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Monday, October 17, 2011

Sea Turtle Conservation Board (STCB) Tracks Jklynn, the Second and Last Turtle of 2011

The STCB tracking team spent three nights on Klein Bonaire waiting before hawksbill turtle Jklynn emerged from the water at 12:30 AM on October 14, 2011, clearly visible in the brightness of a full moon, to make her nest. After rejecting her initial location, she swam back through the water to select another spot on a high sandy dune to lay her eggs and cover them for their 60 day incubation period. The six member tracking team then followed protocol to collect data and attach the transmitting device to the turtle, before switching it on and releasing her. The nest is Jklynn’s second of the season and she will likely lay two or three more nests around Bonaire before beginning the migration to her feeding grounds. 

Jklynn was named as part of a raffle held at the local high school, SGB. The winning student was Jacquelyne Bernabela who came up with a version of her own name to share with the turtle. Jklynn is sponsored by a grant from the Valley Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to providing access to fresh water for nature and for humans.

The transmitter deployed on Jklynn marked the launch of a new contest by STCB called The Great Migration Game, a contest for middle and high school students on Bonaire. The students will use online mapping technology to predict where Jklynn will migrate after nesting on Bonaire. The winner who is closest will be presented with a new Blackberry phone and the 10 students with the most accurate predictions will be rewarded with a day in the field with STCB staff and given new STCB gear.

The Great Migration Game is the education section of an STCB project funded by Google, where STCB utilizes Google technology on their web site to create interactive tracking maps. The goal of the project is to raise community awareness and support for sea turtle conservations and highlight the importance of international cooperation in the protection of migratory sea turtles. (Source: Sea Turtle Conservation Board)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 17, 2011 at 5:12pm AST
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Bonaire’s Own Captain Don Stewart Publishes His Next Book, “Sea Trauma”

Sea Trauma, the latest book by Captain Don Stewart, is hot off the press and is now available for sale. The book is an adventure story which carries a strong underwater environmental theme while portraying a series of adventures, leading to an exciting conclusion.

Sea Trauma is a novel about a family and their many adventures, set in a quick-paced and action-packed undersea story. The book interweaves the theme of nature protection when the family and their supporters need to find the courage to challenge various obstacles in an effort to rejuvenate and rescue the oceans, which have been pushed to the brink of death by pollution.

Sea Trauma follows Captain Don’s last book, Reef Windows, and both books are available for sale on Mondays at the Meet the Captain event from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on the Kunuku Terrace at Captain Don’s Habitat. The book also may be purchased at most bookstores on Bonaire as well as at the Captain Locker at Captain Don’s Habitat.  Captain Don will be presenting and autographing copies of his book at a book signing held on Saturday October 29, 2011 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Addo’s Book and Toys, located at Kaya Grandi #36 in Kralendijk.  (Source: Captain Don Stewart)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 17, 2011 at 10:58am AST
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Next Underwater Cleanup is Saturday, October 22, 2011

The underwater cleanups have become very popular activities, with over 100 participants joining in together on each event to keep Bonaire beautiful.  As such, there is another cleanup scheduled to take place at Karel’s Beach Bar Pier on Saturday, October 22, 2011.

Everyone is welcome to participate--divers, snorkelers, and those who wish to lend a hand with shore support.  Anyone interested in participating should check in at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine at 12:30 PM, and the dive briefing will begin at 1:00 PM.  All participants are welcome to return at 5:00 PM for the event’s customary BBQ at Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine; drinks and main courses will be provided by Dive Friends, but participants are asked to bring a side dish to share.  Those planning on attending should advise Dive Friends Bonaire by sending an email to cleanup@dive-friends-bonaire.com or calling 717-2929 to make a reservation.  For additional information about the cleanups, click here. (Source:  Dive Friends Bonaire)


Posted by Susan Davis on October 13, 2011 at 3:24pm AST
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Bonaire to Host Workshop for the Dutch Caribbean’s Nature Policy

On Thursday, October 13th, 2011, the first workshop for the formulation of a Nature Policy Plan for the Dutch Caribbean will be held on Bonaire. The main stakeholders of Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Bonaire in the area of nature conservation and protection will come together to discuss the structure and content of this policy.

As the basis for the workshop, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) evaluated the nature policy of the Netherlands Antilles of the past ten years. That evaluation is now complete and it will serve as the basis for establishing the structure of a new nature policy for the Dutch Caribbean for the next five years.  At the next workshop, the rough structure of the policy will be discussed and developed further. The result will then be further developed in close consultation with all stakeholders into a complete nature policy. The definitive nature policy will then be presented to the Minister of EL&I who is responsible for establishing it.

The formulation of a five-year nature policy for the Dutch Caribbean is a legal obligation which is based on the Law of Principle of Nature Management and Protection BES. This law requires for the nature policy to contain at least the achievable objectives concerning nature and the landscape. It should also include the priorities that should be addressed in the field of nature and the landscape, the conservation of values that should be taken into consideration, and a list of national parks (both on land and at sea) that consist of nature parks established by Island Ordinance or Ministerial Decree. (Source:  Rijksdienst)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 10, 2011 at 12:46pm AST
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Saturday, October 08, 2011

Antillean Wine Company to Hold Wine Tasting Tonight

The Antillean Wine Company is holding their monthly wine tasting tonight. The monthly wine tastings are a fun opportunity to sample new wines and appetizers while mixing with both island residents and visitors. 

The wine tasting is comprised of three whites and three reds, chosen by the staff, to sample for the evening. Participants are invited to rate and describe the wines if they would like to. The cost is $10 per person.

The wine tasting will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Antillean Wine Company, located at Kaya Industria 23 and everyone is welcome to attend. (Source: Antillean Wine Company)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 08, 2011 at 8:39am AST
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Friday, October 07, 2011

Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) To Suspend Operations To and From Bonaire for 30 Days

The Bonaire Insider has just learned that, as part of a restructuring, Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) will suspend all operations to and from both Bonaire and Aruba beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2011.  Both Insel Air and Tiara Air do plan on adding in additional flights during this period.

This suspension in services might affect those visitors who are arriving from North America or Europe via Curacao or Aruba, and those who have confirmed reservations on DAE for the 30 day period commencing next Tuesday, are urged to immediately make other arrangements.  Flights are available on Divi Divi Air, Insel Air, EZ Air, or Tiara Air.  For more information on contacting these airlines, click here.  Or, for additional information, contact DAE at 717-0808.  (Source:  Bonaire International Airport)

Note Update October 18, 2011: The Bonaire Insider has just been informed by DAE that those ticketed passengers affected by the interruption of service will be provided with alternative transportation to their final destination, whether this be Bonaire, Aruba, or Curacao.  Additionally, DAE will provide a voucher which will have a value equivalent to the value of the unused ticket purchased by the customer. This voucher can be used within a year of its issuance to purchase any ticket on DAE’s network.  Passengers may also opt to refund their unused tickets.

We’re told that DAE is currently doing all within its means to contact passengers flying to one of the above mentioned destinations. Inbound or outbound Bonaire passengers whom have not been contacted are requested to contact the DAE call center at telephone 717-0808, open daily from 07:00 AM until 10:00 PM.

DAE would like to make use of this opportunity and offer its sincere apologies for any inconvenience that may be caused due to the temporary suspension of its flights to and from Aruba and Bonaire.  (Source:  Dutch Antilles Express)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 07, 2011 at 2:17pm AST
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Try Tai Chi at Bon Bida Spa and Gym; The First Class is Free

Last month, Ron Sewell began teaching two classes each week of Tai Chi and Qigong, and to encourage everyone to try out this new experience on Bonaire, Bon Bida Spa and Gym is offering anyone who is interested the opportunity to take their first class for free.

The Tai Chi and Qigong exercises are a preventative medicine approach to health and wellness.  The exercise routines are low impact, but build great body and core strength and are well known to prevent and improve even severe arthritic conditions.  Students will learn a series of postures that are connected together in a long flowing form.  The class focuses upon power and balance and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness.  Ron will teach each Monday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 AM, and again on Friday afternoon for an extended class from 5:30 through 7:00 PM.  For additional information, call 717-7224 or simply show up at the appointed class time. (Source:  Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Note Update October 11, 2011: The Insider has just learned that, due to popular request, the Friday class has been changed to Wednesday.  So, from 5:00 to 5:30 PM, Ron will teach Qigong, and from 5:30 to 6:30 PM, the class will be comprised of Tai Chi and Qigong.  Ron’s Monday class remains unchanged.  (Source:  Bon Bida Spa & Gym)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 07, 2011 at 1:57pm AST
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Thursday, October 06, 2011

CIEE Announces Two Public Presentations

CIEE has two public lectures coming up soon. The first is Wednesday October 12th and the second is on Wednesday October 19th, both at 7:00 PM.

"Bats, Caves and Cacti, Ecological Treasures of Xeric Regions” will be presented on Wednesday October 12th by Fernando Simal, the manager of the Natural and Historic Resources Unit of Stinapa. Then on Wednesday October 19th, “Coral Recruitment in the Gardens of Good and Evil” will be presented by Raphael Ritson-Williams, a laboratory technician in the marine chemical ecology group at the Smithsonian Marine Station.

The presentations will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 PM at the CIEE Research Station, located at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26. All are invited to attend and admission is free. (Source: CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 06, 2011 at 10:36am AST
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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Place to Be Was on the Beach for Jong Bonaire’s 11th Annual Swim to Klein Bonaire

Bonaire’s 44th annual Regatta Week kicked off this past Sunday with the 11th annual Swim to Klein Bonaire, hosted by Jong Bonaire. The event was well attended by both island residents and tourists, with many on hand to cheer on the participants.

Unlike last year, when a sudden wind reversal made the swim difficult, this year the weather for the event was beautiful with clear and sunny skies, but a strong easterly wind and some waves in the channel made the return trip challenging for those opting to do the whole roundtrip. 325 swimmers participated in the event. The youngest participants were age 6, and there were several of them, and the oldest participant was 72. Plenty of volunteers and rescue boats were present for those who couldn’t finish the swim or chose not to battle the wind and waves on the return part of the swim.


This year’s men’s winner was Peter Zweers with a time of 34.40, followed by Leonard Klueters finishing at 35.27, and the third place finisher was Samson Everts with a time of 37.56.  On the women’s side, Terzha Richards finished first with a time of 37.30, followed by Ryda Luz Emmer at 37.50 and in third place was Kale Feliz with a time of 39.45. The Bonaire Insider’s own Susan Davis finished near the front of the group, coming in in about 49 minutes. The last person finished the competition in 2 hours and 3 minutes.

The wind forecast for the rest of Regatta Week is excellent with winds predicted between 12 and 20 knots each day. Various Regatta events will be held daily for the rest of the week, with the races concluding on Friday. The final party is Saturday evening in Kralendijk. (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter, images by Tim Nesselrodt and Marc Sieverding)

Posted by Ann Johnson on October 05, 2011 at 10:57am AST
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011

City Shop Bonaire Launches Web Site

City Shop on Bonaire is one of the islands’s largest retail stores offering all types of household products, computers and electronics, and a complete service department.  As part of their current expansion, the store has just launched a web site so that their customers can see in advance exactly what brands and items are available at the store.  Visit the new web site by clicking here.

City Shop currently offers a 700-square-meter showroom and has plans for the near future to expand that to 1150-square-meters.  The store stocks a variety of well known brand names in home appliances and furnishings, air-conditioners, kitchen appliances, office furniture, mattresses, computers, electronics and cell phones.  All items sold can be serviced by the in-house service team.

This offers those living on Bonaire as well as those who have second homes the opportunity to furnish their homes.  Or, visitors who just forgot an important cable or charger have the opportunity to see if it’s available at City Shop.  The web site provides images and links to the manufacturer’s items which City Shop either stocks or can special order.  They welcome inquiries and can be reached by email by clicking here(Source:  City Shop Web Site)

Posted by Susan Davis on October 04, 2011 at 4:25pm AST
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