The Glossy Ibis, a Rare Visitor to Anguilla, Returns!

Nature Explorers Anguilla guests were treated to a rare event this week, a Glossy Ibis feeding on East End Pond. This species is a rare visitor to Anguilla with the only public record being of a single bird on Road Salt Pond in 2002.

In 2014 a number of birds of this species were spotted in St. Martin and remained there for several weeks. According to Rafffaele et al, it is considered a rare sighting in the Lesser Antilles.


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This large wading bird has a long curved bill and is dark in color. It is normally found along the US Atlantic coast but may also be seen in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

If you would like to see this rare visitor and other exciting wildlife on Anguilla,  take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla.


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It is Breeding Season in Anguilla’s Wetlands!

With water levels still high, a number of waterfowl are finding excellent breeding habitat on our wetlands.  Resident White-cheeked Pintail Ducks and Common Moorhens are rearing a number of chicks.  Meanwhile wintering birds like coots and Ruddy ducks, are also raising their young.

It is a great time of year to visit our wetlands with your family.  Who doesn’t love an adorable baby bird?

Take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla and see our incredible wildlife!
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Nature Explorer Anguilla’s Most Recent Sightings


Anguilla has been experiencing some interesting weather recently. However, this has not diminished the birding experience. Nature Explorers Anguilla found this amazing Wilson’s Phalarope feeding among Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt Sandpipers and resident Killdeer on West End Pond.

The Wilson’s Phalarope is a scarce visitor to Anguilla seen generally in the month of September. This species spends most of the year in North America but winters in South America. The predominantly white winter plumage makes it stand out from other birds in the flock.

If you would like to experience our island’s rich biodiversity, come take a walk on the wild side with Nature Explorers Anguilla! We have a variety of tour start times and durations to make your Anguilla wildlife experience special.

Call: 1.264.584.0346 or email: to book your tour today.


AARF Has Puppies. Bring One Home!

AARF (Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation) has had a recent influx of puppies available for adoption.  We’re passing along this information from them. Click on photos for larger version of images.Bingo at AARF

We have some very nice puppies at the AARF Adoption Centre and Shelter who are waiting for you to come and meet them.

Bingo is a male around four months old, very nice and easy to be with.  He is on the shy side and enjoys loving attention.  Bingo is learning how to walk on a leash.

Spam, Siri, and Zip are sisters, playful and full of puppy energy and ready for their forever homes.

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Tap and Sync are females around two months old.  Someone dropped them off at the dump and fortunately they were quickly found and brought to the shelter where they are available for adoption.

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Bing is a beautiful girl around 11 weeks of age.  She looks like she might be part lab…

Bing, puppy at AARF

Information about Adoptions

The adoption fee for puppies is $25.  That includes their first vaccination and deworming, $10 off their second and third vaccinations (they need a series of three to be protected from common and serious diseases), and their spay/neuter surgery when they are around six months old.  The AARF Adoption Centre and Shelter is located within Morlens Veterinary Clinic near the Sandy Hill roundabout.  For directions, see our website,

The shelter and adoption centre will be open this week Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30-12:30 and 3:30-5:00.  We expect to be open on Saturday from 9:30-12:30 but it’s best to call first (264.581.4600).  We will be closed on Thursday.  We invite you to come and meet all of our puppies.  We don’t have any kittens right now but we will be happy to take your contact information and let you know when some are available.

Can’t Adopt but Want to Help?

If you are flying to the Northeast you can help get puppies to loving forever homes by taking them to one of our adoptive families or rescue friends.  You will be saving a very precious life.  All you have to do is take the puppy with you in the cabin of your plane, where she will sit in her soft carrier under the seat in front of you.
You will be met at the airport by one of our rescue partners or by the adoptive family.  All of the puppy’s expenses will be covered.  It’s fun to travel with a puppy, you’ll have lots of admiring fellow travelers coming to talk to you, and you will be a very significant part of the puppy’s future.

If you are flying from Anguilla or St. Maarten and can take a puppy with you, or if you would like more information about the process, send us an email at or call us on the shelter phone at 476.2731.  This is extremely important rescue work that you can do with very little effort, and have a life changing impact.

Our current needs are flights to Boston, Hartford, Providence, Newark, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto and other airports within driving distance.  If you are flying to another location, we may also be able to find someone at your home airport to help.  We’ve recently put some happy travel photos on our website’s home page, check them out at

Please Spread the Word

Spread the word about our puppies, kittens, dogs, and cats through social media, when you meet people on the beach, however you can.  There are a lot of visitors to Anguilla who do not know about AARF and our need for adoptions and transports, and who would be happy to help once they became aware.

Note From Ken

Cute, cute, cute. And it looks like someone at AARF went “techie” naming these gorgeous little puppies… Bing, Zip, Spam, Siri, Sync, Tap. Where’s Google? 😉

Take an Anguillian puppy home. You’ll have a loving and loyal reminder of Anguilla forever AND save a life at the same time.