Birding/Audubon /env. society - STT?
Does anyone know of any birding/audubon society on STT? Or even an ecology/environmental society? Interested in getting involved in more ecological/environmental aspects of the island. thanks!
Virgin Islands Audubon Society (on St. John) has a website http://www.audubon.org/affiliate/vi/vi/, looks a little dated so best bet is try to call them.
Environmental Association of St. Thomas-St. John (EAST), their website is also a bit dated but you could contact them for more information and how to get involved: http://www.eastvi.org/.
VI National Park, mostly on St. John but Hassell Island in the Charlotte Amalie is part of it too and so is a little area on the East End of St. Thomas. In any case St. John is just a ferry ride away if you wanted to get involved with them: http://www.nps.gov/viis and Friends of the VI National Park: http://www.friendsvinp.org/. There is a volunteer page on the Friends website.
You could contact the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife and see if they have any volunteer opportunities or suggestions: http://www.dpnr.gov.vi/dfw.htm.
Also Visit: http://usvircd.org/ it covers a lot for St. Croix but includes all the islands. It has some interesting information and links.
The Great Backyard Birdcount is this weekend www.birdcount.org, I think. People all over the U. S. are to report the birds they see during the weekend [see website for directions]. It is sponsored by Cornell Univ. and gives a snapshot of where birds are at that time. It is important for research and it is free to participate. There is no easy way to report results for those of us in the VI and Puerto Rico, but I am going to do it and figure out how to report. I challenge other birders to do it, too. Those Northern birders need to realize there are other parts of the U. S. and there are birds here as well.
There sure are birds here ! I had a pidgeon trapped IN the house a few weeks ago - what a mess that made ! Most of the time I get either hummingbirds, or banana quits in here. I can do bird watching right in my living room !!! 🙂