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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Take Advantage of the Final 2014 Taste of Bonaire on Sunday, August 31, 2014

Those visiting Bonaire over the past few months have definitely enjoyed the island’s Taste of Bonaire events where anyone and everyone gathers in Wilhelmina Park and enjoys music, arts and crafts, and the reason for the gathering--Food!  This Sunday, August 31st, 2014, will be the final time this year to enjoy this unique event.

This event marks the “Food Festival” Edition, featuring cuisine by Sonia Home, Boudoir, Boca Dushi Snacks, Lize Grill House, Go Green Natural & Organic Spot, Gibi’s, Posada Para Mira, China Nobo, Spice Beach Club, Indu Food, El Mundo, and Cuba Compagnie.

Enjoy performances by Grupo Karino, Grupe Tutti Frutti, and the winners of Miss and Mister Intercontinental 2014, as well as meet the new Miss and Mister Teen Bonaire 2014 participants. 

It all happens this Sunday in Wilhelmina Park from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  Be there, or wait until 2015 for the next event!  (Source:  TCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 28, 2014 at 4:47pm AST
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bonaire’s Mangrove Info Center Launches New Web Site

The Mangrove Info Center, located at Lac Bay, has just announced the launching of their newly renovated web site, which can be viewed at www.mangrovecenter.com.

The Mangrove Info Centers offers a variety of kayak tours, as well as solar-powered boat tours, through the mangrove area of Lac Bay.  This is an often-overlooked, and fragile habitat on Bonaire, and a tour through the mangroves provides an insight into a totally different environment than the reef offers.

The new web site provides both practical information, such as what items to bring when taking a tour and other helpful planning information, as well as general information on the mangroves of Lac Bay.  The media section provides videos to give those interested a taste of what to expect, and links to read articles that have been published about the Mangrove Center.

The web site offers stunning photography of the Lac mangrove habitat, both from the water and from the air.  The photo gallery offers the opportunity to garner a glimpse into some of the many birds that call Lac home, and it’s a great place to see Bonaire’s famous flamingos.  For those who are intrigued with seeing this little known area of Bonaire on their next visit, the web site provides an easy-to-use, online reservation tool.  Even if you are not planning a visit soon, it’s certainly worth a look at the web site to enjoy the images of Bonaire’s Lac area.  (Source:  Mangrove Info Center)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 27, 2014 at 2:51pm AST
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The 2013 STCB Research and Monitoring Report is Now Available Online

Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (STCB) was initiated in the early 1990s to protect the island’s marine turtle populations. Their current research and monitoring efforts, which were standardized more than a decade ago, include monitoring important nesting beaches around Bonaire, conducting intensive in-water netting and snorkel surveys (capture-mark-recapture), and tracking post-breeding turtle migration using satellite telemetry. These techniques provide STCB with a better understanding of Bonaire sea turtles’ breeding success, abundance, health, residency duration, habitat quality, growth rates, migratory paths, distant feeding grounds, and threats.

During the 2013 season, STCB observed 77 nests at their index beach on Klein Bonaire. Total hawksbill (54) and loggerhead (23) nests documented there were similar to numbers observed during recent years.  Across Bonaire and Klein Bonaire, they observed four species crawling 231 times, including 126 confirmed or suspected nests. Because our coverage of the island was not complete and weather conditions can quickly obscure crawls, these nation-wide figures represent the minimum number of crawls and nests that occurred on Bonaire and Klein Bonaire during 2013. As in previous years, nesting activities peaked during June through August. Thirty-four green turtle nests and a single leatherback nest were recorded in northeastern Bonaire, whereas hawksbills and loggerheads primarily nested on Klein Bonaire and beaches of southern Bonaire.

Green turtles and hawksbills were observed along the west coast of Bonaire, around Klein Bonaire, and adjacent to Lac during snorkel surveys. Green turtle sightings were particularly high near Lac, and netting surveys also suggested large aggregations of green turtles in shallow, sea grass foraging sites of Lac. Green turtles documented there were larger than individuals reported elsewhere in Bonaire.

Five green turtles tagged in 2003 and 2006 were reported in Nicaragua’s sea turtle harvest, valuable data about sea turtle movements which complement our satellite tracking program.

Unfortunately, incidences of fibropapillomatosis among green turtles were more widespread in 2013 than recent seasons.

In 2013, they tracked a post-nesting female hawksbill turtle using satellite telemetry from Bonaire to Honduras over a period of 85 days. The turtle passed through six national territorial waters, swimming over 5,000 km (3,000 mi) to reach a general area proven to be important foraging grounds for Bonaire breeding turtles.

STCB also outfitted a hawksbill with a datalogger to gather information on hawksbill habitat use and behaviors. The device, which collects GPS locations and depth information, was retrieved in July, 2013. Preliminary results are consistent with previously deployed dataloggers, indicating regular movements in and out of Lac Bay.

Sadly, the organization logged 18 turtles stranded during 2013, 12 of which were found dead or had to be euthanized.

STCB will be undertaking several new research initiatives in the coming year, including using their tagging data to estimate the total population of sea turtles using Bonaire’s waters (which will assist with making management policy) and to estimate the tremendous growth rates of green turtles in Lac, as well as reviewing the current monitoring program to ensure that protocols are as efficient as possible. 

Download the full report by clicking here. (Source:  STCB)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 26, 2014 at 3:56pm AST
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Friday, August 08, 2014

This Weekend Provides Opportunities for a Different Bonaire Experience!

Weekends are normally filled with all sorts of activities featuring sun, sand, and sea, but this weekend, there are opportunities to enjoy different sorts of activities.  Enjoy Antillean Wine’s monthly wine-tasting event, and then take a tour on the Zr. Ms Groningen, an ocean-going patrol vessel of the Holland Class.

Saturday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Antillean Wine will feature six wines to taste and enjoy at their store located on Kaya Industria #23.  Cost is $10.00 per person, and small snacks are provided as well.

Also starting Saturday, the Zr. Ms Groningen will be visiting the Port of Bonaire.  All those living on or visiting Bonaire will have the opportunity to view this vessel on Sunday, August 10th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, during their naval open day.  This vessel executes important Coast Guard tasks such as patrolling the coastal waters, checking shipping, and performing search and rescue operations. In addition to performing these tasks, the Zr. Ms Groningen also strives to combat terrorism and piracy and conduct anti-drug operations.

A unique concept of the ship is the integrated mast module (IMM). The IMM contains all the systems that make up the “eyes and ears” of the vessel. 
For the first radar and communication antenna systems together in one package, allowing the ship to monitor objects both in the air or in the sea.

(Source:  Antillean Wine, OLB)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 08, 2014 at 3:52pm AST
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Learn Your Bonaire Fish ID at the next CIEE Public Presentation

The next presentation in the community education series of CIEE Bonaire will be held on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM.  The guest speakers will be Carlos and Allison Estape, fish identification gurus and underwater photographers who work closely with REEF.

During their presentation, they will show attendees how to enjoy a “100-fish dive,” in other words, how to spot over 100 different fish species on only one dive.  They will put a high focus upon some of the neat, cryptic fishes that most people overlook.

As always, the event will be held at the CIEE Bonaire headquarters at Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot.  Entrance is free, and everyone is welcome.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 06, 2014 at 5:20pm AST
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Delta Friday Flight Fare Sale Starts Today

Delta is now offering a Friday Flight Fare Sale for travel from select cities in the United States to Bonaire. For example, round-trip fares are as low as $598.00 from Baltimore, MD (BWI), $600.00 from New York (JFK), and $618.00 from Boston (BOS) to Bonaire are available for Friday travel.  Delta’s Friday seasonal service to Bonaire begins on August 22, 2014.

To check availability and fares from your gateway city, visit www.delta.com.  Tickets must be purchased no later than August 12, 2014 with travel between August 22, 2014 and December 12, 2014.  Note that a portion of travel for some itineraries may be on the Delta Connection® carriers: Chautauqua Airlines, Compass Airlines, Endeavor Air, ExpressJet Airlines, Inc., GoJet Airlines, Shuttle America, and SkyWest; Delta Shuttle® carriers: Shuttle America and Compass Airlines.

Terms and Conditions:
Restrictions: Fares shown are available at delta.com. Tickets cost $25 more if purchased from Delta over the phone, $35 more at a Delta ticket counter or ticket office, and these amounts are nonrefundable. Tickets are non-transferable. Seats are limited.

Blackout Dates: Bonaire to Boston, MA- November 22, 2014 to November 28,2014; Bonaire to Baltimore, MD- November 22, 2014 – November 28, 2014; Bonaire to Philadelphia, PA – November 22, 2014 to November 29, 2014; Bonaire to Raleigh/Durham, NYC – November 22, 2014 to November 29, 2014 Bonaire to New York (JFK), NY- August 22, 2014 – August 30, 2014; Baltimore, MD to Bonaire- November 15, 2014 to November 29, 2014; New York (JFK), NY to Bonaire- August 22, 2014 to August 23, 2014 & November 15, 2014 to November 22, 2014

Fare Validity: Fares shown are valid for Friday, while higher fares may apply for travel Saturday. Fares are valid for travel in the Economy cabin on Delta flights only.

Advance Purchase:  14 Days

Minimum Stay:  Saturday Night

Maximum Stay: None.

Cancellations/Refunds/Changes: Tickets are nonrefundable except in accordance with Delta’s cancellation policy. Fees may apply for downgrades/reissues and itinerary changes. Contact a Delta agent or see Ticket Changes for details.

Baggage Charges
For travel between the United States/Canada/PR/U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean & Bermuda, $25 USD/CAD1 fee for first checked bag (except flights to/from Dominican Republic, Guyana, and Haiti) and $40 USD/CAD1 fee for second checked bag. 

1: CAD or EUR amounts will be charged when exiting Canada or Europe, respectively.
Allowances subject to size/weight limits. Contact a Delta agent or see Excess Baggage for details.

Miscellaneous: Fares, fees, rules, and offers are subject to change without notice. Other restrictions may apply.  (Source:  Delta)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 05, 2014 at 12:40pm AST
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Friday, August 01, 2014

Jelly Warning for Those Swimming, Snorkeling, or Diving

STINAPA rangers have recently noticed a higher-than-normal abundance of jellies in the in-shore waters surrounding Bonaire.

Those users of the Bonaire Marine Park, such as swimmers, divers, snorkelers, windsurfers, or kiteboarders, should be alerted and take precautions against jelly stings.  Jellies can be diurnal (out in the daytime) or nocturnal (out at night), so those in the water should take extra precautions now and in the coming days.  (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on August 01, 2014 at 2:01pm AST
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