The Environmental Awareness Group of Antigua & Barbuda
Raising awareness & promoting sustainable use of natural resources
Plants of Saint Lucia
Roger Graveson has been studying the plants of Saint Lucia for nearly 20 years. Recently, he has put together a wonderful website about the plants of Saint Lucia which anyone interested in plants must visit! Click here to visit Roger's site.
Walking Tours every Tuesday and Thursday. Read more>
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Antigua and Barbuda Ferns Bounce Back After Centuries of Sharp Decline
Kevel Lindsay has written a great report about our ferns and the changes in fern biodiversity over the ages Click here to read his report.
Researching and Conserving Native Ferns
The EAG has made exciting discoveries in it’s project to conserve the native ferns of Antigua and Barbuda. The project seeks to increase awareness and will develop an educational booklet. The effort is being led by Antiguan biologist Kevel Lindsay.
Ferns in Antigua and Barbuda come in amazingly diverse forms including mangrove ferns which can grow to 4 metres high, tiny epiphytic ferns, a centimetre or so high, aquatic ferns, vine-like climbers and grass-like species.
CLICK HERE for a slideshow of our ferns and more about this exciting and important project!
Why are ferns so important?
Tropical ferns are extraordinarily beautiful plants with their delicate arching leaves, or fronds as they are usually called - undoubtedly the most beautifully shaped leaves in the plant kingdom !
Also, ferns beautify the environment in a way that other plants cannot. This is because many ferns live in environments that other plants cannot tolerate - on shady tree branches ("epiphytes"), on rock faces (lithophytes), in wetlands and in mangrove environments. Tourists from Europe and America are especially awestruck as they normally only encounter these beautiful plants as indoor pot plants!
As well as their beauty, ferns are especially valuable plants for the following reason: Because most fern species can only survive in healthy moist, shady forests, many of which are under threat throughout the Caribbean and also in threatened mangrove and wetland areas, they are an important barometer of the ecological health of the environment.
Do watch this very moving video about the effect of free-roaming livestock in the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. Please contact your MP, the Ministry of Agriculture or the EAG if you are concerned about this problem.
Christian Valley Birding Trail Opens
The beautiful trail developed by the EAG was opened officially on Thursday January 26th, 2012. A variety of birds can be viewed on the trail which is a little over 2.5 miles in length. We hope to see you there!
This project is aimed at increasing awareness of our native birds and seeks to create livelihoods in eco-tourism by training community members in bird identification and in tour guiding.
See some of the beautiful bird photographs taken by members in our bird photography competition - click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page and select Photos.
Read about the project and the trail: Click here
The EAG is very grateful for the sponsorship funding provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Ginny Field, an EAG volunteer, has been teaching children at Cedar Grove primary school about the environment for the past year. Among other themes, they have learned about:
- The Antiguan Racer Snake
- Invasive species and the damage they do on the environment e.g. rats, mongeese, African snails, Cuban Frogs and Lionfish
- Turtles and protection of their nesting sites
- Migratory birds and the Whistling Duck
- Protection of the conch
Natalya received an Education Award at the SCSCB (Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds) conference in July in Grenada. (SCSCB is now renamed BirdsCaribbean)
The award was for the fantastic work that Natalya and her team has done to educate children and adults about Caribbean birds over the past 2 years. A number of activities were held to engage children in bird-related art and craft, bird identification and more. Children and adults were taken birdwatching too.
News about 2 Outstanding EAG People
Camp GROW 2014 has come and gone leaving only the fun memories shared by the 46 campers from around the island of Antigua. This year’s Camp GROW (Gaining Respect for the Outdoors and our World) has indeed been a success.
For more information about Camp GROW 2014, please click here.
Fun Memories of Camp GROW 2014
Campers birding at McKinnon’s Pond
Turtle watching trips start in July every year on Friday evenings and run until October. For more information click here.
Photo courtesy of Nicola Nash
The EAG AGM :
Coral Reefs, Business & the Board
Members of the EAG met in St. John’s on Wednesday 15 October for the group’s Annual General Meeting.
in the newspaper the following Monday.
Dr. Karron James-Scholl gave the President’s report, and Tahambay Smith presented the organization’s financials. There are currently nine ongoing projects, which can be viewed here.
Board elections: Joining the 2014 – 2015 Board of Directors are Ann Ferkin, Iza Goodwin and Lia Nicholson. View short bios for the Board, project coordinators and staff - click here.
John Mussington of Barbuda, guest lecturer, talked about coral reef management and its shortcomings.
The Daily Observer covered the event, publishing an article titled, “Scientist calls on residents to redouble efforts to protect reefs,”