“Just happened to pick up the camera…”
Okay, we know it’s not a fish, but we couldn’t resist the play on words considering this is a Bajan blog and all that. Click on the photo and you’ll be taken to the Daily Telegraph to see the large photo and read how Matt Deans took this one in a million shot.
Spark of the Day! is our occasional reminder of how beautiful this little planet really is – and should be.
UPDATED: January 30, 2011
Whew! What a great day at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.
Lots of folks, lots of kids and lots of fun. The place was beautiful and you could tell the staff worked hard to get it into shape for the day. I hope this means that something is happening to re-open the sanctuary on a permanent basis for ordinary folks and also because our tourism product desperately needs this attraction on the south coast.
The Nation covered the opening in their story: A day at the Sanctuary
All Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary Exhibits and Trails
Open to Public on Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
On Saturday, January 29, 2011, all exhibits and interpretive walkways through the mangroves and upland areas at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary will be open to the public.
This event is for one day only. Continue reading
Author and avid Barbados Free Press reader Matt Rigney has a new book coming.
In Pursuit of Giants is the story of one man’s global trek to learn the fate of the ocean’s great fish—marlin, swordfish, and tuna. It is a journey into the history of big game sportfishing and a voyage of discovery to the few remaining locations in the world where these animals still exist in numbers and sizes that hint at their former abundance. It is also an investigation into the failure of fisheries management and an exploration into what must be done to save the world’s fisheries.
The last we heard Matt’s book was ahead of schedule and might even be out in time for the 2010 Christmas buying season. The BFP gang eagerly awaits our first read of In Pursuit of Giants.
School Children Learning At The Last Mangrove Wetlands On The Island - The Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary
[Christ Church, BARBADOS] The new Barbados Children’s Environmental Action Awards (CEA) programme was announced today by the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.
To be awarded four times each year, the CEA Awards encourages and recognises children and children’s groups for their activities that directly preserve and protect terrestrial and marine natural habitats and parklands throughout Barbados for future generations.
“Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders. We encourage children to learn the importance of the environment to our health and social welfare, and be proactive in saving wild habitat and open spaces, as well as helping to identify and correct environmental problems,” said Peter Allard, Chairman of the Sanctuary.
“This award pays tribute to the work of many in the community who understand the importance of protecting the last remnants of Barbados’ environmental legacy for future generations.”
Each CEA Award includes a Bds. $2,000 prize, plus a public recognition ceremony at Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary for invited children, families and guests.
The first CEA Award nomination deadline for 2009-2010 is September 15, 2009. The successful nominee will be publicly announced by October 31, 2009.
More information for CEA nominations can be found at www.graemehall.com/awards
Sanctuary Admission is FREE on MONDAY, December 1st
Eight thousand people showed up on the previous Free Day at the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary.
Yup… eight thousand folks who value the natural heritage of our country and want to preserve it for our children’s future took a walk on November 9th to see the mangroves, birds and wildlife that don’t exist in such a natural state anywhere else on Barbados.
Monday, December 1, 2008 is your last chance to see Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary for free because…
Graeme Hall Will Close December 15th As Canadian Philanthropist Driven From Barbados
Over the years thousands upon thousands of Bajans and tourists alike enjoyed the peace and learning experience of the last remaining mangrove wetlands on the island. Thousands of school children on learning tours encountered Graeme Hall in a way that their parents never could in the days when they were in school.
A generation ago, the last mangrove wetland at Graeme Hall was an abandoned, difficult-to-access, polluted garbage strewn mess. One man decided to rescue this precious piece of natural heritage for Bajans, Barbados and the world. One man and he wasn’t even a Barbadian!
Peter Allard, a philanthropist from Canada, poured some US$35 million into cleaning up the wetlands and creating the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. He asked for nothing in return, and in fact received less than nothing. Continue reading