The Wildlife Conservation Society, owners of nearby Middle Caye and the Glover’s Reef Research Station has just published a new on-line Picture Guide to the Organisms of Glover’s Reef Atoll. They are posted on the Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve web site and can be downloaded free and used by anyone.
These are designed to assist interested individuals in quick recognition of organisms they may encounter on the islands and in the waters of Glover’s Reef Atoll. Guides have been completed for land plants, sea grasses, land crabs, birds, reptiles, marine mammals and stony corals. Under development are guides to octocorals, fishes and other marine species groups.
This March when my boyfriend Gerrish Willis and I were on the island, he decided our Nature Trail needed a major overhaul. He spent days deciding what needed to be included, researching the various plants and other subjects included in the Nature Trail, then finally made and placed the markers found along the trail.
The trail includes 22 stations, covering blue porter weed, Indian almond, black mangrove, white mangrove, red mangrove, buttonwood, devils spaghetti, cocoplum, golden creeper, island pimento, island blackberry, spider lily, sea grape, ziricote, coconut palms and the palm tree disease, erosion, Mt. Long Caye (9.3 feet), the osprey nest, thatch roofs, and the island dump! (which explains our composting, recycling, and burning).
During the March 25 Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef trip we officially “opened” the trail and held an inaugural nature walk and ribbon cutting. Here are two photos of this great afternoon on the island! Thanks Maggie for bringing the bubbles!