Hawksbill Nesting Project

New NCSU graduate student Andy Maurer sent in an update on his research on Antigua.  Cool stuff…..

Hawksbill nesting season with the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project in Antigua is well under way. After 3 weeks of monitoring, we have had 25 nests laid by 21 females. Many more to come. There have been 8 first time nesters, or neophytes, already this […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|0 Comments

New Hawksbill Project

A BBC story on an important hawksbill nesting location in Antigua.  Timely, as we have just accepted a new student, Andrew Maurer, into the NCSU graduate program.  Andrew will conduct his field work at this site, looking at factors that affect nesting success in hawksbills.  Some of the hawksbills that take up residence in The Bahamas, may well have […]

By | 2015-04-26T09:59:55-05:00 April 26th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|0 Comments

Loggerhead Connection

A new paper on the repeated migrations of loggerheads from their residence areas in The Bahamas to nesting beaches in the Dry Tortugas.  Remarkable they track back to the same areas after each trip.  Here is the paper summary:

Background: Delineation of home ranges, residence and foraging areas, and migration corridors is important for understanding the habitat needs for a […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:15-05:00 April 24th, 2015|Categories: Beaches, herpetology, migration, Turtles|1 Comment

Hurricanes drove the spread of lionfish to The Bahamas?

Probably the biggest question about the lionfish invasion is how, some time around 2004, lionfish moved across the Gulf Stream to The Bahamas (remember blaming Atlantis, which has since been debunked by genetic studies).  This study poses a fascinating idea – that current perturbations during hurricanes (like Irene above) allowed lionfish to reach The Bahamas.  If you are interested, […]

By | 2017-12-01T14:02:18-05:00 January 25th, 2015|Categories: Fish, Invasive Species, lionfish, migration|0 Comments

Most Important Sites for Birds in The Bahamas

A new report from BirdLife on over 12,000 of the most important sites for birds in the world (summary here and pdf of report here).  Forty-two are in The Bahamas (BNT press release here).  Good to see The Bahamas featured (profile here), although many of the sites are pretty vague (see list here).

By | 2014-11-26T09:06:07-05:00 November 26th, 2014|Categories: Birds, marine protected areas, migration|0 Comments

Day-Night Differences in Fish Communities

Martha Zapata was one of our super undergraduates at Florida International University.  Her Honor’s Thesis was published today in the journal Caribbean Naturalist.  She describes the turnover in fish assemblages on natural and artificial reefs from day to night.  Most of the fish leave the reef at dusk to forage and then return before dawn.  This is the dynamic […]

By | 2014-10-24T18:15:25-05:00 October 24th, 2014|Categories: Artificial Reefs, Coral, Fish, migration|0 Comments