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Scientists Research Key Amphibian and Reptile Species on St. Maarten to Map their Evolution and their Historical Migration.

In January 2020 researchers from the University of California and Smithsonian Institution, collaborated with the Nature Foundation St. Maarten to collect data about native reptile and amphibian species on St. Maarten. The scientists Michael L. Yuan and Jeffery H. Frederick are trying to understand critical differences between similar species and how their particular evolutionary paths … Continue reading Scientists Research Key Amphibian and Reptile Species on St. Maarten to Map their Evolution and their Historical Migration.

The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Calls on Parliament to Approve the Ban on Several Single-use Plastic Items.

The Nature Foundation is urging the new parliament to move forward with the ban on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and Styrofoam and to approve proposed legislation initiated by MP Sarah Wescot-Williams. The Nature Foundation St. Maarten has been advocating for a single-use plastic ban for several years due to the tremendous impacts on St. … Continue reading The Nature Foundation St. Maarten Calls on Parliament to Approve the Ban on Several Single-use Plastic Items.

Sint Maarten Sea Turtles Experiencing a Decline in Nesting and Increase in Deaths, Nature Foundation St. Maarten Urges for Protection and Enforcement

The sea turtle nesting season of 2019 showed the presence of all three nesting species on our beaches; leatherback, green and hawksbill nets were found, however their beach habitat and survival are severely threatened on St. Maarten. Sea turtle nests were recorded on Gibbs Bay, Mullet Bay, Dawn Beach, Simpson Bay and Guana Bay Beach, … Continue reading Sint Maarten Sea Turtles Experiencing a Decline in Nesting and Increase in Deaths, Nature Foundation St. Maarten Urges for Protection and Enforcement

Nature Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Launch Student Competition to Protect St Maarten’s Coral Reefs, Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

This week a competition for secondary school students in order to protect the coral reefs in St Maarten has been launched by the Nature Foundation St. Maarten, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. The project aims to create a sense of ownership by the island population by … Continue reading Nature Foundation and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education Launch Student Competition to Protect St Maarten’s Coral Reefs, Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.

Nature Foundation St. Maarten and Ocean Science Team Research Performance of the Innovative Artificial Reef Structures “IntelliReefs”, to Improve Denuded Coral Reefs.

Last week, the Ocean Science Team of Reef Life Foundation was on the island to assess and research the 14 month performance of the ‘IntelliReefs’ artificial reef substrates which were developed to enhance coral and fish growth; deployed as a premier in St Maarten waters in the end of 2018. The team which collaborates with … Continue reading Nature Foundation St. Maarten and Ocean Science Team Research Performance of the Innovative Artificial Reef Structures “IntelliReefs”, to Improve Denuded Coral Reefs.

Netherlands Red Cross in collaboration with the Nature Foundation introduces the Re-greening St Maarten Project.

Recently a project to create a greener and more resilient island was launched by the Netherlands Red Cross in collaboration with the Nature Foundation St. Maarten. The Project “Re-greening SXM” aims to restore and build environmental resilience here on St. Maarten and will be executed this year. The Re-greening SXM Project is part of the … Continue reading Netherlands Red Cross in collaboration with the Nature Foundation introduces the Re-greening St Maarten Project.

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup The Nature Foundation St Maarten first brand audit cleanup results revealed that the number one of littered items on St Maarten beaches are single-use plastics. Volunteers and members from SXM A.C.T.I.O.N. and the Nature Foundation spent approximately two … Continue reading Nature Foundation Discovered Single-Use Plastics are the Biggest Beach Polluter during St Maarten’s First Brand Audit Cleanup

Nature Foundation St Maarten organizes first Brand Audit clean up volunteer event on Saturday, in collaboration with SXM Action, SXM Beer and Hay! Straw St Maarten.

This Saturday the first St Maarten Brand Audit cleanup event will be organized for volunteers to attend at Mullet Bay beach in the afternoon, volunteers will be rewarded with free beer, snacks, drinks and can try out the amazing Hay! biodegradable straws! During the Brand Audit cleanup event, volunteers will organize the collected trash based … Continue reading Nature Foundation St Maarten organizes first Brand Audit clean up volunteer event on Saturday, in collaboration with SXM Action, SXM Beer and Hay! Straw St Maarten.

Nature Foundation Warns for Expected Sea Turtle Hatching and Ask Public to be Cautious!

The sea turtle nesting season officially ended with the start of this month, as the nesting season runs from April till November each year, however hatching of sea turtle nests are still being expected throughout December and January. The Nature Foundation, which is the assigned organization to monitor sea turtle nesting on Sint Maarten, is … Continue reading Nature Foundation Warns for Expected Sea Turtle Hatching and Ask Public to be Cautious!