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The annual Migratory Bird Festival is a free, public event where residents and visitors alike can see, celebrate, and learn about the marvelous migratory birds that travel thousands of miles each year to visit or spend the winter in St. Martin. These amazing birds connect the Americas with their incredible journeys, and St. Martin plays an important role in their life cycle.

Activities at the 2016 Migratory Bird Festival will include birdwatching, multimedia presentations, art activities and more! This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 16th from 9am to noon at University of St. Martin, right in the middle of the Great Salt Pond, the seasonal home of many migratory bird species. The festival is brought to you by Les Fruits de Mer and University of St. Martin. Keep an eye on this page for more details.

Date: Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Time: 9am – Noon
Location: University of Saint Martin on Pond Island in Philipsburg
Join and invite friends on Facebook!
Put up a MBF Poster at your office or school! EnglishFrench
Follow festival updates on the blog.

Activities:

  • Birdwatching on the Great Salt Pond with Binkie van Es
  • Migratory bird-themed coloring and art activities for kids
  • Portable pond activity to learn about aquatic invertebrates
  • Bird photography coaching
  • Free Lignum Vitae/Gaïac seedling giveaway with Club Gaïac
  • Presentations about migratory birds and related topics
  • More fun and educational activities to be announced!

The Migratory Bird Festival is part of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), coordinated across the entire Western Hemisphere by Environment for the Americas and in the Caribbean by BirdsCaribbean.

2016 Co-host

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University of St. Martin
The University of St. Martin was founded on the principle that education can improve the quality of life for people, like yourselves, here on St. Martin and in the region, and continues to be steadfast in its commitment to the community. For over two decades, USM has been offering students the opportunity to discover their potential and helping them realize their academic and professional goals.
http://www.usmonline.netUSM on Facebook


2016 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2016 festival? Contact us!

Esplanade-logo-squareHotel L’Esplanade
This hotel has established a cult following from guests that enjoy an authentic, luxurious, unpretentious and un-touristy Caribbean experience with a homey feel. Acknowledged by TripAdvisor as one of the Caribbean’s “Best Hidden Gems”, and more recently named #19 of the top 25 hotels in all of the Caribbean. Hotel L’Esplanade has been a benefactor member since 2013 and has sponsored many Les Fruits de Mer events.
http://www.lesplanade.com

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Yacht Club Port de Plaisance
The Caribbean’s most elegant marina, the Yacht Club Port de Plaisance offers 90 slips for sail and motor-powered vessels. A full-service facility that prides itself on the professional delivery of services and a distinctly Dutch-French-Caribbean brand of hospitality, it is conveniently located within Simpson Bay Lagoon, considered by many as the finest anchorage in the Caribbean.
http://www.portdeplaisancemarina.com

LagooniesLagoonies Bistro and Bar
Lagoonies Bistro and Bar serves food that is crazy good for breakfast, lunch and dinner and hosts some of the hottest live music on the island several nights a week. Located at Lagoon Marina in Cole Bay, they are easily accessible by land or sea.
Lagoonies Bistro and Bar

delta-LOGO-smallDelta Petroleum
Founded in 1985, Delta serves the Caribbean with superior performance diesel, gasoline and LPG meeting U.S. and European standards. Delta is a proud and growing member of the communities from the Virgin Islands to Martinique. Delta Petroleum was a sponsor of many of our events.
http://deltapetroleum.com

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NV GEBE is the sole utility company producing and distributing electricity and distributing water on St. Maarten. Their mission is to provide reliable, cost effective, quality electricity, water and waste management services in a safe, environmental-friendly, sustainable and innovative manner.
https://www.nvgebe.com

buccaneerBuccaneer Beach Bar
Conveniently located on Kim Sha Beach, Buccaneer Beach Bar is a friendly watering hole for locals and visitors alike. Relax in the glow of the fireballs on Friday and Sunday evenings, or bring the whole family on Fridays for kids movies on the beach.
http://buccaneerbeachbar.com

AquaManiaWebAqua Mania Adventures
Aqua Mania Adventures is a one-stop vacation shop that offers departures to Saba, St. Barths, Anguilla and Prickly Pear, as well as sunset cruises around St. Maarten. Lovers of marine life can book half-day snorkel trips to Creole Rock or scuba diving with Dive Adventures. Strategically located at the Simpson Bay Resort marina, the “Leisure Technicians” at Aqua Mania Adventures will help you plan an unforgettable vacation.
https://www.stmaarten-activities.com

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ACE
One of the main players in the field of hardware, building supplies and home appliances on St. Maarten for several decades, it has been the company’s goal to offer consumers quality products and utmost customer satisfaction. ACE also values its social responsibility to the community of St Maarten, and has proven itself in supporting numerous local youth activities, cultural events and fundraisings.
http://www.acesxm.com

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BZSE Attorneys at Law
Quality, continuity and stability are the foundations of the personalized approach by BZSE. In both the civil law as well as in the tax practice, the attorneys and tax lawyers have many years of outstanding service in Sint Maarten. BZSE has grown into the largest law firm in Sint Maarten.
http://www.bzselaw.com


Previous Migratory Bird Festivals


Check out our previous festivals, including descriptions of the activities and presentations and links to photos of the festivals and more!

Migratory Bird Festival 2015

The 2015 event featured guided birding tours, multimedia presentations, a “Portable Pond” aquatic invertebrates activity, migratory bird-themed art activities and a heritage tree seedling giveaway. The 2015 festival took place on Saturday, October 17th from 9am to 1pm at University of St. Martin, right in the middle of the Great Salt Pond, the seasonal home of many migratory bird species. The event was brought to you by Les Fruits de Mer and University of St. Martin.

Date: Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Time: 9am – 1pm
Location: University of Saint Martin on Pond Island in Philipsburg
Join and invite friends on Facebook!
Put up a poster! EnglishFrench
Follow festival updates on the blog.

Activities:

  • Birdwatching on the Great Salt Pond with Binkie van Es
  • A Heritage Salt Walk with Dr. Jay Haviser (9:30am)
  • Migratory bird-themed coloring and art activities for kids
  • Portable pond activity to learn about aquatic invertebrates
  • Shadow of a Drought photo exhibition
  • Free Lignum Vitae/Gaïac seedling giveaway with Club Gaïac
  • Presentations about migratory birds (Mark Yokoyama), the importance of wetlands (Laura Bijnsdorp), and island restoration (Anguilla National Trust)
  • More fun and educational activities to be announced!

The Migratory Bird Festival is part of International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), coordinated across the entire Western Hemisphere by Environment for the Americas and in the Caribbean by BirdsCaribbean.

2015 Sponsors

calmos-cafe-smallCalmos Cafe
Located on the beach in Grand Case, St. Martin, Calmos Cafe is a restaurant and bar serving great food in a friendly, casual atmosphere seven days a week. Calmos Cafe has been a benefactor member of Les Fruits de Mer since 2013 and a sponsor of many of our events.
http://lecalmoscafe.comCalmos Cafe on Facebook


delta-LOGO-smallDelta Petroleum
Founded in 1985, Delta serves the Caribbean with superior performance diesel, gasoline and LPG meeting U.S. and European standards. Delta is a proud and growing member of the communities from the Virgin Islands to Martinique. Delta Petroleum was a sponsor of many of our events.
http://deltapetroleum.com


Esplanade-logo-squareHotel L’Esplanade
This hotel has established a cult following from guests that enjoy an authentic, luxurious, unpretentious and un-touristy Caribbean experience with a homey feel. Acknowledged by TripAdvisor as one of the Caribbean’s “Best Hidden Gems”, and more recently named #19 of the top 25 hotels in all of the Caribbean. Hotel L’Esplanade has been a benefactor member since 2013 and has sponsored many Les Fruits de Mer events.
http://www.lesplanade.comHotel L’Esplanade on Facebook


AquaManiaWebAqua Mania Adventures
Aqua Mania Adventures is a one-stop vacation shop that offers departures to Saba, St. Barths, Anguilla and Prickly Pear, as well as sunset cruises around St. Maarten. Lovers of marine life can book half-day snorkel trips to Creole Rock or scuba diving with Dive Adventures. Strategically located at the Simpson Bay Resort marina, the “Leisure Technicians” at Aqua Mania Adventures will help you plan an unforgettable vacation.
https://www.stmaarten-activities.comAqua Mania Adventures on Facebook


Here are a few images from the University of St. Martin on the Great Salt Pond, the location for our 2014 and 2015 festivals:

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Migratory Bird Festival 2014

The 2014 Migratory Bird Festival was held at University of St. Martin on Pond Island. Read more about it and check out video footage of the event here: Migratory Bird Festival 2014

Migratory Bird Festival 2013

The 2013 Migratory Bird Festival was held at the wooden boardwalk trail at Étang de la Barriere in Cul-de-Sac. Over 200 visitors attended to learn about the importance of our mangrove wetlands and the many migratory bird species that make their winter home here. The event was produced in partnership with SXM Wildlife, The Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, Environment for the Americas, Réserve Naturelle de Saint-Martin, EPIC and For the Love of Grand Case.

Follow these links for more information about the event as well as images of the event:

Photos of Migratory Bird Festival 2013
Press coverage of Migratory Bird Festival 2013
A YouTube playlist of five presentations given at the festival.