Bird lovers flock to Jamaica
SOME 200 scientists, ornithologists, conservationists, students and educators from across the Caribbean and beyond will flock to Kingston for the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean later this month to highlight the latest research and conservation efforts in Jamaica and the region.
Organisers say the event will also give participants the opportunity to see some of Jamaica's 29 remarkable endemic birds through bird-watching sessions around Kingston and field trips to the Blue Mountains and Cockpit Country, among other locations.
Major draws of the conference are expected to be a Jamaica Day celebration on the 25th, and a fund-raising workshop conducted by Mazarine Treyz (Wild Woman Fundraising) on the 28th. Activities will also include a photography competition open to participants 18 years and over; a camp at Hope Zoo for children from selected schools; a pre-conference taxidermy workshop with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; a symposium on invasive alien species; and sessions on event photography, seabird conservation, forest endemics, and the ecological value of migrants in the Caribbean.
The conference will convene at Knutsford Court Hotel from July 25-29 under the theme: Birds: Connecting Communities and Conservation.
BirdsCaribbean, formerly the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, is a non-profit committed to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the insular Caribbean. More than 80,000 local people participate in its programmes each year, the organisation said, making it the most broad-based conservation group in the region.
Members of the local organising committee include the Forestry Department, Hope Gardens, Jamaica Conservation Development Trust, Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation, BirdLife Jamaica, Windsor Research Centre.
Visit 2015Meeting.BirdsCaribbean.org for details and registration.