5 Environmental Activities to Try in Saba – A Dutch Caribbean Island
Saba is a tropical, Dutch Caribbean island. It’s part of the Lesser Antilles chain. This tranquil island is preparing for the 14th Annual “Sea & Learn” event. We want to share 5 environmental activities for you to try during your Saba visit.
Across Saba, October will be the “Sea & Learn” Environmental Awareness Month and offer many educational events. Saba is also known as “The Unspoiled Queen”. Biodiversity is king this lush island of Saba. The celebration coming up next month will be the 14th annual event. Both locals, as well as visitors from around the word will get involved.
Offering a unique eco-system, the island is the ideal place to enjoy hands-on, nature programs and eco events. The educational activities will provide a wonderful way to understand the local Saba nature and the global environment.
Global research leaders will be involved to teach and assist program participants. Therefore, you will be involved in both learning and taking part in excursions with industry experts.
We strongly believe the “Sea & Learn” Environmental Awareness Month program will be a wonderful experience for all. Below are share 5 environmental activities that are just a sample of what’s available in Saba during the month of October.
Sue Willis, who directs research and monitoring with Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, will give a presentation and answer questions like: Why does Saba have so many turtles when it is located far from any nesting sites? Guests can also sign up for a field project to identify turtle nesting sites on Saba. Sue’s presentation will be Friday, October 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. and her field project is on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
“SEX ON THE REEF”
Martin de Graaf, an expert on ecology and fisheries management, will discuss the unpredictable process of coral reproduction entitled “Sex on the Reef.” Guests can also sign up for a night dive with Martin in an effort to witness the rare event of coral spawning after the full moon. Martin’s presentation will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and the dive will be held Sunday, October 23, 2016 after 10:00 p.m.
“DO FISH TALK?”
Visiting Marine Biologist Kathy Guindon will enlighten guests about “fish talk” and the various ways fish communicate with one another whether friend or foe. Kathy serves as Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s brand new Suncoast Youth Conservation Center that opened in April 2016. Her public presentation is scheduled for Friday, October 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
“HOT & SOUR SOUP: HOW CLIMATE CHANGE & OCEAN ACIDIFICATION ENDANGER CORAL REEFS”
Last year during “Sea & Learn,” a coral nursery was created in the waters off Saba. Now, a year later, it’s time for next steps with Dr. C. Mark Eakin of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration who will document the growth,success and expansion of this program. Guests can sign up and make a difference by joining Mark on a dive to the coral nursery to clean, measure, and transplant more corals to the coral trees.
“SEA & LEARN”
During this event, program guests are invited to enjoy fascinating large-screen presentations led by the visiting experts, offered every other night during the month. “Happy Hour” will be available throughout Saba’s quaint local bars and restaurants, providing guests with easily accessible dinner accommodations following the nightly sessions. Helping shape the next generation of environmental activists, visiting experts also work with The Saba Conservation and Child Focus School Program during the month to teach the local children the value of Saba’s natural beauty and resources and their importance to the region.
Take advantage of various field excursions and lectures, including the 5 environmental activities. Take part in active field studies and market research. For environmentalists, this is an amazing opportunity. Work alongside scientists, naturalists and academic professionals.
Saba is the perfect location to explore in depth. The Dutch Caribbean island is actually the smallest in the group. It is only five square miles in size. The island’s massive tropical forest rises 3,000 above the Caribbean Sea.
What is impressive of the month-long event list, is all of them are open to the pubic and free. Except for the school program, this includes all evening presentations and all day/night activities.
Contact us soon if you would like to travel and participate in “Sea & Learn” Environmental Awareness Month program. This includes the 5 environmental activities we high-lighted above, plus many more! Return soon and follow our popular luxury blog
Photo: Sea and Learn Saba