Category Archives: Birds and animals

GUYANA: Forest Spirits or Bush Spirits of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples – by Rosaliene Bacchus

by Rosaliene Bacchus – BLOG: Three Worlds One Vision

Photo: Silk Cotton Tree – Santa Mission Indigenous Settlement – Guyana

On October 8, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a presidential proclamation declaring October 11th as a national holiday in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Does this mean that we will no longer remember this day as Columbus Day? Growing up in what was then British Guiana, I was taught to regard the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) as a hero.

During his four voyages to the New World, he explored a vast area of the Caribbean Region that he called the West Indies. The gentle and kindhearted indigenous Arawak peoples who first welcomed Columbus and his crew knew not the misery that this encounter would later unleash upon their world.

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VIDEO: Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Living Off-Grid for 17 Years on a Self-Built Island Homestead – Built with Salvaged Materials

Shadow built this incredible floating island with salvaged and reclaimed materials. The island comprises a 2-story float home, a floating chicken coop, floating gardens, and even a floating compost shed! He’s been living on the water for 17 years and working hard to protect the Widgeon Slough area in BC, Canada.

He gathers wood from the river to use as firewood, he grows some of his own fresh food in barrel gardens, and he collects fresh water from a nearby spring. He filters his greywater on a floating raft with multiple plant and husk filtration layers, and he composts his food and human waste to ensure that nothing goes overboard.          Continue reading

The Harpy Eagle – The Most Majestic Bird of Guyana

 Jul 25, 2021  Kaieteur News – Often on the wish list of many birdwatchers, the Harpy Eagle can be found in the untouched canopies of the Kanuku Mountains and Iwokrama Rainforest. This is according to www.guyanatourism.com which notes that pristine tropical rain forest is the perfect home for this  Kanuku Mountains and Iwokrama Rainforestmajestic beauty as it offers them ample prey to feed.

This Harpy eagle spotted near the CJIA runway last week. (Photo Credit: Mike Charles)

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OPINION: Pelting dogs and the mentally disturbed – By Francis Quamina Farrier

  — By Francis Quamina Farrier
The youngster was pelting a man of unsound mind who was walking relatively peacefully along a street in Georgetown. The man seemed no threat to anyone. However, being poorly dressed and with his funny actions as he walked along, shaking his limbs in an unnatural way, disclosed that he was most likely, someone of unsound mind. I asked the youngster why he was pelting the man. “Mista, he mad,” was the practical response, which was embellished with some boyish giggles.
I took the opportunity to give the youngster a very brief lecture about respect for others, no matter who. I considered that to be my responsibility as an elder. He seemed to accept that it is wrong to visit violence on someone because they are perceived to be mad. Even the mentally disturbed should be viewed as being human and as such must be shown respect and compassion.

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VIDEO: The Amazon Rain Forest

GUYANA: Iwokrama – Celebrating three decades of rain forests conservation + 11 videos

Iwokrama 2021 video

The video Iwokrama 2021 is one of eleven videos listed below. We will be adding on a monthly basis so enjoy – So grateful if you can share especially with our young folks.  The following is from:

  • Dr Raquel Thomas. Director, Resource Management and Training
  • Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development
  • 49 High and Barrack Streets (Entrance Barrack St). Georgetown. Guyana.
  • Email: rthomas@iwokrama.org; +592-674-8669 (Whatsapp)

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ENVIRONMENT: Time for Laws to Protect the Giant Ant Hills in the Rupununi- by Francis Quamina Farrier

Rupununi Ant Hill

This is a return to an issue which was addressed some years ago; the legal protection of those iconic giant ant hills in the Central Rupununi, Region 9. With the on-going development of the Guyana/Brazil border town of Lethem, including neighbouring St. Ignatius, Campbelltown and other surrounding areas where many of the ant hills are located, some nature-lovers are of the view that legal protection of those giant ant hills has become necessary..

Many feel that their future is in jeopardy. The recent issue with those trees which line the Mabaruma Public Road in Region 1, is a very similar example. It shows that Guyanese are becoming more environmentally conscious and would make their objections known, whenever aspects of the environment are endangered. In this article, I pre-empt any reckless act by anyone who may have little or no interest in the future of those Giant Ant Hills.

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VIDEO: Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 – By Lal Balkaran

CLICK LINK: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-UoTjPk4k4D-sB87BtvKqkjgLkgPdZAV/view?usp=drivesdk

Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 

A picture profile of over 500 stamps compiled and presented by Lal Balkaran

ENVIRONMENT: They are killing our forest- Brazilian tribe warns : BBC News

Two Awa children smile for the camera in 2014

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has asked for $1bn (£720m) a year in foreign aid to reduce illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest.

But under Mr Bolsonaro deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has soared, jeopardising the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable indigenous communities.

Our chief environment correspondent, Justin Rowlatt, has been trying to find out what this has meant for an Amazon tribe he first met back in 2010.          Continue reading

Earth Day- April 22, 2021: Restore Our Earth – by Rosaliene Bacchus

Earth Day 2021 – Restore Our Earth

Official Earth Day 2021 poster by Brazilian Street Artist Speto
Photo Credit: Earth Day Official Website

April 22, 2021 is Earth Day. The theme this year is Restore Our Earth, an optimistic outlook given the ongoing challenges humanity faces with a climate emergency, now coupled with yet another year of a global pandemic.

READ MORE: http://rosalienebacchus.blog/2021/04/18/earth-day-2021-restore-our-earth/

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