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Monday, February 24, 2014

It’s Karnival Time--Time to Party

The Karnival season on Bonaire is soon drawing to a close, and so, as tradition dictates, this past weekend hosted the Youth Karnival Parade.  The island’s children and teens were transformed into colorfully festooned cherubs with large smiles and eyes filled with wonderment!  Images from this weekend’s parade can be viewed on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery at http://bonaire.me/Zd7d.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade doesn’t have anything on Bonaire, as this year’s Youth Parade had its own large Mickey Mouse floating down the streets of Kralendijk.  Energy was high throughout the long parade route, as the kids gave it their all. 


Costumes were elaborate and very colorful with each of the nine groups participating sporting its own theme.  In all, over 200 youths participated in this beautiful display of imagination.  The dancing in the streets was definitely high energy as the groups made a circle through Kralendijk’s downtown area.


Next week it will be the big kids’ turn, when on Saturday in Rincon and Sunday in Kralendijk the Grande Karnival Parade will take place.  Plan to be in place by 2:00 PM either day and we’ll see if the adults can match the kids in energy!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)


Note Update March 5, 2014: Images of Bonaire’s Grand Karnival Parade are available on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery by clicking here.

Posted by Susan Davis on February 24, 2014 at 12:57pm AST
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pure Bonaire 2013 Photographic Essay is Now Available

For those visitors who made their annual pilgrimage to Bonaire in 2013, now there’s a photo book chronicling the year’s events of life on Bonaire.  Pure Bonaire 2013, a pictoral annual book, is now available for ordering.  The book focuses upon events on Bonaire in 2013--Karnival, Dia di Rincon, kiteboarding and windsurfing events, as well as the island’s flora and fauna and impressive nature and landscapes.

This just released book is 131 pages with casewrap-hardcover binding, white interior paper (100# weight), full-color interior ink, white exterior paper (100# weight), full-color exterior ink, and measures 8.5” wide by 11” tall.  It’s the perfect memento for Bonaire aficionados who visited Bonaire in 2013.  The cost is $85.00 and it can be ordered individually or in small quantities online, and the book usually ships within five days of placing an order.  Click here to preview the book or to make a purchase. 

Posted by Susan Davis on February 19, 2014 at 2:55pm AST
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Carolien’s Long Journey is at an End

On September 12th 2013, Carolien, a female Hawksbill sea turtle, crawled ashore on Klein Bonaire to lay what would be her final nest of the season. Eighty-five days and over 5,000 km (3,000 miles) later, Carolien would reach Honduras, the sixth country visited along her lengthy migration home. The coastal waters around Honduras are likely to be Carolien’s “home foraging ground,” where she spends the majority of her adult life. Bonaire’s breeding turtles--like Carolien--return to Bonaire, their places of birth, every two to three years to breed and, if female, nest.

Equipped with a satellite transmitter fixed to her carapace, this critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle became the 24th turtle tracked by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire. Identifying sea turtles’ migratory routes and distant foraging grounds aids understanding of the species and provides valuable information in support of strategies for regional conservation.

No signal has been received from Carolien’s transmitter since December 26th, meaning it is likely out of battery, broken, or detached from her carapace. However, Carolien had been in the same location--135 km (84 miles) northeast of Honduras--for three weeks, indicating her migration was likely complete. This general area, where Honduran, Colombian, and Panamanian waters come together, has proven to be of great importance to Bonaire’s breeding turtles as eight of the 24 tracked turtles have returned here.

Carolien’s migration path was unusual and not highly efficient to reach Honduras. She left Bonaire west to visit the coastal waters of both Curaçao and Aruba, cruised across the Caribbean Sea west at a rapid pace (for several days she averaged 7.4 kph or 4.6 mph!), then looped around south in Panamanian waters of the Kuna Yala Archipelago, only to return north again through Colombian, Nicaraguan and eventually Honduran waters. Despite being known as exceptional navigators, sea turtles do make migration errors, which perhaps explains Carolien’s 5,000 km (3,000 mile) swam to reach a destination only 1,600 km (1,000 miles) away. It is also typical however, for sea turtles to use “stopover” areas to help refuel energy on their journey home.

Carolien, we’ll see you again in a few years!  (Source:  Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 18, 2014 at 3:53pm AST
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Monday, February 17, 2014

12th Annual Special Olympics Bonaire Walk-A-Thon is March 9th, 2014

The Special Olympics Bonaire will once again host a special fundraiser with their twelfth annual Walk-A-Thon on March 9th, 2014.  The start will be at the White Slave Huts at 5:00 AM and the finish will be at Pasa Dia Karino in Rincon.

The cost to participate is $15.00 per person and includes an event t-shirt.  There will be a water station with healthy snacks and water available every 5 kilometers/3 miles.  Food and drinks will be enjoyed by all participants at the finish line.  Lunch will be served at Pasa Dia Karino from 9:30 AM until 1:30 PM. 

Participants may pick up their t-shirts at El Mundo Restaurant on Kaya Grandi either Friday March 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, or Saturday, March 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Everyone may participate--it doesn’t matter which mode of transportation you choose, you may walk, run, or cycle either part of all of the planned route.  All proceeds go to Special Olympics Bonaire.  Tickets are available from the board members and coaches of Special Olympics.  (Source:  Special Olympics Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 17, 2014 at 2:14pm AST
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Bonaire Re-Introduces Non-Resident Arrival Card

The Tourism Corporation Bonaire (TCB) has recently announced that it has upgraded its system of collecting visitor information data. The new system is already in place. The Bonaire Non Resident Card (BNRC) is similar to the arrival data cards used by other Caribbean destinations.

Bonaire will be using a unique card specifically geared toward the island’s needs for information and data. It will provide invaluable information about the age group, exact area of origin, the port of embarkation, and the life style preferences of those visiting Bonaire.  Several of the airlines with service to Bonaire International Airport (BIA) are now distributing the BNRC cards to their passengers on board each aircraft. All non-residents arriving at Bonaire International Airport are requested to fill in the BNRC card before landing.  The completed cards are then deposited in the specially marked boxes in front of the immigration booths or in the arrival hall next to the baggage claim area. Cards are then collected by TCB for processing.  (Source:  TCB-Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 10, 2014 at 12:42pm AST
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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Next CIEE Public Lecture is Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The next lecture in the free series of lectures provided by CIEE will be Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM, on the top of Shrimp-Goby Mutualism in the Caribbean.

Presented by CIEE’s own Dr. Patrick Lyons, the presentation will focus upon tropical coral-reef systems worldwide (including those of Bonaire), and the blind snapping shrimp and goby fishes which form partnerships whereby they both benefit (mutualisms). These shrimp construct shelters in the sand that they share with goby “roommates.” In return, gobies act as “watchmen” for the blind shrimp and warn them when it is unsafe to exit the burrow.  In the tropical Western Atlantic, several goby species form mutualisms with a single shrimp species, but each of the goby species behaves very differently toward the shrimp. For example, one goby species rarely ventures away from shrimp burrows while another goby species frequently roams great distances from shrimp burrows. Dr. Lyons’ research has clarified behavioral differences among these different goby species. Additionally, his research has provided some explanations for why the goby species behave differently even while associating with the same shrimp species. His research adds insight into the evolution of shrimp-goby mutualism.

As always, the lecture is free and everyone is welcome.  It will be held at the CIEE Research Station, at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot #26 (Kralendijk).  (Source:  CIEE)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 05, 2014 at 2:51pm AST
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