Posts tagged Wider Caribbean
A Caribbean Eden Recovers From Hurricane Irma

Barbuda is a small island (162 sq km, or 62.5 sq mi) located in the Leeward Islands chain of the eastern Caribbean, 62 km (38.5 mi) from its sister island, Antigua. So few are Barbuda’s human residents, in fact, that the donkeys, goats, horses, dogs, and cats that roam the island likely outnumber the people. Although not globally known as a tourist destination, Barbuda boasts numerous pristine white and pink beaches, on which nest substantial populations of hawksbill, leatherback, and green sea turtles. Loggerheads, too, are known to periodically forage around the island’s seagrass beds and offshore reefs, and a leatherback is occasionally spotted.

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The Conservation Status of the Kemp's Ridley Worldwide

The Kemp’s ridley is a signature species for the Gulf of Mexico, and it has become an icon for conservation. Its story includes a long-term international conservation effort, undertaken by Mexico and the United States, which brought the species back from the brink of extinction. A recently completed IUCN Red List assessment not only evaluated the Kemp’s ridley’s current conservation status but also provided a rare glimpse into the history of a critically endangered species prior to its decline.

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The Wayuu: Shepherds of the Sea

The Wayuu, of northern South America, consider themselves to be the protectors and custodians of an ancient culture based on maintaining a harmonious alliance with nature. Like many other indigenous groups around the world, the Wayuu revere turtles to this day for their spiritual and cultural values and as a source of food, medicine, and other products that are crucial to their daily lives.

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