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Volunteers Pick Up Over 3,200 Pounds of Trash at Mullet Bay; Nature Foundation Requests that Beach Visitors Prevent Littering

Volunteers collected nearly 1900 pounds of trash during a clean-up at Mullet Bay Beach in April. Only a month before that, 1470 pounds/660 kilograms of litter were gathered at the exact same location during the March clean-up. In total, over 3,270 pounds/1,483 kilograms of trash were collected during this two-month period. The Nature Foundation reminds … Continue reading Volunteers Pick Up Over 3,200 Pounds of Trash at Mullet Bay; Nature Foundation Requests that Beach Visitors Prevent Littering

Nature Foundation Holds Photo Submission Raffle for World Ocean Day 2021

Show your talent for art and appreciation for the ocean this #WorldOceanDay and win amazing prizes from The Scuba Shop! In recognition of World Ocean Day on June 8, the Nature Foundation St. Maarten is organizing a photo submission raffle with the generous support of The Scuba Shop to highlight the artistic talent around our … Continue reading Nature Foundation Holds Photo Submission Raffle for World Ocean Day 2021

Groundbreaking Shark Research Conducted in St. Maarten Waters

During the week of April 11, 2021, members from the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), and Beneath the Waves conducted multiple ‘scientific firsts’ as part of the “Shark Shakedown” project. The research expedition was a part of a wider research project into tiger sharks in … Continue reading Groundbreaking Shark Research Conducted in St. Maarten Waters

Nature Foundation and R4CR Provide Update on Monkey Management Project to Allow Residents to Voice Opinions on Management Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkeys

Nature Foundation’s Monkey Management Project funded via the Resources for Community Resilience has recently undergone changes to the outline of the project. This change is due to time and resource constraints as well as an interest from the World Bank to continue the initial research. Due to this change, the project’s final initiatives have adapted … Continue reading Nature Foundation and R4CR Provide Update on Monkey Management Project to Allow Residents to Voice Opinions on Management Solutions for the Invasive Vervet Monkeys

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Irregularities Are Rising; Vigilance Also Needed Outside the Nesting Season

Nature Foundation St. Maarten staff encountered two deceased hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtle hatchlings on Gibbs Bay beach in the beginning of April. The egg incubation period is 60 days, meaning a female may have laid them sometime in late January. Sea turtles in Sint Maarten typically come ashore to nest in April until the … Continue reading Sea Turtle Nesting Season Irregularities Are Rising; Vigilance Also Needed Outside the Nesting Season

Weeklong Shark Research to be Conducted in St. Maarten’s Waters

Cole Bay- During the week of April 11, 2021, members from the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), the Saba Conservation Foundation (SCF), and Beneath the Waves will be conducting shark research in the territorial waters of St. Maarten. This activity is a part of a wider research project into Tiger … Continue reading Weeklong Shark Research to be Conducted in St. Maarten’s Waters

Nature Foundation Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Care During Sea Turtle Nesting Season

The Nature Foundation Sint Maarten encourages residents and visitors to protect adult sea turtles and their eggs by limiting lighting and disturbances along the shore, and reporting sea turtle activity to the Foundation. With the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season, three endangered sea turtle species are expected to lay their nests on … Continue reading Nature Foundation Reminds Residents and Visitors to Take Care During Sea Turtle Nesting Season

Nature Foundation Reaches Significant Successes in their Educational Outreach Program Thanks to Support from Yacht Club Port de Plaisance

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten would like to acknowledge the remarkable contribution from Yacht Club Port de Plaisance to support the Foundation’s educational efforts in 2020. Thanks to the generous support received, the Nature Foundation was able to employ an Educational Outreach Officer which focused on strengthening awareness and education programs for local students and … Continue reading Nature Foundation Reaches Significant Successes in their Educational Outreach Program Thanks to Support from Yacht Club Port de Plaisance

American University of the Caribbean Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raise Funds to Support the Nature Foundation

The first Virtual 5k hosted by the Phi Chi Medical Fraternity of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine raised over $1000 for the Nature Foundation St. Maarten. This event organized by Phi Chi Service Chair Julie Wancik offered prizes for participants to complete a 5 kilometer walk or run on their own … Continue reading American University of the Caribbean Phi Chi Medical Fraternity Raise Funds to Support the Nature Foundation

Plaza Puerta del Sol Wastewater Treatment Plant Continue to Pump Sewage into the Simpson Bay Lagoon

The Nature Foundation has been responding numerous times upon request from multiple concerned citizens, about a very strong sewage scent emerging from wastewater being pumped into the Simpson Bay Lagoon by Plaza Puerta del Sol. “Already in December the Foundation had visited the site multiple times and recorded a very strong sewage scent every time … Continue reading Plaza Puerta del Sol Wastewater Treatment Plant Continue to Pump Sewage into the Simpson Bay Lagoon