Hike Sint Maarten!

Upcoming Hike Dates and Locations:
*Sunday 4th September – Naked Boy Hill –  Map
*Sunday 2nd October – West Coast Trail – Map
*Sunday 6th November – hike to be determined, Watch this Space!
*Sunday 4th December – hike to be determined, Watch this Space!

Researchers Confirm Presence of Endangered Diablotin Black-capped Petrel on Dominica, Raising Hopes of Finding Nesting Area

Researchers have confirmed a sighting of an Endangered Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata), known locally as “the Diablotin bird,” in flight over Dominica earlier this year. If nesting is confirmed, Dominica would be the second known nesting island for Black-capped Petrel in the world.

EPIC: Taking Strides in Protecting the Environment

Earth Day press coverage of EPIC in the Daily Herald: the leading newspaper for St. Martin and the northeast Caribbean.

Free Hike-Guide Training Offered on Sint Maarten

EPIC Sint Maarten invites people interested in becoming volunteer hike leaders to participate in a free two-hour training session this Sunday April 3, 2022, at 9 – 11 a.m. at the SFC/R4CR office (the old WIB branch) on AT Illidge Road.

EPIC in the News – Caribbean Compass

Check out the recent edition of the Caribbean Compass -The Caribbean’s Monthly Look at Sea & Shore –  for two awesome articles about EPIC. See page 10 for “From Two to Team: The Story of EPIC” and page 11 for “Conserving the Black-Capped Petrel.”

Exciting News from EPIC Co-Founders Natalia Collier and Adam Brown

We’re sharing this message today in celebration of two big changes within our non-profit organization. EPIC now has a new logo and website. When we founded EPIC more than 20 years ago, we wanted to make a difference….

An EPIC New Year Ahead

Message from EPIC Executive Director Tabitha Stadler – I want to personally thank you for your continued support. 2021 was a tough year for us all, as we experienced the effects of a global pandemic. EPIC used this time for introspection and strategic growth. We are excited to share some new developments with you…

EPIC Caribbean Trivia

Entertain, educate and enliven your day with EPIC’s weekend social media Caribbean trivia, starting up on February 5, 2022, and posted weekly.

Conservationists Pen Action Plan to Protect Extremely Elusive and Endangered Seabird

“Conserving the Diablotin” informed by a decade of exploration and research January 28, 2022—The Endangered Black-capped Petrel is a seabird so secretive that ten years ago, only one active nest had ever been located and monitored. Despite this tremendous gap in knowledge, the International Black-capped Petrel Conservation Group created an action plan in 2012 to […]

A Path of Partnership

The Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds has been a vital supporter of the EPIC Sint Maarten Foundation since 2013, awarding our non-profit more than $80,000 for eight conservation projects including…

Community Helps Identify Restoration Sites

Deciding which sites are most important for restoration takes a community effort. The knowledge and experience of Working Group members are crucial for making informed decisions. In this case, the subject was non-native mammals that damage island biodiversity and…

Tumultuous Times Brought by Haiti Earthquake

EPIC team members were visiting petrel nesting sites, high in the mountains of Haiti, when they received text messages on 14 August at about 8:30 a.m., that a massive 7.2 earthquake was rocking their homes. The team quickly made their way back to discover…

Haiti Relief Shelters for Les Cayes

THANK YOU to all the generous and caring supporters who responded to our request and donated towards Haiti Relief. We raised more than $4,000 and were able to ship supplies and shelters directly to Les Cayes, where EPIC teams live and work.
​ We are all so grateful. Thank you again.

3 Things that EPIC Does Really Well

Join our team of supporters on #GivingTuesday and give an EPIC gift because….

Taking to the Air to Protect Seabirds

This is the season when migratory seabirds, such as terns and gulls, return to the Grenadines islands to nest. This abundance of birds, that may number in the thousands, unfortunately attracts poachers who collect eggs and chicks from these nesting colonies.

Taking Care of Sint Maarten

With pandemic restrictions easing, the EPIC Sint Maarten Foundation was able to get out and join our partners and volunteers in providing three socially-distanced events to care for natural areas in the last few months.

How Pride Protects Wild Places

Conserving wildlife and wild places takes many forms. Research is important to understand what is going on with a species. Conservation stewardship activities are vital to slowing down and reversing harm to plants and animals. Education plays a valuable role in explaining to people why wild things and wild places are important. But another aspect […]

Seabird Threats Caught on Film in the Grenadines

Invasive mammals, such as cats, rats and mongooses are known threats to seabirds throughout the Caribbean and beyond. Detecting them on remote, offshore, and difficult to access islands is challenging, yet it’s crucial information for conserving these imperiled birds. EPIC and Ocean Spirits Inc. joined efforts to survey seven islands in the Grenadines using trail […]

Burning of Protected Areas and Seabird Harvesting Illegal

As we enter the dry season, the public is reminded to not set fires on offshore islands as fires have negative effects on natural areas, both on land and in the ocean. Many islands in the Grenadines are refuges for wildlife, including globally important populations of nesting seabirds, and all are sensitive to fires and […]

Amazing Seabird Art Made from Waste

A great way to fight litter is to create something beautiful out of it! Artists did just that during our Waste to Art competition held under the theme “Amazing Seabirds: Our Birds, Our Islands, Our Future,” which was a project of EPIC and Science Initiative for Environmental Conservation and Education (SCIENCE). The contest was held […]

Send Us Your Caribbean Water Story in Celebration of World Water Day

One of our greatest challenges is in the preservation of our beautiful blue ocean waters and safeguarding clean freshwater for all. Help us elevate the importance of safe, clean, and healthy Caribbean waters. Share your Caribbean water stories and photos with us highlighting the importance of Caribbean water from now through March 22 which is […]

Spying to Protect Black-capped Petrels in Haiti

​It is a cold and windy night along the La Visite Escarpment in south-central Haiti. The clouds form and then dissipate as they stream along the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. The wind gusts come and go and when it calms down a bit, you can hear the frogs calling and the mournful wail […]

Waste to Art Contest Winners Announced

The winners of the Waste to Art competition held under the theme “Amazing Seabirds: Our Birds, Our Islands, Our Future” were announced by Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and Science Initiative for Environmental Conservation and Education (SCIENCE), who were pleased and excited about the event. The contest was held on islands throughout St. Vincent and […]

Detecting Invasive Mammals on Offshore Islands

Throughout 2019-2020 Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) has focused efforts to build upon previous investigations in the Grenadines island chain to document invasive mammal species presence at offshore Grenadine islands.  The uninhabited islands of the Grenadines are globally important for nesting seabirds and host regionally endemic and endangered reptile species, such as sea turtles […]

Take a Look, We Made an Impact!

This was a year of great changes for everyone. Despite these challenges, EPIC’s staff, volunteers and supporters continued working towards a sustainable future for the Caribbean region. In 2020, EPIC celebrated 20 years of Caribbean conservation and we’ve released our annual report for this past year. Join us in learning about EPIC projects, programs and people along with some of the fascinating history […]

Litter Removed from Offshore Islands to Protect Wildlife

As part of its commitment to reducing man-made threats to seabirds and other marine and island biodiversity, the organization Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) has sponsored coastal litter cleanups on several uninhabited seabird breeding islands of the transboundary Grenadines, namely Mabouya, White, Sandy, and Petit Rameau. To date, hundreds of pounds of garbage have […]

Sunset Kayaking with EPIC Sint Maarten

We finally got out on the water on Saturday, November 7, with a group of 18 adults and older children who kayaked out of Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten, and into the sunset. The waters in and around Sint Maarten were gorgeous! Kayaking out with the sunset was serene as the sun’s hues deepened above […]

Black-capped Petrel Resiliency, Leadership, and New Islands

EPIC continues to be a leading advocate for the conservation of the endangered Black-capped petrel in the Caribbean region. Our program for the species touches on all aspects of conservation for this seabird including searches for new nesting areas, monitoring of known nesting areas, working with communities to preserve petrel nesting habitat, incorporating petrel natural […]

Director’s Message

Thank you to all the volunteers and supporters who helped EPIC navigate the challenging waters of 2020. We are especially grateful to the members of the new Legacy Council who have the vision and confidence to support EPIC over the next five years. EPIC also celebrated the milestone of 20 years of successful Caribbean conservation […]