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The Nature Foundation St. Maarten partners with the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity of American University of the Caribbean to host its first Virtual 5K Race for a Cause.

AUC Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Service Chair, Julie Wancik and the Nature Foundation St. Maarten have organized a virtual 5K race to support the efforts of the foundation to protect and preserve the island’s natural environment. In respect to social distancing protocols this race was designed as an event that individuals could take part in … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten partners with the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity of American University of the Caribbean to host its first Virtual 5K Race for a Cause.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Organized first Coral Education Snorkel and Launches the Save St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs Competition for Local Students

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten hosted the first Coral Education Snorkel for local students funded by the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied’ and facilitated by Aqua Mania Watersports, last Sunday November 1st. Local students learned about corals, threats to corals and the importance of these animals and ecosystems, the students had a first-hand experience to … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Organized first Coral Education Snorkel and Launches the Save St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs Competition for Local Students

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Shares Concern over Excessive Numbers of Fatal Boat Strikes on Sea Turtles in 2020

Over the weekend the Nature Foundation received a report of a dead sea turtle found in the waters close to Beacon Hill and Burgeaux bay. The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) clearly died due to a boat engine and was drifting around for some days, until it was found on Sunday by the dive school … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Shares Concern over Excessive Numbers of Fatal Boat Strikes on Sea Turtles in 2020

Sargassum Research Team from the Climate Cleanup Foundation Conducted Pilot Study on Sint Maarten in Collaboration with the Nature Foundation St. Maarten.

The Climate Cleanup Foundation visited St. Maarten to study sargassum landings, collect sargassum, perform tests and take samples, in order to find solutions for the sargassum invasions by researching several options of using the sargassum and possibly create carbon sinks. Two members of the Climate Cleanup Team visited Sint Maarten in September to conduct research … Continue reading Sargassum Research Team from the Climate Cleanup Foundation Conducted Pilot Study on Sint Maarten in Collaboration with the Nature Foundation St. Maarten.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Receives New Educational Materials for the Save St. Maarten Corals Project with the Assistance of Virtual Concepts International and DCNA.

The Nature Foundation. St. Maarten recently received a coral polyp model and created a poster about the state of St. Maarten’s Coral Reefs as new educational materials for presentations in coordination with the ‘Save St. Maarten Corals  Project’. Both the coral polyp model and the poster will be used to help educate the public of … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Receives New Educational Materials for the Save St. Maarten Corals Project with the Assistance of Virtual Concepts International and DCNA.

Red Cross and Nature Foundation St. Maarten Kick off First Tree Planting Event as part of the Re-greening SXM Project.

The Red Cross and Nature Foundation St. Maarten hosted their first tree planting event in the M.A.C. primary school John A. Gumbs Campus as part of their Re-greening SXM Project. The project (an initiative of the Red Cross and the Nature Foundation SXM) organized its first tree planting event within this school garden last Saturday, … Continue reading Red Cross and Nature Foundation St. Maarten Kick off First Tree Planting Event as part of the Re-greening SXM Project.

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Researches Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkey

The Nature Foundation started a new project in order to find solutions for the continuing issues created by the invasive monkey species on the island, especially agriculture performers experience negative setbacks due to this invasive species. The Foundation’s first step, under the lead of Alice Manley, will include researching the current monkey population and develop … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Researches Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkey

Nature Foundations Outplants new Coral Colonies in the Marine Park, as part of the Coral Restoration Project.

Last week the Nature Foundation successfully outplanted several Acropora coral fragments on the dive site Coralita in the Man of War Shoal Marine Protected Area of St. Maarten. These coral fragments have been growing in the Nature Foundation’s coral nursery for several years, some of these fragments where even Hurricane Irma survivors and are now … Continue reading Nature Foundations Outplants new Coral Colonies in the Marine Park, as part of the Coral Restoration Project.

Nature Foundation St. Maarten Alarmed about the Deterioration of Local Coral Reefs and Re-surveyed the Impact of Coral Disease; many Coral Colonies Perished in the last Two Years.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten is very concerned about the state of the local coral reefs, which is one of the most important ecosystems for St. Maarten; as it is providing coastline protection from storms, delivering clear waters, a home for fishes and it is an important tourist attraction. Over the last two years many … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten Alarmed about the Deterioration of Local Coral Reefs and Re-surveyed the Impact of Coral Disease; many Coral Colonies Perished in the last Two Years.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Launches its First Junior Ranger Program with Five Local Student Participants

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten selected five local students to participate in their first Junior Ranger  Year Program with support of the ‘Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds Caribisch gebied’, Yacht Club Port de Plaisance, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) and Ocean Explorers. On Saturday, August 15th the Nature Foundation held its first … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Launches its First Junior Ranger Program with Five Local Student Participants