Bonaire’s many nature preservation programs make Bonaire a wonderful place to visit. Many organizations protect the natural beauty of Bonaire. As a result, you have the opportunity to observe the many fishes, birds and flowers. Also, visitors are encouraged to participate in hunting lionfish, beach cleanups, flamingo rescue efforts and other ways you can get involved.
The National Marine Park was established in 1979 and protects the entire coastline. From the high water mark to a depth of 200 feet have benefited from this protection for years. In addition, the large mangrove forest in Lac Bay is also protected in the same way. Visitors will need to purchase a marine tag that’s good for one year in order to support the government’s conservation efforts. Most importantly, while you’re here, treat the environment with respect.
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Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
This baby sea turtle has just a one in a thousand chance of reaching adulthood. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire works to improve its chances through preserving the natural habitat. They protect sea turtle nesting sites, monitor their migration and rescue injured sea turtles. Learn more about STCB and what you can do to help these endangered animals.
Echo Bonaire Nature Preservation
Echo Bonaire has several programs to help protect the endangered Yellow-shouldered Amazon Parrot of Bonaire. Locally, we call it the Lora. There is a long term reforestation program to improve the habitat of the native animals on Bonaire. Through their nature preservation efforts and nest monitoring, the Lora can be seen all over the island. It is a must-see stop on the Caribbean Birding Trail with over 200 species of birds. Watch the video and see how Amelia is rescued and therefore has a chance to mature with her brothers and sisters.
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Bonaire Wild Bird Rehab
The government of Bonaire protects Flamingos because there are very few breeding sites in the Southern Caribbean. Because the birds are sensitive to disturbances, you are not allowed to enter the Flamingo Reserve. Even though you can’t enter the reserve, you can observe them from the road. Flamingos can also be seen at Lake Gotomeer, the Mangroves at Lac Bay and around the Salt Pans.
Flamingos are actually born gray and develop their pink color because of their diet. They eat algae and insects that are rich in pigments and Caribbean Flamingos have the brightest coloration of all.
Every now and then, especially during windy periods, little flamingos float away in strong winds. They may fly too far from the crèche and can’t make their way back. When there are hundreds of Flamingos fledging, there can be many that end up in trouble. If you come upon a flamingo in trouble, follow the Flamingo Rescue Guide below to help these special birds. We appreciate your help in our nature preservation efforts.