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Wildlife 101: Longtails with Dr. David Wingate

Longtails have officially arrived back on the island for the warmer months and we couldn't be happier that they're here. We spoke with Dr. David Wingate about the tropical bird, for which he is an expert and here's what he had to say:   What is the scientific name for Longtails? The proper name for a Longtail is White-tailed Tropicbird, Phaethon lepturus.   When do the Longtails arrive in Bermuda? Longtails are Bermuda’s traditional harbingers of spring, returning to the…


Nature

Field Notes: The Loquat

Governor Reid is associated with the introduction of many plant species to these islands. The Loquat is an example, for it is recorded that Governor Reid obtained planting material of the Loquat from Malta about the year 1850 and established…


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Bermuda Beasts: Spotted Eagle Rays

Seeing a spotted eagle ray, no matter how many times you've done so before, is always special. Their long thin tails, beautiful triangular wings and spotted backs make this species of ray visually unique and seeing them fly out of…


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A Guide to Whale Watching in Bermuda

Each spring, about 10,000 migrating humpback whales make their way past our pink shores on their way to cooler waters up North for the summer months. While passing by, these migrating whales make a pit stop in Bermuda, creating an…


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Field Notes: Garden Hibiscus

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in The Bermudian in May 1952. It appears here exactly as it did originally. The Garden Hibiscus needs little introduction for it is found in practically every garden and is…

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Bermuda Beasts: 8 Facts About Longtails

Where can you spot them? In the skies above Bermuda's coasts. Their nests can also be seen in crevices in coastal rock faces throughout the island in the breeding season.   1. Longtails are open-ocean birds that only come to…