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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Upcoming CIEE Public Presentations Cover Diverse Subjects

CIEE has a large menu of upcoming public presentations at their CIEE Research Station on Kaya Gobernador N. Debrot, some given by CIEE staff, but others by some visitors as well.  Surely these offer something for everyone!

Title: REEF Fish Identification
Speaker: Kim White
Description: Kim is a fish identification guru that loves to teach people how to identify fish and how to complete fish surveys for REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation). I’ve attached a flyer for these events. During the first half hour of each night, Kim will give an introduction to REEF, basic fish identification techniques, tools, and terminology. During the remaining 1.5 hours of each night, Kim will cover a different set of 50 fishes. These talks are always very popular, thus it might be wise to come early.
Dates: Monday’s in March (2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd) from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Title: Nutritional Exchange in the Anemonefish - Anemone Symbiosis: What Nemo Didn’t Tell You!
Speaker: Alan Verde (Maine Maritime Academy)
Description: Between Anemonefishes and Anemones in the Pacific, an mutually beneficial association occurs in which Anemonefishes get a home and Anemones get protection from predators. Alan is going to talk about his research that has demonstrated that anemones additionally gain nutrients from their Anemonefishes.
Date: Wednesday 4-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Influences on algal symbiont (Symbiodinium spp.) community dynamics in reef corals recovering from disturbance
Speaker: Patrick Nichols (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: The health of corals on tropical reefs has been widely studied, but what goes on behind the scenes when corals undergo stressful bleaching events? During this talk, Patrick will discuss research being conducted that examines the effects of the algal-coral symbiosis of corals dealing with climate change and other stressers.
Date: Wednesday 11-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Low Lionfish, No Problem: The Effects of Lionfish on Reef Fish Communities in Belize
Speaker: Serena Hackerott (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: For her Master’s thesis, Serena evaluated the apparent effects of invasive lionfish on native reef fish communities across 16 sites in Belize over 5 years. She will present her findings and put her results into the context of coral reef ecology and efficient coral reef management.
Date: Thursday 26-March (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Why do Lionfish Blow Water at Their Prey?
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Lyons (Me: faculty member at CIEE Research Station Bonaire)
Description: In 2012, Dr. Lyons and a co-author discovered and published a report on a novel hunting strategy of lionfish, blowing jets of water at prey before striking. During this past summer, Dr. Lyons and several CIEE staff members ran some experiments to examine why this behavior is useful to lionfish and whether it enhances the hunting efficiency of lionfish. During the talk, Dr. Lyons will discuss what they found.
Date: Wednesday 1-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Invasive Lionfish: Coming to an estuary near you
Speaker: Patrick Nichols (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: Lionfish are extremely versatile creatures which greatly facilitates their invasion of the Atlantic.  During this talk, Patrick will discuss his research on the salinity tolerances of lionfish as well as their effects on local benthic fauna.
Date: Monday 13-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

Title: Native versus Invasive Predators: Can Native Predators Control Lionfish
Speaker: Serena Hackerott (CIEE Research Station Bonaire Intern)
Description: As the marine community searches for ways to combat the lionfish invasion, the question is often raised- can native predators control invasive lionfish? Serena will present a large-scale study, published in PLOS One, investigating this question, and will also discuss the current evidence regarding predators learning to control lionfish over time.
Date: Wednesday 15-April (7:00 to 8:00PM)

As always, CIEE offers these public presentations at no charge, and anyone with an interest is welcome.  Lectures do begin on time, so be sure to arrive a few minutes early to get your seat.  (Source:  CIEE Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 26, 2015 at 2:04pm AST
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Enjoy a Violin and Piano Concert on Saturday, February 21st, 2015

The Classical Music Board Bonaire will host their next concert this coming Saturday beginning at 8:00 PM at the Chapel Mariadal Bonaire.  Two outstanding musicians--Simon Gollo and Armand Simon--will provide an enjoyable evening of classical music.

Simon Gollo is a violinist who has performed as a soloist with orchestras in the USA, Europe, and South America.  Armand Simon, who will be on the piano, is the international director of the Piano Festival Aruba.

The planned repertoire is to perform music from Mozart, Dvorak, Grieg, and de Sarasate.

Tickets for the concert are available at Addo’s Bookstore, Flamingo Bookstore, and Valerie’s Airport Shop.  Advance price is $25.00 per adult, but the entry at the door is $30.00 per adult.  Students, with school identification, enter at $10.00 each.

For more information and/or tickets, telephone 786-0455.

Posted by Susan Davis on February 18, 2015 at 3:26pm AST
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn Announces New Lodging Option with Four-Bedroom House

Bruce Bowker’s popular Carib Inn has a large and loyal following, with many of its guests returning year after year with their growing circle of family and friends.  The inn has just announced the opening of their latest option for lodging--a four-bedroom house located right across from the dive shop.


This new option is already available for guests and features four bedrooms, a fully equipped large kitchen, perfect for cooking in for a large group of family or friends.  All bedrooms have air-conditioning and the house sports two bathrooms with hot water.  It was customized with divers and snorkelers in mind, as there is an outside shower and dive locker available.


The house is directly across from Carib Inn, so it’s certainly convenient for those diving with Bruce. And, the rates are very attractive, and offer small groups economical accommodations, close to the sea and the dive boats.  For up to four persons, the house costs only $179.00 per night, and for five persons:  $189.00 per night; six persons:  $199.00 per night; seven persons:  $209.00 per night; and for eight persons, $219.00 per night.

For additional information, visit the Carib Inn web site by clicking here.  To check availability for the house or any other of the Carib Inn lodging options, email them at info@caribinn.com(Source:  Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 17, 2015 at 4:12pm AST
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Today’s Grand Karnaval Parade in Kralendijk Gives Stunning Color and Pagentry

Today the Grand Karnaval Parade delighted visitors and locals alike with an extra long route, allowing great closeup photography.  The event was colorful, energetic, and proved once again that Bonaire knows how to throw a party!  View images of today’s parade on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery at http://bonaire.me/Z3c2.



The parade began about 3:00 PM this afternoon, and it took about one hour long to view the entire parade of approximately seven different groups.  There was beautiful costuming with butterflies flitting around, gorillas, masqueraders, and dancing groups.



This year’s final event will take place on Tuesday evening, when the parade will retrace today’s route, but culminating at the stadium, where the traditional burning of King Momo takes place and the season of Lent officially begins.  Be there!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 15, 2015 at 6:28pm AST
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Flamingo Nests Discovered in Washington Park Salt Marshes

STINAPA staff recently discovered flamingo nests and chicks during monitoring efforts for the Caribbean Waterbird Census.

During the past few weeks, STINAPA staff have participated in an international Caribbean survey (Caribbean Waterbird Census) on waterfowl, done in collaboration with Birds Caribbean. Although STINAPA does regular surveys of waterfowl specifically in the salt marshes of Washington Park, these monitoring sessions were additional counts to officially assess Bonaire’s waterfowl for the census.

During bird counts that took place in late January and early February, new discoveries were made.  Flamingos are back in large numbers at Gotomeer, where 1587 were counted.  Flamingo nests and chicks were also discovered in one of the salt marshes of Washington Park.  Until this was discovered, it was believed that flamingos were only building nests at Pekelmeer.  STINAPA will continue to monitor the nests and chicks at the new location.

STINAPA requests that everyone observing the flamingos stay a suitable distance and do not approach them.  Flamingos can frighten easily and they might not return to an area once disturbed. (Source:  STINAPA)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 10, 2015 at 3:28pm AST
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Monday, February 09, 2015

Bonaire is in Full Karnaval Swing!

The island got off to a very good Karnaval feeling this past weekend when the youth of Bonaire strutted their stuff during the Children’s Karnaval Parade.  View images of the parade on the Bonaire Insider Photo Gallery at http://bonaire.me/Za75.



The party will continue this coming weekend when the adults get their turn, with a parade in Rincon on Saturday and in Kralendijk on Sunday afternoon.  For the Sunday parade, there is a new route, which will begin at van den Tweel Supermarket, and then move down Kaya Nikiboko Suit towards the Catholic Church, turning at Kaya Caracas, and then onto Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar toward the offices of Tourism Corporation Bonaire.  There, the parade will swing around back south on J. A. Abraham Boulevard, turning left past the stadium on Kaya Gilberto Betico Croes, and finally back on Kaya Nikiboko Suit back to the supermarket.  This is a long route, and so there will be ample opportunities for great images of the participants!

Visitors should remember that Karnaval Monday, February 16, 2015, is a legal holiday and many establishments will be closed.

The season will come to an end on Tuesday evening, February 17, 2015, when the parade will trace the same route once again in the evening, culminating at the stadium with the burning of King Momo!

Be sure to enjoy these fantastic opportunities!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 09, 2015 at 11:24am AST
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Friday, February 06, 2015

Youth Karnaval Parades Take Place This Weekend, February 7th and 8th, 2015

This weekend will host the Youth Karnaval Parade, as Bonaire is nearing the end of its Karnaval time.  Saturday will find the parade in Rincon, and Sunday it is in Kralendijk. 

The island’s children and teens are transformed into colorfully festooned cherubs with large smiles and eyes filled with wonderment!  The Youth Karnaval Parade is always a great oppotunity to take excellent images, as the crowds are less than during the Grand Karnaval Parade the next weekend.

So be sure to be in Rincon or Kralendijk during the later afternoons this weekend to enjoy this annual event!  (Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 06, 2015 at 1:29pm AST
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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Yoga Bonaire Announces New Services

Yoga Bonaire is the very popular provider of yoga practices on Bonaire, and they have recently announced a new structure to their services.  Desiree Seaver, a certified yoga instructor, now offers private or semi-private yoga or meditation sessions.

These yoga sessions are personalized in Yin/Restorative/Hatha Vinyasa Flow. Private Yoga is an invaluable tool for students of all levels and experience. Together with you, they can deepen your practice, connecting breath, body, mind and spirit, answer questions as well as create a home practice for you.

Another new service is hand-crafted mala beads with pieces of ocean treasures found on Bonaire’s shoreline.  Mala beads are commonly used during meditation sessions and usually are made up of 108 beads, used for keeping count while reciting, chanting, or mentally repeating a mantra.  Desiree makes each strand of beads with unique beads of wood, stone, or even seeds, coupled with true Bonairean gems.

For those who would like to try out yoga, this Sunday, February 8th, will present a unique opportunity, when Desiree, along with husband, Don, and son, Rik, will offer a family yoga session on the beach at Te Amo at 8:00 AM.  Those wishing to participate should bring their own yoga mat or large beach towel, drinks, or food.  All ages and stages are welcome!

To learn more about what Yoga Bonaire offers, visit their website by clicking here(Source:  Yoga Bonaire)

Posted by Susan Davis on February 05, 2015 at 3:48pm AST
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