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In the Garden: Summer

Come June, the royal poinciana’s blazing blossoms signal that summer has arrived in Bermuda. A favourite deciduous tree in many a Bermudian garden ever since it first arrived in the nineteenth century, the poinciana’s leafy parasol supplies refuge from the summer’s heat. Also known as the flame of the forest or flame tree, its proper name is the Delonix regia. Less common is the smaller yellow poinciana, otherwise called pride of Barbados. Another tree offering spectacular floral displays in the…


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Pollution Is Not Some Esoteric Thing: An Interview With Dr. Jamie Bacon

Twenty years ago, scientist Dr. Jamie Bacon began seeing the first deformities in Bermuda’s toads. The toads she observed may have had a limb missing, or an extra limb, or even only one eye. These deformities were numerous and impractical…


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Grab the Champagne: 4 Cahow Chicks Hatched on Nonsuch Island!

It's been an eventful and exciting past few days for the Cahow colony at Nonsuch Island. Jeremy Madeiros, Senior Terrestrial Conservation Officer, confirmed on Saturday that 4 chicks have been born in the past five days, in addition to two…


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Bermuda Beasts: Burrowing Mussel

The black date mussel (Lithophaga nigra) might not look like much more than a dark, inert splodge, easily passed over by divers. However, quietly and discreetly, aggregations of these little bivalves alter the marine landscape in enormous ways, as evidenced…


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Bermuda Beasts: Chicken Liver Sponge

Is it a plant? Is it an animal? Scientists believe that sponges are a very primitive animal, one of the first groups to branch off the evolutionary tree after the common ancestor of all animals. They are multi-cellular organisms that…

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Morgan’s Island Hosts Rediscovered Endemic Snail

Morgan’s Island is a sentinel to Ely’s Harbour, an idyllic calm cove used for mooring pleasure boats. This picturesque little island is owned by the Bermuda National Trust, and has come in to the limelight recently as one of two…