Bonnie Rusk, one of Grenada’s Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) coordinators, reported more than 300 participants in the launching of the festival in April! Activities included a march that culminated at the Mt. Hartman Dove Sanctuary visitor center where the youths were engaged in an educational activity and information and photos and information on Grenada’s unique bird species and dry forest biodiversity.
The CEBF is a celebration of the Caribbean region’s unique bird life: of 770 bird species in the region, 148 are endemic and 105 of these are confined to single islands, including colorful parrots, hummingbirds, todies and warblers. It is celebrated for one month in the spring, from Earth Day (April 22nd) to International Biodiversity Day (May 22nd). Local conservation organizations celebrate through an array of events, including bird and nature walks, presentations, art exhibitions and competitions, radio quizzes, bird calling contests, beach clean-ups, tree plantings, and more. Visit the CEBF’s facebook page for more information and for more pictures of other events going on around the Caribbean to celebrate birds.