EPIC & PRIDE Award Winning ICC Teams

Philipsburg – Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) in collaboration with St. Maarten PRIDE Foundation awarded several winning volunteer teams and community organizations for their participation in this year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). More than 100 volunteers attended the ICC at Little Bay Beach and Pond near Belair, during which over 1,480 pounds of trash were collected.

Alarming Amounts of Single-use Plastics Collected During ICC 2022

On Saturday September 25th, more than 100 volunteers attended this year’s International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) at Little Bay Beach & Pond, near Belair, hosted by the St. Maarten Pride Foundation, in collaboration with Environmental Protection in the Caribbean Sint Maarten (EPIC). A total of 1480.5 pounds of trash was collected, of which 692.4lbs were glass and plastic bottles. This was excluding heavy construction material also found during the cleanup.

Alarming Amounts of Single-use Plastics Collected During International Coastal Cleanup 2022

Haiti Biodiversity Conservationist Wins 2022 Stanford Bright Award

Cay-Hill Community Council Hosts its First Community Cleanup

Opportunity: EPIC Youth Ambassadors.

First-ever Endangered Black-capped Petrel Found on Pic La Selle, Haiti

EPIC Cleanup Event in Hope Estate. Dozen More Planned.

First-ever Endangered Black-capped Petrel Nest Found on Pic La Selle, Haiti

The nest of an endangered Black-capped Petrel seabird was found for the first time on the slopes of Pic La Selle, Haiti on 24 May 2022 by a small team of Haitian biologists from Action pour la Sauvegarde de l’Ecologie en Haiti (ACSEH) and Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC). The discovery of the Black-capped Petrel nest represents only the third-known nesting area of these seabirds in Haiti. It also represents the first-ever confirmed Black-capped Petrel nest on Pic La Selle.

Island Gems Fixes Rails of Little Bay Pond Bird Observation Hut

EPIC Cleanup Event for World Bioversity Day

Sint Maarten Hospitality and Trade Association (SHTA)

SXM TALKS: EPIC Cleanup Event for World Bioversity Day

EPIC Cleanup Event for World Biodiversity Day | SMN News

EPIC Cleanup Event for World Biodiversity Day

EPIC to Collect Data on Littering Habits of Sint Maarten Residents

EPIC: Taking Strides in Protecting the Environment

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

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.

Conserving the Black-Capped Petrel

From Two to Team: The Story of EPIC

Free Hike Guide Training Offered


Free Hike Guide Training Offered

EPIC Sint Maarten invites people interested in becoming volunteer hike leaders to participate in a two-hour training session this Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 9 – 11 a.m.

Stanford Law School Seeking Nominations for Bright Award for Environmental Work

Seeking Caribbean Nominations for the Stanford Bright Award for Environmental Sustainability

The Black-capped Petrel Flies Again

Small Caribbean Environmental Organization Makes a Big Impact

Environment Protection In the Caribbean (EPIC) launches new website and logo

Conservationists Pen Action Plan to Protect Extremely Elusive and Endangered Seabird

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…

Conservationists Pen Action Plan to Protect Extremely Elusive and Endangered Seabird

API TV – Inside Story 25th September 2021

Island Conservation Takes Off with Drone Training

Island Conservation Takes Off with Drone Training

Monitoring wildlife can be challenging in remote or difficult to reach places. The use of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), also known as a drone, is one method …

Drone Training Program to Assist in Conservation

Representatives from government and local organizations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will participate in training about the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, also referred to as drones. 

Grenadines’ Biodiversity Highly Threatened by Introduced Mammals

Local field researchers concluded surveys to assess the diversity of species found on remote, uninhabited islands of the Grenadines while also detecting non-native mammals.

Sing, Fly, Soar Like a Bird at Little Bay Pond this Sunday

On Sunday 9th May, EPIC is hosting an event at Little Bay Pond, Sint Maarten to celebrate World Migratory Bird day. 

Working Group Addressing Grenadines Conservation Issues

A working group is exploring conservation issues affecting remote, uninhabited islands of the Grenadines and mapping out actions to protect the wildlife found there.

Burning of Protected Areas and Seabird Harvesting Prohibited

Many islands in the Grenadines are refuges for wildlife…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.

Waste to Art Contest Winners Announced

EPIC and SCIENCE are pleased and excited to announce the winners of their Waste to Art competition held under the theme “Amazing Seabirds: Our Birds, Our Islands, Our Future.” 

Detecting Invasive Mammals on Offshore Islands

Invasive species are organisms that are purposefully or accidentally introduced to areas beyond their native ranges, where they establish and become harmful to the local environment…

Litter Removed from Offshore Islands to Protect Wildlife

EPIC has sponsored coastal litter cleanups on several uninhabited seabird breeding islands of the transboundary Grenadines. To date, hundreds of pounds of garbage have been removed by volunteers…

Slurping Pollution in Simpson Bay Lagoon

Black-capped Petrel Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation in a Haitian Community

Speaking Up for Seabirds: Talking to EPIC’s Juliana Coffey in the Grenadines

EPIC Sunset Kayak Raises Funds for Cleaner Lagoon

Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten – Adults and children enjoyed a sunset kayak Saturday evening, 7 November, at a fundraising event for Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC). 

In Search of the Lost Jamaican Petrel: A Mystery

On the Verge of Locating Thought-to-be-Extinct Jamaican Petrel — Scientists

A New Mangrove Forest Growing in Simpson Bay Lagoon

On Sunday, 26 July, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) began the removal of PVC pipes installed to protect mangrove seedlings planted in Simpson Bay Lagoon after hurricane Irma. 

Spreading their Wings: Grenadines Seabird Guardians Unite to Conduct Surveys at Remote Islands

With their remarkable adaptations and abilities, seabirds are the only animal to unite the air, land and sea.  Their long-distance migrations also unite nations as they cross borders…

Observations of Seabird Harvesting Increase Despite Covid-19 Restrictions

Although seabird harvest and egg collection are prohibited by legislation of both Grenada and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, research by EPIC shows that the practice continues to occur…

Be an EPIC Hiker

Get away from technology and the business of our normal lives and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of nature on one of Sint Maarten’s many hiking trails. 

Preserving Nature in the Grenadines

Project Coordinator Juliana Coffey noted “If there is anything to be learned from the current global crisis, it is that we must begin to adjust our relationship with nature and wildlife…”

New Short Film Explores Lives of Seabirds in the Grenadines

Wildlife Reserve Sign Installation on Remote Grenadine Islands

Although the Grenadines span approximately 100 kilometers and contain more than 70 islands, rocks and cays, EPIC is bringing people throughout the region together through a shared resource – seabirds…

EPIC and Soulcraft Allstars Announce the Premiere of The Diablotin Festival Film: The Fourth in the “Save the Devil” Film Series

EPIC Awarded Grant by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds for Plant Catalog

Maho, Sint Maarten: EPIC Sint Maarten is pleased to announce receipt of a grant award from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied (PBCCG) to conduct a bio-inventory of all locally found vascular plants.

Study Highlights Importance of Restoring Simpson Bay Lagoon, Sint Maarten

Mayreau Community Consulted on Seabirds

Thousands Learn About Seabird Conservation

EPIC and SCIENCE partnered to reach over 4,000 participants with outreach activities aimed at supporting seabird conservation in the transboundary Grenadines archipelago of the nations of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. 

Adam Brown: Saving the little devil from extinction

Petit Martinique Students and Community Learn More About Seabirds

Community Consulted on Managing Seabirds

EPIC continued its community consultation and planning session regarding the seabirds and offshore islands of the Grenadines, this time with a dozen fisherfolk and other interested residents on Mayreau, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Record Number of Seabird Surveys in Grenadines

Partnering with Multiple Sectors for Seabird Conservation

On 20 September, EPIC held a seabird monitoring training workshop for the Sandy Island Oyster Bed Marine Protected Area (SIOBMPA) staff on Carriacou. 

EPIC Hosts Grenada Birding Club First Seabird Trip to the Grenadines

On the 4th of August 2019, executive members of the Grenada Birding Club were invited to the first-ever seabird-specific excursion in the Grenadines, through the EPIC seabird training program. 

Raising Awareness of Grenadines’ Seabirds

The Silent Threat of Plastics

Imagine there being more plastic than fish in the ocean. Researchers have predicted that unless we change our behavior, this tragic situation would come true by 2050.

Respecting our Seabird Neighbours in the Grenadines

Residents of the Grenadines and fishing communities depend on the ocean, as do seabirds. It is a shared common space.

Dutch Representation Offices support EPIC’s programs

Members from the Dutch Representation Offices of Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten picked up 460 pounds of trash on Mullet Bay Beach during a cleanup organized by EPIC.

Alien Invasive Species Threatening Seabirds in the Grenadines

Alien Invasive Species Threaten Seabirds in the Grenadines

Mass migrations and movements of humans worldwide over many millennia have enabled the transport of species, both purposefully and incidentally, into new regions. 

New Grenadines Intitative: Saving Our Seabirds

US Non-Profit Organization Set to Help SVG Protect Grenadines Seabird

Saving Our Seabirds

A new year-long initiative called “Conservation of Key Offshore Island Reserves” aims to develop long-term strategies to protect Grenadines seabirds.

Petite Martinique Schoolchildren and Community Members Participate in Seabird Presentation

EPIC is committed to teaching younger generations about biodiversity issues in the Grenadines, especially seabirds and their role in the marine ecosystem.

Little Bay Pond Cleanup a Success

This past Sunday, over 80 volunteers joined EPIC for a litter cleanup at Little Bay Pond and beach.  Participants filled 30 large garbage bags with litter.

Breeding Again After 153 years: Black-capped Petrel Returns to Dominica

Restoration of Key Biodiversity Areas of St. Maarten

Black-Capped Petrel Survival on Dominica

The Danger of St. Maarten’s Disappearing Wetlands

EPIC to Assess Monetary Value of Wetlands

EPIC and SHTA sign Collaborative Agreement towards Sustainable Tourism

Rare Seabird Found in Dominica

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Local ornithologist finds rare sea bird in the Caribbean

Confirmation of a New Nesting Site for Black-capped Petrel

Rediscovery of Black-capped Petrels (Diablotins) on Dominica

EPIC identifies Lesser Antillean IBA’s

BirdLife has contracted EPIC to identify Important Bird Areas (IBAs) using existing information and through EPIC surveys in the Lesser Antillean islands of Saba, St Kitts, St Eustatius and St Maarten/Martin.