Thursday, August 13, 2020

Governments buying Islands

Forbidden Islands - A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy

In this seasonal three-part special, P.J Ryan – author at the excellent National Parks Traveler – treats us to an in depth look at the work of The Nature Conservancy – America’s leading conservation organization. Acclaimed for their work to protect ecologically important lands and waters, The Nature Conservancy has now protected …Read More: Forbidden Islands – A Look At The Work of The Nature Conservancy Part 1

Environment

United Kingdom: Seals Take Shelter on Little Green Holm

Thanks to the efforts of a marine life conservation group, a remote isle in the Orkneys has become a special haven for widely-hunted grey seals.

(Image of Little Green Holm by Ian Balcombe)

Despite being just the size of a football field, Little Green Holm is very important, indeed …Read More: United Kingdom: Seals Take Shelter on Little Green Holm

Governments buying Islands

United Kingdom: Wildlife Trust Bids for Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Across the world, islands that were once privately-owned are being put into public hands; this month in Wales, a conservation group is aiming to complete their purchase of a beautiful wildlife haven.

(Image by Mike Graham/Geograph.uk)

The steep, red-hued cliffs of Skokholm Island, surrounded by the cold waters of …Read More: United Kingdom: Wildlife Trust Bids for Skokholm Island Lighthouse

Environment

United States: Man-Made Island in Oregon is For the Birds

Hoping to relocate flocks of fish-hungry terns, the US Army Corps of Engineers is creating a unique man-made island for them to call home.

(Malheur Lake Image Courtesy of Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives)

An unusual project in Oregon’s Malheur Lake is seeking to improve the local ecosystem by luring …Read More: United States: Man-Made Island in Oregon is For the Birds

Island Issues

Australia: The Fight for Control over Australia’s Hummock Hill Island

(Image of Great Barrier Reef Courtesy of NASA)

The State of Queensland and the Federal Government of Australia are battling it out over the future of Hummock Hill Island – and the fate of a proposed near-AUD $1 Billion development.

(Image of Great Barrier Reef Courtesy of NASA)

Hummock Hill Island, found south of the industrial …Read More: Australia: The Fight for Control over Australia’s Hummock Hill Island

Environment

USA: After 230 Years, Alaskan Island Wins War against Rodents

Rodents may be a pest on the mainland, but on isolated islands, they can spell complete ecological disaster. Now, one Aleutian island celebrates a hard-won victory.

(Image Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

…Read More: USA: After 230 Years, Alaskan Island Wins War against Rodents

Environment

Canada: Explore the Wilds of Quebec on Hare Island

Even within the many natural habitats of Canada, there are small pockets of surprisingly rich biodiversity. On Île aux Lièvres, or Hare Island, visitors can camp for the night amid an incredible  sanctuary.

…Read More: Canada: Explore the Wilds of Quebec on Hare Island

Island Resorts

Africa: A Caribbean Paradise on the African Coast

Luxury African travel often brings to mind visions of the glorious Seychelles and its exclusive island resorts. Few people are aware, however, of the beauty that waits on the Atlantic coast in the islands of São Tomé and Príncipe.

…Read More: Africa: A Caribbean Paradise on the African Coast