Events are being held throughout the Caribbean during the month of October to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. The “guests” of honor are the thousands of birds winging their way south for the winter. These birds are migrating from their breeding grounds in North America, and some will be stopping in the Caribbean islands briefly to feed and rest while others will remain for the entire winter.
Once again, the Garden of the Groves family on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, is pleased to announce its participation in the annual International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) activities. Along with the Society for Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB) the Groves staff will spend the entire month of October educating their community. The main objective is to heighten everybody’s awareness of the thousands of migratory birds that pass through the Bahamas or spend the winter here and find ways to protect their habitat.
Coordinator, Mrs. Marilyn Laing, states, “We want to share the message of bird conservation with everybody and due to the interest by so many schools to participate we do not only limit our activities to one day. It has become a tradition at the Garden of the Groves to host fieldtrips, lectures and art competitions throughout the whole month of October!”
This year the theme for IMBD is “Life Cycles of Migratory Bird” and conservation leaders, researchers and nature enthusiasts throughout the Caribbean and the Bahamas will join forces to celebrate and promote public awareness surrounding the miracle of bird migration. While there are threats of development, illegal hunting and habitat destruction, nearly 350 species of birds make the annual journey from their breeding grounds in the U.S. and Canada to their winter homes in the Caribbean, Bahamas and South America.
Click here to read more about this event in the Bahamas Weekly.