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Friday, October 29, 2010

The Bonaire Animal Shelter Announces the Next Book Fair and Flea Market

Saturday, November 6, 2010 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM will be the next book fair and flea market for the Bonaire Animal Shelter and it will be held on the grounds of the shelter. 

The event features a large selection of secondhand books for only FL 2.00 (about USD $1.15) and many items for sale from the flea market. The fair is popular and usually draws a large crowd, so it’s a good opportunity to meet up with friends, re-stock your book supply, pick up some bestsellers for your long flight home, and visit with the animals. All proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Animal Shelter. (Source: Bonaire Animal Shelter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 29, 2010 at 10:34am AST
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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sea Turtle Tracking Update

When we last checked the progress of Bonaire’s released sea turtles in a previous story, only one had started her journey away from Bonaire. Now all three are on the move.

Valley was tagged on Klein Bonaire on September 3, 2010. On Saturday October 16, she laid her sixth nest of the season. Female turtles usually lay several nests in a season to improve the chances of survival by increasing the number of eggs and varying the times of hatching. Hawksbill turtles normally have 14 days between nests. After laying her last nest of the season, Valley started swimming toward Aruba. She is swimming at a steady rate and now is about 200 miles west of Bonaire.

Piffie who was released on October 6, 2010, laid her final nest of the season on Wednesday October 20 on Bonaire. Shortly after, she departed and began swimming west toward Curacao. Since that time Piffie turned back toward Bonaire and is now heading north, approximately 50 miles north of Bonaire.

Carice who was released on September 20, 2010 departed for Los Roques at our last writing, and has remained there in an area called the central lagoon.

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) has now successfully tracked 17 turtles back to their feeding grounds, which include the waters of Nicaragua and Costa Rica in the west, Puerto Rico and the Navidad Banks in the north, and Venezuela and Los Roques in the east. The breeding turtles tracked on Bonaire spend parts of their lives in these areas which are called range states and this knowledge can be used to expand conservation efforts for the turtles in these areas. (Source: Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 28, 2010 at 5:09pm AST
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bonaire’s First Xtreme Duo Mountain Bike Race Offered Challenges to Local and Visiting Competitors

Bonaire’s first ever Xtreme Mountain Bike Duo Race, organized by Bonaire Wellness Connexions, was held on Sunday, October 24, 2010 with more than 100 participants in 50 teams, including entrants from Bonaire, Aruba, Curacao, Venezuela and Canada. 

The top finishers were an Aruban team with second place taken by Bonaire’s own Floris Dullart and DJ Methorst.

Weather for the event was excellent with partly cloudy skies and low winds. Rain earlier in the week kept the route challenging, but fortunately there were no accidents. The 75 kilometer ride was primarily single track and went through Washington National Park, along the east coast by the windmills, to the Lagoen area, and finished by riding the tough ride up Seru Largu and then down rough goat trails through Republiek to the finish.

Bonaire’s unique and varied terrain provides an excellent opportunity for mountain biking.

The addition of new trails and tour operators, have made mountain biking more popular on Bonaire in recent years and an excellent new way to see the island. Congratulations to the winners and to all who competed. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 27, 2010 at 5:06pm AST
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bonaire’s New Foundation Echo to Work with the Lora Parrot

Echo is Bonaire’s newest nature foundation and will spearhead conservation efforts for the endangered Lora parrot. Parrot research and conservation efforts over the last seven years by Dr. Sam Williamson, Dr. Rowan Martin, and Ms. Rhian Evans form the basis of the foundation.

This group is well known for its writings including “Parrotwatch” and “Ask Olivia.” Goals of the organization include continuing study of the parrots’ breeding biology and ecosystem, developing conservation techniques and sustainable use of nature.

The name Echo comes from Sam’s extensive conservation work with the Echo Parakeet in Mauritius. In the 1990’s there were only eight of these birds left, and thanks to diligent nature conservation efforts, today there are over 500. The goal is to use the knowledge and success of this project, to rebuild the parrot population on Bonaire.

Sam’s history with parrots and Bonaire goes back to 2003, when he first came to the island to observe the parrots. When he returned in 2006 with Rowan, their work really began as they studied parrot behavior and dangers to the Lora population. Their work here has gained international attention and they have traveled to Brazil, South Africa, Canada and the US, to discuss their activities. The World Parrot Trust has and will continue to fund and support their research.

Training and education will be of major importance going forward. The conservation work on Bonaire can be used to help Bonaire’s Loras but can also assist other endangered parrot populations in other countries. Scientists and masters students have come in the past to study and research, and will continue to do so going forward. Furthermore, Nos Lora and STINAPA have partnered in past efforts, and Echo will look for opportunities to work with them and other partners in the future. To read more click here. (Source: Foundation Echo)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 26, 2010 at 4:38pm AST
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Monday, October 25, 2010

New Entry Requirements for Long Term Visitors to Bonaire

The Bonaire Insider was recently informed that there are new immigration rules that apply to long-term or frequent visitors to the Dutch Caribbean (the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba) that are in effect immediately.

The new immigration policies allow for a maximum stay of three months in a six-month period. The Insider has been informed that the time is calculated from the date of arrival on the island, not on a calendar year basis. For those visitors who require a visa, the allowed timeframe on the visa will take precedence.

Dutch citizens living outside of the Dutch Caribbean, including those in the Netherlands, Curacao, St. Maarten and Aruba, are allowed to stay up to six months in a twelve month period. The time is calculated from date of arrival on the island, not on a calendar year basis. Those who wish to work or stay longer will have to apply for a “Declaration by Right” permit. Furthermore, if a Dutch citizen or his/her parents, was born on Bonaire, Saba or St. Eustatius, this rule does not apply. Also Dutch citizens living and registered on Bonaire, Saba, or St. Eustatius before October 10, 2009 are not subject to this rule. Therefore everyone who registered after October 10, 2009 must apply for a residence permit. (Source: Rijksdienst Caribisch Nederland)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 25, 2010 at 11:12am AST
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Fundraising EcoDive to be Held December 27, 2010

EcoDive Bonaire 2010, the biggest dive in the history of Bonaire, will be held Monday, December 27, 2010 when Leo Hogenboom and Felix Faassen dive around Klein Bonaire in one single dive to raise money for STINAPA and the Sea Turtle Conservation.

The dive around Klein Bonaire is 6.8 miles (over 10 kilometers), and should take between 12 and 16 hours to finish. The dive is a massive undertaking and will require extraordinary training, equipment and methods to hydrate and feed the divers. To stay underwater this long and lessen decompression, each diver will use a minimum of eight 12l/80cf cylinders and not go deeper than 40 feet (12 meters). Shallower depths in the second half of the dive along with nitrox mixes and/or pure oxygen will be utilized to allow for gradual decompression. To stay hydrated, the divers will carry a fresh water supply on their backs. Nutrition is also an important factor. The divers will have gel packs that can be consumed underwater and will also have access to solid food using a specially designed portable dive bell, which allows them to breathe without a regulator and and take breaks. A surface support team will be on hand to help facilitate and assist the divers with all of these activities.

The purpose of the dive and the proceeds will be used to raise awareness of Bonaire’s conservation efforts regarding nature and animals and to bring attention to the importance of preserving Bonaire’s unique ecosystem. Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire is the sponsor of the event. To read more about the event or to donate click here. (Source: EcoDive Bonaire 2010)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 22, 2010 at 10:37am AST
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Continental Airlines and Delta Are Offering Savings on Bonaire Vacations

Now through October 31st, 2010, those who plan a future trip to Bonaire can realize savings, as well as enjoy other benefits. 

For those who can book their trip by October 31st, there are savings of up to $160.  Those eligible for these savings then have until May 31, 2011 to travel and will earn 1,000 bonus frequent flyer miles, in addition to the actual flight miles.  Participating properties include Buddy Dive Resort, Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino, Harbor Village Beach Club, Plaza Resort Bonaire, and Sand Dollar Condominiums.

For Continental Airline Vacations, visit www.covacations.com and click on All Deals, scroll down to Caribbean and click on to Dive into Savings Bonaire and plan your next vacation to Bonaire.

For Delta Vacations, visit www.deltavacations.com and click on All Vacation Deals, scroll down to Caribbean and click on to Dive into Savings Bonaire and plan your next vacation to Bonaire.

Vacations include round-trip air transportation, choice of accommodations, hotel taxes, round-trip transfers between airport and hotel, luggage handling at hotel, maid and/or bellman gratuities, assistance of a local representative or toll-free number for assistance. (Source:  Delta Vacations and Continental Airlines Vacations)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 21, 2010 at 3:02pm AST
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) Launches a New Dutch Language Web Site

DCNA launched a new web site in Dutch on October 10, 2010, to tie in with the BES Islands’ new status as a special municipality of Holland and bring attention to the area’s biodiversity. 

The web site features current news items and also provides information on the coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangroves, rainforests and the unique biodiversity of this region. To view the new website click here. The DCNA was established in 2003 to support and assist the protected areas and parks along with other nature conservation efforts on the islands of Bonaire, St. Eustatius, Saba, St.Maarten, Curacao and Aruba. DCNA’s major goals are to create long term funding sources for nature conservation, highlight nature conservation as a major focus locally and internationally, create a centralized information and communication resource for issues related to biodiversity and protection of nature, and promote training, education and awareness of these issues. To read more about DCNA click here. (Source: DCNA)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 20, 2010 at 9:13am AST
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hotel Roomer to Host Halloween Party

Halloween is coming up quickly and Hotel Roomer will again be hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30, 2010 to celebrate.

The party goes from 9:00 PM until midnight and will feature DJ Shrek. The entrance fee is $15 and includes one free Deep Red Caipi One cocktail and scary candy. Join the Halloween fun by dressing in costume. Entrance for the party will be at the back. Hotel Roomer is located in Belnem on E.E.G. Boulevard 97. (Source: Hotel Roomer)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 19, 2010 at 12:13pm AST
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Saturday, October 16, 2010

CIEE Bonaire Announces Next Public Lecture

CIEE Bonaire will hold its next public lecture presentation on Thursday, November 4, 2010 when Bryan M. Keller, presents, “Imaging the Twilight Zone: The Morphology and Distribution of Deep Reef Features, a Case Study from Bonaire.”

Mr. Keller is a master’s degree candidate with the University of Delaware. The presentation will take place at 7:00 PM at the CIEE Research Station located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26. Everyone is invited and admission is free. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 16, 2010 at 10:29am AST
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