Nature Explorers Anguilla Celebrates World Shorebirds Day

Like many others across the world and in particular, the Caribbean, Nature Explorers Anguilla was out on our wetlands this past weekend counting birds. The 2nd Annual Global Shorebird Count was conducted on 4 wetlands across the island on September 5th and 6th, 2015.

Over the two day period, 1633 individual birds and 33 species were recorded. West End Pond (IBA) was a hot bed of activity as literally overnight it seemed the population of migrant species exploded.

shorebird day findings in anguilla

We will provide a full report in the upcoming Fall edition of The Salty Wing. Many thanks to Molly Nutting for volunteering to be the officially recorder.

Nature Explorers Anguilla will be open throughout the off season as we experience the wonders of the Fall Migration. If you are on island and would like to take a tour, email us at jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com or call us at 1.264.584.0346 to schedule your tour.

Elite, a Tranquil Lunch Escape

Tucked away on the tranquil side of idyllic Island Harbour, Elite has long been a top (yet largely undiscovered) spot for fine Italian cuisine.

Mixed salad, with Parmesan shavings…

elite salad with parmesan shavings

Penne Bolognese…

plate of penne bolognese

Spinach & Ricotta Ravioli…

ricotta and spinach ravioli at elite

… are some of our favorites (my Dad always opts for their fish carpaccio of the day and the lobster ravioli and my sister’s pick is their baked ham and cheese panini).

Enjoyed while gazing out to Scilly Cay, a tranquility wrapped in blue view doesn’t get better than this!

The combination of serene scenery and delectable cuisine is a match made in paradise :-)

Elite is open daily and is staying open throughout the off-season.

For reservations, call: 264-498-5178

The ALHCS Concert Band’s Sound Review 2015

The Department of Music at the Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School is pleased to present the ALHCS Concert Band in a SOUND REVIEW 2015 encore performance on Sunday September 27, 7:00 pm at the Bethel Methodist Church in South Hill.

 

The band of musicians who range in age from 10 to 19, first took to the stage on Thursday, September 3rd and have enjoyed rave reviews ever since. Under the direction of Lennox Vanterpool the band has developed a distinctive, mature repertoire and displays an enviable sound consistent with young, developing bands. Popular calls for the encore are testament to the hard work put in by our young musicians and facilitators, and the appreciation of the large, enthusiastic, and appreciative audience in attendance.

 

All freewill donations taken at the door will benefit an A.L.H.C.S. instrument purchase drive and the Dominica Relief effort now ongoing.

 

All lovers of music and especially families with children enrolled in various music programs at school or privately to attend, as the exercise promises to be both educational and entertaining.

sound review anguilla concert 2015

 

Update From Anguilla’s Wetlands

Despite the storms swirling around Anguilla, our wetlands are busy with migrants making their way South.

These two “peeps” have something in common, the word Semipalmated. One is a Semipalmated Sandpiper…

semipalmated sandpiper

… and one is a Semipalmated Plover…

semipalmated plover

If you look closely at their feet, you will see that they have toes that are partially webbed. Both birds have traveled over 1000 miles non-stop to our wetlands to feed and rest on their way to their wintering grounds.

Join Nature Explorers Anguilla and see these and many other migrants as they visit our amazing wetlands.

Email: jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com or call: 1.264.584.0346 to schedule your tour today!

The Calm After the Storm at Ocean Echo

A couple of weeks back we had an interesting stormy week here in Anguilla!

The Leeward Islands experienced not one but two tropical storm warnings. First, with Danny and then with Erika. We battened down the hatches and braced ourselves for impending wind, waves and rain.

What followed? Just mild stormy weather, thankfully.

Danny washed over us with barely a drop of rain and only slight waves and wind. Erika was right on Danny’s heels, following only two days later, bringing stronger gusts and higher seas…

tropical storm erika waves
… and not much else. Thankfully, Erika was kind to us!

Now? There’s another tropical depression brewing. We’re keeping a watchful eye, but in the meantime Anguilla is back to tranquility wrapped in blue…

meads bay setting at ocean echo

And, there is no better spot to enjoy these blissfully calm, clear seas than at Ocean Echo’s open-air restaurant right on the sands of Meads Bay. It’s the season where you have the beach all to yourself, too :-)

With excellent appetizers of seafood chowder…

seafood chowder at ocean echo

Crispy calamari…

ocean echo crispy calamari

Rum chicken wings with crudites…

rum wings ocean echo

And beach eat entrees of pizzas (pepperoni for me)…

pepperoni pizza ocean echo

Veggie for my Dad…

veggie pizza at ocean echo

… (other pizza options include jerk chicken and crayfish!), in addition to burgers, sandwiches, salads, pastas and grilled seafood of all kinds, the dining experience never disappoints at Ocean Echo.

Ocean Echo is staying open through the season. Drop by for lunch and/or dinner any day of the week!