PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten, – Sint Maarten’s first bird guide training course was successfully held in April, thanks to a collaboration between the Nature Foundation, BirdsCaribbean,
The training was led by naturalist Binkie van Es, a certified BirdsCaribbean tra
Participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds but shared a common interest in wildlife and habitat conservation in St. Maarten. With this training, the newly certified bird guides will be able to give accurate, in-depth tours and presentations to local students, policy makers, interested residents, and birding tourists. Birdwatching is a hobby enjoyed internationally by bird enthusiasts, some of whom travel to islands like St. Maarten for the opportunity to lay eyes on the island’s nearly 150 diverse species.
The bird guide training course was organized by the Nature Foundation as part of their new ecotourism and birding project, funded by R4CR. The initiative is meant to spread appreciation and awareness for the conservation value and the economic importance of birds and their habitats. Along with the bird guide training, the project includes active outreach to local schools. After his guide certification, project coordinator Kevin Sammy developed a bird-focused educational curri
“This event has had a lasting effect on me, as I no longer see a bird passing without trying to identify it,” said Richardson, who participated
Additional support received from BirdsCaribbean provided
The Nature Foundation Sint Maarten is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to conserving the natural ecosystems and resources of St. Maarten through research efforts, educational initiatives, and policy assessment. The organization serves as the authority of the Man of War Shoal Marine Park, the island’s only marine protected area. Established in 1997, the Nature Foundation also advises the government on all issues related to the environment. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (+1) 721-544-4267.