Birds & Bugs 2015
Back for 2015. Birdsier and buggier than ever. Save the date.
Birds & Bugs is a free, public Wildlife Discovery Event created by Les Fruits de Mer, where St. Martin residents and visitors of all ages can see and learn about the amazing birds and invertebrates living in the broadleaf forest. The event will include birding tours of the forest guided by experts, a bird banding station by EPIC (Environmental Protection in the Caribbean), a bug discovery station, and local wildlife-themed art activities for children. This year’s Birds & Bugs event will take place at Loterie Farm on the western slope of Pic Paradis on Sunday, December 6th from 9am to noon. Birds & Bugs is sponsored by Buccaneer Beach Bar, Delta Petroleum, Hotel L’Esplanade, Island Mattress, St. Martin Voyages and Tri-Sport.
Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/482567428570505/
Download an event poster to print at post at your school or business: Event Poster (English, PDF) – Event Poster (Français, PDF) – Event Poster (Español, PDF).
Follow updates about the event: Birds & Bugs on the blog.
About Environmental Protection in the Caribbean
Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) is a non-profit organization registered in St. Maarten and the United States. Founded in 2000 with the mission to protect the Caribbean environment through research and community-based action, EPIC has conducted long-term studies on the birds of the island while working to raise awareness of bird conservation issues. EPIC biologists have partnered with Loterie Farm for over a decade to study the health and diversity of birds in this rare habitat. http://www.epicislands.org
About Loterie Farm
Loterie Farm is a private nature reserve on the western slope of Pic Paradis. The 54-hectare property includes broadleaf forest as well as the remains of historical buildings dating back to the 18th century. Loterie Farm aims to safeguard both the history and the environment while also sharing these unique natural surroundings with the public. One of the most ecologically significant sites on St. Martin, Loterie Farm has hosted a great deal of biological research, including ongoing studies of birds and other animals. Loterie Farm offers hiking and zip-lining as well as a gourmet restaurant, lounge, and spring-fed swimming pool. http://loteriefarm.com
2015 Birds & Bugs Sponsors
Buccaneer 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.
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 has been a sponsor of many of our events.
This hotel has established a cult following from guests that enjoy an authentic, luxurious, unpretentious and un-touristy Caribbean experience with a homey feel. Recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the Caribbean’s “Best Hidden Gems”, and recently named #19 of the top 25 hotels in all of the Caribbean, Hotel L’Esplanade has been a Les Fruits benefactor member since 2013 and has sponsored many Les Fruits de Mer events.
http://www.lesplanade.com – Hotel L’Esplanade on Facebook
Island Mattress stocks the largest selection of mattresses in the area and specializes in the art of good sleep. Visit their showroom in Hope Estate to check out their mattresses and contemporary furniture.
St. Martin Voyages
Your agent for fantastic holidays, St. Martin Voyages is an official retailer for all airlines, with a mission to provide the best possible service for all your travel needs, from flights and cruises to custom trips and packages.
Tri-Sport is the go-to shop for the active community of St. Maarten/St. Martin and the neighboring islands of Anguilla, Saba, Statia, and St. Barths. They run ecologically-friendly tours that get people out and moving – kayaking, bicycling, hiking, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. Tri-Sport’s retail shops carry all the necessities for triathlons with an emphasis on bicycles.
Birds & Bugs 2013
Birds & Bugs 2013 was held at Loterie Farm on December 7, 2013. The event was organized by Les Fruits de Mer and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean and hosted at Loterie Farm. Over 40 volunteers helped make the event possible, with sponsors contributing to the cost of event supplies. Over 200 people attended the event, and approximately 175 calabash bird feeders were painted by guests and taken home to attract birds year-round.
Follow these links for more information about the event as well as images and videos of the event:
Preparing for Birds & Bugs 2013
Photo galleries of Birds & Bugs 2013
Videos of Birds & Bugs 2013
Meet the Birds & Bugs team
Learn about the co-hosts for the event.
See who sponsored the event.
Press coverage of Birds & Bugs 2013
Slideshow images by Chemaine Petit-Booi, Olivia Roudon, Alain Duzant and Steph Déziles.