July, as required under the National […]

Cayman: Youth Dressage Riders compete in USA

From CIEF Caymanian equestrians, Kayla Mannisto and Megan Swartz attended the Children of the Americas Dressage Invitational (CADI) which was held recently at Faith Hill Farm located just outside of Providence, Rhode Island. CADI is an annual dressage event for youth aged 12 to 14 from the Americas. Participants must meet certain qualifications and be […]

Where flamingos live

The Caribbean Isn’t the Only Place Where Flamingos Live From Nashville Zoo Blog Many think flamingos only appear in bright pink hues and originate in the Caribbean, like the ones living at Nashville Zoo, but there are actually a variety of flamingo species that live around the world. In South America, three flamingo species — […]

Cayman: Man charged in connection with February cockfighting arrest

From RCIPS 23 July 2019 The man, age 45 of Bodden Town, who was arrested on 8 February following a joint Police and Department of Agriculture operation (see below) has been formally charged with Cruelty to Animals and Dealing in a Restricted Pharmaceutical. He appears in court today, 23 July. Related story: Joint Police and […]