Every two years, Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS) brings together researchers who work in The Bahamas to share new information on the Bahamian environment, policies, management, and education. Unlike other conferences, the Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC) is designed for the general public. The projects being discussed are making significant …
Students and teachers busied themselves setting up project displays at the Friends of the Environment Science Fair 2017 at New Vision Ministries on Nov. 16. “Exploring the Value of Marine Resources” was this year’s theme. Victor Roberts gave the opening prayer, and the welcome was given by Lianna Burrows, FRIENDS …
The following is an excerpt from local cave diver, Brian Kakuk, as he describes his, and others, efforts to prove that two well know blue holes in Abaco are connected underwater. On October 10, 2016 he did just that. The discovery, which took years of laying line and one final three hour dive, makes this cave system the longest underwater cave in The Bahamas and possibly one of the longest underwater island caves in the world. Enjoy the read as Kakuk describes the adventure.
During April, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation (KSLOF), in partnership with Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), is taking students and teachers to restore a local mangrove forest. It’s the final phase in a new mangrove education and restoration program called Bahamas Awareness of Mangroves (B.A.M.). Forty-five students from Abaco Central High School and Forest Heights Academy will visit degraded sections of mangrove forests in Abaco to plant mangrove trees they have been growing all school year.
Two marine research scientists spent eight days on Abaco from 29 February to March 8 in conjunction with a multi-year study being conducted across the entire Bahamas. This was the first time on Abaco for researcher Liz Wallace of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida though Chris Haak of the University of Massachusetts has been here before working on other tagging projects.
The Department of Education held its Annual Senior Math and Science Competition at the Marsh Harbour Church of Christ’s Lilla Strachan Memorial Center on March 11.
All high schools in the Abaco district were invited to participate in the Department of Education’s Annual Junior High School Math and Science Competition, which was held on March 2 at the Marsh Harbor Church of Christ’s Lilla Strachan Memorial Center.
Two ninth grade students from Abaco Central High School made their principal, Mr. Ricardo Ferguson, proud when they placed first in the junior division of the Eureka Science Competition.
David Reed, curator of Mammals, and chair of Department of Natural History at the Florida Museum of Natural History, gave a presentation on “Bats of The Bahamas: An Update on Local Species and their Evolutionary History in the Islands.” Reed explained that he spent five to six years investigating bats on different islands to determine if bats were still on the islands and still healthy.
The 7th Biennial Abaco Science Alliance Conference (ASAC) was held from Jan.6-9 at New Vision Ministries. Kristin Williams, executive director of Friends of the Environment, led with opening remarks explaining that the conference began 12 years ago in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of our environment, and to encourage more research and education of communities in The Bahamas.