Forestry Division Hosts 2013 Sea Birds Expedition
The Director of Forestry, Wildlife & Parks, and the local CEBF Planning Committee hosted a Boat Trip to Pointe des Fox, off the south coast of Dominica, on Saturday May 18th.
Invited persons had an opportunity to view colonies of breeding sea birds, and roosting yellow-crowned night herons, as one of the highlights for the 2013 Caribbean Endemic Birds Festival (CEBF) in Dominica.
Retired Forester Mr. Arlington James, conducted a PowerPoint presentation on the sea birds before the trip, so that the participants would acquire some knowledge on the birds.
During the presentation, the participants saw other birds including, Brown Noddy, Caribbean Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, White-Tailed Tropic Bird, Yellow Crown Night Heron, and the Caribbean Martin.
Following the presentation, the group of approximately 50 individuals set sail from the Roseau Ferry Terminal on the Sting Ray 2 boat owned by Dive Dominica Dive Shop. They then travelled to Pointe de Fox off the Coast of Scotts Head.
Upon arrival, the group was surprised by the large number of various species of birds, some of which they saw in the PowerPoint presentation before the trip.
Birds were spotted nesting in the mountains of Pointe des Fox, while others flew away in flocks, and others carried on with their daily schedule.
On the return trip to Dominica, the group was greeted with the presence of dolphins and sea turtles.
Jack Barnes, a South Carolina resident stated that, the bird trip was very interesting as they saw many marine and land birds in addition to other marine life.
An employee of Dive Dominica, Mr. Regie Prosper stated, he would love to see this Sea Birds Trip implemented in the schools on various levels, so they can learn more about the sea birds and marine environment.