Posted by: nept | March 5, 2010

Wetlands Education Workshop Successful!

This past week (Feb 22nd-26th) NEPT and SCSCB (Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds) hosted two Wetlands Education Workshops.  The first workshop took place from Feb 22nd-24th for international members of SCSCB and Feb 25th-26th for Jamaican educators and members. (Please see previous post or Flickr account for pictures)

There were about 20 members who attended the workshop for international members.  The activities focused primarily on how to count and monitor wetland birds on their respective islands.  The nations represented at the conference included The Dominican Republic, The British Virgin Islands, The Bahamas, Turks and Cacos, Cuba and of course Jamaica.  The participants also took trips to both the Royal Palm Reserve and The Black River Safari to test their newly learned bird monitoring methods.  In addition to bird monitoring information, there were workshop sessions that explained the intricacies of successful grant writing and proposals.

There were also about 20 people who attended the workshop for Jamaican educators.  The 1st day of activities for the educators workshop centered around integrating wetlands activities into lesson plans.  The 2nd day was a field day, in which the participants went on bird watching expeditions at various locations around Negril, including the Royal Palm Reserve.  Also on the field day, the facilitators demonstrated how to engage students through wetlands based experiments and wetlands games.

For more information or if you are interested in attending next year, please email us at


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