The idea of creating WILDCONSCIENCE was generated by the end of 2014 and the company was legally incorporated on the Island of Bonaire on November 28th of that same year. Below you can find an overview of the projects we are currently involved with and what we have accomplished since then.

 

Date October 14th - 20th, 2018
Project Workshop: Areas and sites for bat conservation in Central America and the Caribbean
Organization(s) Latin American and Caribbean Network for Bat Conservation (RELCOM in Spanish), Science and Technology for Development (CYTED in Spanish)
Contact person(s) Dr. Jafet Nassar, Dr. Luis Aguirre, Dr. Ruben Barquez
Location Valle de Los Angeles, Honduras
Short description

Funded by CYTED, this workshop aims to train international participants in the selection of sites and areas in their respective countries and the elaboration of the application forms. WILDCONSCIENCE's Co-Managing Director Fernando Simal has experience in the elaboration of five of this type of applications in the ABC islands. Besides helping the attendants without previous experience, Fernando will take advantage of the training to elaborate two more applications for Bonaire. 

Publications 2 Technical reports (applications areas for bat conservation)

                                                    


     

 

Date October, November and December 2018
Project Field work - netting activities at Lac Bay -  Bonaire Sea Turtle Population 
Organization(s) Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Contact person(s) Mabel Nava, Frank Rivera-Milán
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

During the first week of these 3 months WILDCONSCIENCE will be present on the field assisting  with the netting activities at Lac. This will be the final test to the new survey design elaborated in cooperation with our scientific advisor, Dr. Frank Rivera-Milán and STCB. Our aim is to improve accuracy on STCB's yearly population estimates for Bonaire, which are needed to take well-informed management decisions. 

Publications 2 scientific publications 

          


     

 

Date May - August, 2018
Project Survey design for STCB netting activities at Lac Bay -  Bonaire Sea Turtle Population 
Organization(s) Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Contact person(s) Mabel Nava, Frank Rivera-Milán
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE's scientific advisor, Dr. Frank Rivera-Milán was hired by STCB to guide the process of optimizing their methodology for netting captures from a scientific perspective. Co-managing Director Fernando Simal conducted all the GIS work and assisted in the field with the netting activities and data collection. The improved surveys will result in more accurate yearly population estimates for Bonaire, which are needed to take well-informed management decisions. 

Publications 2 scientific publications 

          


     

 

Date April 2018 - October 2019
Project Bonaire Caves and Karst Nature Reserve - Bonaire Caves and Karst Park (Pilot project)
Organization(s) Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Bonaire Island Government
Contact person(s) Paul Hoetjes, Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The former Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation granted funding to WILDCONSCIENCE for the design and creation of the Bonaire Caves and Karst Park. The park's main goal is to achieve sustainable recreational use of the caves of the island by the cave tour operators. The park will offer guides certification courses, several caves to visit with different degrees of difficulty, hiking trails, interpretation signs and an opportunity for optimal management of these natural and cultural resources. The work will be conducted in partnership with the Bonaire Island Government and The Caribbean Speleological Society www.caribss.org

Publications None

          

   
     

 

Date April 2018 - October 2018
Project Bonaire Caves and Karst Nature Reserve - Restricted access to the five most important bat maternity roosts of the Island of Bonaire
Organization(s) Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Bonaire Island Government
Contact person(s) Paul Hoetjes, Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The former Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation granted funding to WILDCONSCIENCE to design and install physical barriers and education signs in the five most important bat maternity roosts on the Island of Bonaire. The caves were selected based on previous scientific research (Simal et al. 2015) conducted by Co-Managing Director Fernando Simal acting as General Coordinator of the Bat Conservation Program of the ABC Islands (PPRABC). The work will be executed in partnership with the Bonaire Island Government and The Caribbean Speleological Society www.caribss.org 

Publications None

          

   
     

 

Date April 2018 - April 2019
Project Bonaire Caves and Karst Nature Reserve - Temporal patterns of use, by insectivore bats, of main maternity roost on Bonaire and SICOM designation of the site. 
Organization(s) Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Bonaire Island Government
Contact person(s) Paul Hoetjes, Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The former Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation granted funding to WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct scientific research in partnership with the Bonaire Island Government and The Caribbean Speleological Society www.caribss.org on the cave-use dynamics of the most important bat roost known for two species of insectivore bats on Bonaire. The main goal is to define the yearly patterns of these two species regarding mating, pregnancy and lactating periods, in order to provide protection to this cave during the most vulnerable times of the year for these populations. Additionally, an application to have the cave recognized by international experts as an Important Site for Bat Conservation will be elaborated and submitted to RELCOM (Acronym in Spanish for The Latin America and Caribbean Bat Conservation Network)

Publications 1 Technical report and 1 scientific publication

          

   
     

 

Date April-May 2018
Project Recommendation for the placement of 20-30 housing parcels on Kralendijk
Organization(s) Bonaire Island Government
Contact person(s) Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Following recommendations provided by our company on a previous study, WILDCONSCIENCE was hired by the Island Government to conduct a study of the natural values south of Salina di Vlijt and provide recommendations for the placement of 20-30 housing parcels in order to preserve the special natural values of this area of Kralendijk.

Publications 1 Technical report

          

   
     

 

Date March-April 2018
Project Nature protection signs for Ramsar site Pekelmeer
Organization(s) Bonaire Island Government (OLB), Cargill N.V.
Contact person(s) Frank van Slobbe, Jose Aulacio, Daniel Deanda
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The Island Government, in agreement with Cargill N.V., contracted WILDCONSCIENCE to fabricate and place 50 signs to avoid disturbance of the legally protected and fragile flora and fauna at the Ramsar site Pekelmeer, located inside the Cargill salt production plant. The focus was on the flamingo sanctuary and the nesting sites of three different species of terns, which are protected by law. This flamingo nestig site is the most important nesting site for flamingos in the South Caribbean.

Publications None

          

   
     

 

Date April-May 2018
Project Study of the natural values of 40 Ha at West Lima
Organization(s) Bonred I BV
Contact person(s) Prescilla Roos
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The company Bonred I BV hired WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area.

Publications 1 Technical report

          

   
     

 

Date February 2018 - undefined
Project Honoring Cap. Don Stewart's heritage
Organization(s) MOOGIENATION, WILDCONSCIENCE
Contact person(s) Ralph "Moogie" Stewart, Janet Thibault, George Buckley
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE is donating time to honor coral reef conservation pioneer Cap. Don Stewart. Don was key in the implementation of the Bonaire National Marine Park, the spearfishing-ban, anchoring-ban on Bonaire's coral reefs and implementing the mooring system. He presented the Island of Bonaire to the world as a top SCUBA diving destination, he is the founder of the environmental group Council of Underwater Resort Operators, author of several books and much more. Awarded with the title of Knight from the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau and a member of the SCUBA diving Hall of Fame, we are working on the upgrading of his grave, which is visited frequently by Bonaire residents and visitors. In addition, we are also aiming to have a street on Bonaire named after him.

Publications None

          

   
     

 

Date April 2018
Project Study of the natural values of 1,5 Ha at Karpata for the new WEB power plant
Organization(s) Eco-Vision NV, WEB
Contact person(s) Rob Kelder
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

EcoVision NV from Curaçao, whom is charged with the Environmental Impact Assessment of the WEB power plant planned to be located next to the existing one at Karpata, hired WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment.

  1 Technical report (by EcoVIsion NV)

          

   
     

 

Date February 2018
Project Study of the natural values of 8,5 Ha at SABADECO
Organization(s) BonBida NV
Contact person(s) Michiel Verhoef
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The company BonBida NV, requested WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area to be presented to the Bonaire Island Government (OLB) as part of the process to obtain a building permit for a residential development project.

Publications 1 Technical report

          

   
     

 

Date December 2017 - February 2018
Project Survey design for population trends -  Bonaire Sea Turtle Population 
Organization(s) Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Contact person(s) Mabel Nava, Frank Rivera-Milán
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE's scientific advisor, Dr. Frank Rivera-Milán was hired by STCB to guide the process of optimizing their methodology for in-water sighting surveys and netting captures from a scientific perspective. The improved surveys will result in more accurate yearly population estimates for Bonaire, which are needed to take well-informed management decisions. 

Publications 2 scientific publications 

          

     

 

Date November 2017
Project

Study of the natural and cultural values in 8 ha. of land at Playa Grandi, Bonaire

Organization(s) Marquise Eco Resort Bonaire
Contact person(s) Mrs. Arelys Winklaar, Mr. Robby Winklaar and Mr. Peter de Graaf, 
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Marquise Eco Resort Bonaire, in agreement with the Bonaire Public Entity (OLB) requested WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area as part of the process to obtain a building permit for the development of a 15-units Eco Resort.

Publications 1 Technical Report

 


 

  

Date October - November, 2017
Project Bat fauna of Curaçao and Aruba and the genetic barcoding project
Organization(s) Royal Ontario Museum, CARMABI and Arikok National Park
Contact person(s) Dr. Burton Lim, Dr. Mark Vermij and Giancarlo Nunes  
Location Islands of Curaçao and Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The work included capturing and collecting data on bats, their main roosts and the different habitats they use on the island. We used 6, 9 and 12 meters regular mist nets, triple height mist nets, harp traps and ultrasound recorders, both active and passive. We collected and prepared specimens and samples for the Royal Ontario Museum. In this way, we obtained important information on phylogenetics, systematics and different aspects of bat ecology on our islands that will help making decisions on the best practices to preserve the bat fauna of the islands. A new species of bat, Artibeus lituratus, was recorded for Curaçao and several individuals of the species Molossus molossus, which was reported as "regionally extinct" on this island, were captured.

Publications 1 scientific publication

               

    

 

 

Date August - October  2017
Project

EIA evaluation of the project: Ecological restoration of Salina di Vlijt

Organization(s) Island Government of Bonaire (OLB)
Contact person(s) Mr. Frank van Slobbe, Mrs. Elli Noij and Mrs. Dianne Boelmans  
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Under the Nature Funds Dutch Caribbean, a project to counter erosion and restore the ecological functions of Bonaire wetlands was approved; Salina di Vlijt is one of these restoration sites. Restoration activities include excavation of sediments and creation of islands as a safe ground for birds and vegetation. The Island Government of Bonaire requested WILDCONSCIENCE to carry out an evaluation of the project to determine the need of conducting a complete Environmental Impact Assesment before execution. 

 

Publications 1 Technical Report

 
 

 

Date July - September  2017
Project

Study of the natural and cultural values at 3 Ha of land at Rincon, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Organization(s) Island Government of Bonaire 
Contact person(s) Mrs. Elli Noij, Mrs. Dianne Boelmans and Mr. Frank van Slobbe 
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The Bonaire Island Government contracted WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area and to give recommendations to preserve these values before making a residential development in this area.

Publications 1 Technical Report

 
 

 

Date August- September 2017 
Project

Cave clean-up

Organization(s) SELIBON, Island Government of Bonaire (OLB), CARIBSS 
Contact person(s) Mrs. Claris Sint Jago, Peter Montanus and Mr. Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

As a founding member of the Caribbean Speleological Society, WILDCONSCIENCE was in charge of coordinating organizations and volunteers to carry out 2 cleanup sessions of a cave found in a sinkhole with a vertical drop of over 10 meters. Abseiling and rock climbing equipment was used to safely lower people into the cave and bring the collected garbage to the top. Collected garbage included organic materials, furniture, appliances and a stolen vehicle. The next step is to restrict direct access of vehicles to the cave entrance.

Publications None

  

Date July - August  2017
Project

Study of the natural and cultural values at 6 Ha of land at Dawari, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Organization(s) Island Government of Bonaire 
Contact person(s) Mrs. Ellie Noij, Mrs. Dianne Boelmans and Mr. Frank van Slobbe 
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The Bonaire Island Government contracted WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area and give recommendations to preserve these values before making a residential development in this area. This is our first assignment for the local government.

Publications 1 Technical Report

 

 

Date April-May 2017
Project

Study of the natural and cultural values in 4 Ha. of land at Barkadera, Bonaire

Organization(s) ARCHITEKTENBURO RUIMTE 68 BV
Contact person(s) Mr. Peter Scipio
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

ARCHITEKTENBURO RUIMTE 68 BV requested WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area to be presented to the Bonaire Island Government (OLB) as part of the process to obtain a building permit for an eco-lodge.

Publications 1 Technical Report

 

 

Date March 2017
Project

Donation of a concrete sign to Bonaire's cultural heritage. 

Organization(s) BONAI
Contact person(s) Michiel Van Bockhorst, Jackie Bernabela
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE donated a concrete sign to indicate the location of the "Grave of a Portuguese man". Several version are available about this grave located on the south of Bonaire, close to the salt pier. The local archaeological group BONAI, together with the TV group Lamédia, will make a short film about it.

Publications None
      
 

 

Date February, 2017
Project

Migratory Shorebird Surveys on the salt flats of Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic & Cargill salt flats, Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean

Organization(s) Canada Environment, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdsCaribbean, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, STINAPA Bonaire and Cargill NV.
Contact person(s) Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Jeff Gerbracht, Dr. Frank Rivera 
Locations Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic and Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

After 3 continuous years of perfecting the methodology for this type of environment at the salt flats of Cargill (Bonaire), we are going to apply it on similar areas of the Caribbean where large populations of migratory shorebirds are expected. In this occasion at the Salt Flats of Monte Cristi. Results from the previous CWC surveys carried at the beginning of the year have demonstrated that Bonaire is a site of regional importance for migratory shorebirds, this could also potentially be the case for this area of the Dominican Republic. This is specially interesting seeing as Canada Environment estimates a 60% decline in their population numbers. Funded by Canada Environment and in cooperation with personnel form the USFWS, BirdsCaribbean, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and local organizations, WILDCONSCIENCE will collect and manage the data for this project.

Publications 1 Technical report, 1 scientific publication

  

 

 

 

Date February 2017
Project

Study of the natural and cultural values in 20.000 m2 of land at Den Tera, Bonaire

Organization(s) Bodifée Design BV, personal cliente
Contact person(s) Bo Bodifée
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The company Bodifée Design, requested WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural and cultural values of this area to be presented to the Bonaire Island Government (OLB) as part of the process to obtain a building permit for a development project.

Publications 1 Technical Report
 

 

Date January 2017
Project

Removal of a giant tree of the exotic invasive species Casuarina (Australian pine)

Organization(s) Personal client
Contact person(s) Personal client
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description

Casuarina is a fast-growing plant which produces heavy shade and a thick blanket of leaves beneath it, reducing habitat value. Its dense monoculture thickets displace native plant species. Once established, Casuarina alters light, temperature, soil chemistry and hydrology of the habitats it invades. Conducting this removal required special tree and rock-climbing techniques and equipment. 

Publications None
 

 

Date January 2017
Project

Initial Memorandum - Native habitat restoration at the property San Jose.

Organization(s) Personal client
Contact person(s) Personal client
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE was hired to elaborate the Initial Memorandum (Startnotitie) for the restoration of the native habitat and the construction of an Education Center at the property San José. The project includes fencing, clean up of the area, removal of exotic invasive species of flora and fauna and reforestation. This is the initial step to obtain a building permit by the Bonaire Public Entity (O.L.B.).

Publications 1 Technical Report
 

 

Date December 2016 - January 2017
Project

A Study of the natural and cultural values in 6400 m2 of land at Lagoen, Bonaire

Organization(s) Mercurius Real State BV, Bodifée Design BV
Contact person(s) Mr. Richard Berends, Mrs. Bo Bodifée
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Mercurius Real State BV, through the company Bodifée Design, requested WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a study of the natural values of this area to be presented to the Bonaire Island Government (OLB) as part of the process to obtain a building permit a development project.

Publications 1 Technical Report
 

 

Date December, 2016
Project Migratory Shorebird Surveys on Bonaire
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire, Cargill NV, Canada Environment, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdsCaribbean and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact person(s) Daniel Deanda, Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Jeff Gerbracht, Dr. Frank Rivera and Herman Sieben 
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE conducted the 2nd survey of the 2016-2017 bird migratory season. During this survey we had the presence of Dr. Frank Rivera-Milán from the U.S.F.W.S., an expert on survey design, in order to finetune the last details of the methodology for this type of habitat. 

Publications 1 technical report and 1 scientific publication
              

 

Date December, 2016 
Project Terrestrial Bird Monitoring Program for Bonaire
Organization(s) WILDCONSCIENCE BV, STINAPA Bonaire, USFWS
Contact person(s) Frank Rivera-Milán, Herman Sieben
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description WILDCONSCIENCE carried out the final terrestrial bird survey before our scientific publication. Together with Dr. Frank Rivera-Milán from the U.S.F.W.S,  we used a combination of Distance Sampling, Repetition and Removal point counts that include population estimates of 11 species of terrestrial birds, including the "Loras" (Yellow-shouldered parrots), Brown-throated parakeets, 5 species of Columbiformes and Yellow oriole among others. It is considered of high importance to WILDCONSCIENCE to finish this "first chapter" (baseline population estimates) of the monitoring program, which was started in 2009.
Publications 1 scientific publication
                                                     

 

Date November 14th - 18th, 2016
Project Bonaire´s Sea Turtle Population Monitoring 
Organization(s) Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire
Contact person(s) Mabel Nava, Sue Willis
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE donated 4 full working days to Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, assisting with their fieldwork at Lac Bay. Netting captures inside the bay, and surveying and capturing sea turtles by hand outside the reef. Data collection includes PIT tags, metal tags, biometrics, weight, recording individual markings, tissue sampling for DNA and isotopes analysis. It was a great pleasure and lots of fun working with STCB staff and volunteers. 

Publications STCB pending
           

 

Date October - November, 2016
Project Lionfish Density, Size and Biomass on Bonaire's Coral Reefs
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire, Reef Support BV
Contact person(s) Herman Sieben, Wijnand de Wolfs, Ramón de León
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

In order to answer management questions for STINAPA Bonaire, an estimation of the lionfish density, biomass and size is obtained by doing an underwater survey establishing 50x4 meters transects at 35, 25 and 15 meters depth at 24 locations on the Island of Bonaire. The results will be compared to the baseline obtained in 2011-12 and the last survey in 2015 in order to take a look at population trends.

Publications 1 Technical Report to STINAPA Bonaire
     

 

Date August - November, 2016 
Project Petition to OLB for a change in legislation regarding issuing of building permits
Organization(s) WILDCONSCIENCE BV
Contact person(s) Fernando Simal, Jimmy van Rijn
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

As a celebration of our successful 2nd year of activities, we decided to donate 200 working hours to the Bonairean community. These hours were invested in the elaboration of a technical document to support a petition to the Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire (Bonaire Island Government) to make adaptations in legislation regarding the issuing building permits. The modifications we propose do not hamper the goals of the projects, however they create opportunity for habitat restoration and improvement in very simple and non-costly ways that are already included in the projects. In this way, we can easily start compensating our nature and our future generations for more than two centuries of non-sustainable extraction of our natural resources, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation and desertification. The petition and the link to the document in different languages was placed in www.change.org during the month of October.

Publications 1 technical report
           

 

Date August - September, 2016 
Project Impact on caves and bat populations by the construction of the new WEB water plant.
Organization(s) Civil Engineering Caribeean, Curaçao.
Contact person(s) Ton Deekens, Sjord Haitsma
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description

Regarding the potential construction of the new WEB water desalinization plant at Piedra Altu, Bonaire, Civil Engineering Caribbean hired WILDCONSCIENCE to conduct a preliminary survey of the area. The main goal of the study was to confirm the presence/absence of caves and bat colonies that could be negatively impacted by the project. During the study we surveyed two new caves that contained bat colonies and elaborated low resolution maps. Additionally, we provide in our report mitigation actions for the potential impacts on caves and bats.

Publications 1 technical report
            

  

Date October, 2016
Project

Removal of 150 meters of fsherman´s rock-anchor line from the Karpata Dive Reserve

Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire
Contact person(s) Wijnand de Wolf
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE donated a working day, transport and deep diving equipment to remove over 150 meters of fisherman's rock-anchor line that was lying (and abrading) the corals at the Karpata Diving Reserve. We like to think a lot of damage was avoided by not having this rope tangled around corals and sponges during the approaching storm Mathew. The line was cut at 66 meters depth, but kept going. Hopefully, we can go back after the storm and get the rest. Getting entangled in abandoned ropes and fishing gear is the cause of a lot of fatalities of marine mammals, sea turtles and large fish.

Publications None
    

 

Date October, 2016
Project

Migratory Shorebird Surveys on Bonaire

Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire, Cargill NV, Canada Environment, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdsCaribbean and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact person(s) Daniel Deanda, Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Jeff Gerbracht, Dr. Frank Rivera and Herman Sieben
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description

As expected, results from the previous CWC surveys carried at the beginning of the year have demonstrated that Bonaire is a site of regional importance for migratory shorebirds. This is specially interesting seeing as Canada Environment estimates a 60% decline in their population numbers. Funded by Canada Environment and in cooperation with personnel form the USFWS, BirdsCaribbean, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, WILDCONSCIENCE collects and manages the data for this project. The application for the nomination issued by WHMSRN (Western Hemisphere Migratory Bird Reserve Network) is already in progress.

Publications 1 Technical report, 1 scientific publication

  

 

 

Date September, 2016
Project

Bonaire Coral Reef Fish Surveys

Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire
Contact person(s) Herman Sieben, Caren Eckrich
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean 
Short description

In connection with Dr. Bob Steneck's Bonaire Coral Reef Monitoring Program, STINAPA Bonaire is aiming to have more local involvement in the data collection. WILDCONSCIENCE was hired to help STINAPA Bonaire's staff in the data collection. This is most likely the best coral reef monitoring program in the Caribbean. The surveys have consistently taken place every other year since 2003. 

Publications STINAPA pending
     

 

Date August-October, 2016
Project

Environmental Impact Assessment at Atlantis Beach (kitesurfing zone).

Organization(s) Bonaire Public Entity (OLB), Windhoek BV
Contact person(s) Frank van Slobbe, Roan Jaspars
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean - The Netherlands
Short description

After approval of their "Start Notice", an E.I.A of this project is necessary as part of the permit issuing process for the construction of 2 permanent structures at the site. We will look at the impact on the habitat, flora and fauna and provide recommendations for approval or denial of the permit. If approved, additional recommendations for mitigation of the (potential) negative impacts and/or viable ways of compensating them will be made.

Publications 1 Technical report
   

 

Date July, 2016
Project

Power Point Presentation: The Shorebirds of Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire, Cargill NV, Canada Environment, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdsCaribbean and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Contact person(s) Herman Sieben
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean - The Netherlands
Short description

The General Director of STINAPA Bonaire, Herman Sieben, requested WILDCONSCIENCE to prepare a presentation for a Nature Management meeting in the Netherlands during the month of August, 2016. The presentation includes common and rare species of shorebirds found on Bonaire, conservation challenges, survey challenges, population estimates for several species based on our own work and plans for their future management by external and local organizations.

Publications None

 

Date July - October, 2016
Project

Beach Protection

Organization(s) Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Public Entity Bonaire (Openbaar Lichaam)
Contact person(s) Mabel Nava, Dr. Sue Willis and Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE was hired by Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire to manage their Beach Protection Project. This project aims to keep sea turtle nesting beaches safe from vehicles driving on top of the nests, to give nature a chance to restore some natural vegetation on coastal areas and to reduce pollution on the beaches by improving the trash collecting facilities. A combination of planted tress, boulders, new trash containers and concrete signs should do the trick!

Publications None
 
  

 

Date June - July, 2016
Project

Introductory Lesson to Bonaire's Terrestrial Biodiversity for university students at CIEE Research Station Bonaire.

Organization(s) CIEE (Council of International Educational Exchange)
Contact person(s) Dr. Rita Peachey, Fadilah Ali
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short Description

Marine Ecology university students at this center usually spend a short time on the island of Bonaire with most of their time being invested on marine research and courses. This results in many of them leaving the island without a good knowledge of the terrestrial ecosystem. In order to complete their picture of the island's ecosystems, WILDCONSCIENCE was hired to give a lecture on Bonaire's terrestrial diversity. 

Publications None
       

 

Date February - May, 2016
Project

A Study of the Natural Values of Lima, Bonaire with Recommendations for

Development and the Bonaire Zoning Plan (R.O.B.)

Organization(s) Lima N.V., Public Entity Bonaire (Openbaar Lichaam)
Contact person(s) Mr. Burney Elhage, Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

In 2010, the area known as Lima was designated under different categories in the Bonaire Zoning Plan (Ruimtelik Ontwikkelingsplan Bonaire or R.O.B.), including “Natuur” and “Open Landschap”. In the existing plan, the asphalt road connecting Belnem with Sorobon works as the boundary between these two zones due to a lack of information on its natural values. Lima N.V., in agreement with Public Entity Bonaire (Openbaar Lichaam Bonaire), requested WILDCONSCIENCE to make a study in order to generate supporting material to provide guidelines and advice for both the potential developments as well as changes in the R.O.B. regarding the designation of land for this area.

Publications 1 Technical Report
 

 

Date January, 2016
Project 2nd (and last) Survey - Terrestrial Bird Survey at Klein Bonaire 
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire
Contact person(s) Johan Afman and Elsmarie Beukenboom
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description In order to measure the (potential) success of the reforestation project lead by Elsmarie Beukenboom in Klein Bonaire, a base line study of the terrestrial bird density, abundance and diversity was obtained by conducting 2 pilot surveys (dry season and rainy season) using hierarchical distance sampling, removal counts and repetitive counts. Parallel to this, an assessment of the vegetation and habitat quality was conducted. The first survey was carried out in June 2015, during the dry season.
Publications STINAPA pending
 

 

Date November 2015 - June 2016
Project Onima and Goto Driving Trails
Organization(s) Wayaka Advies BV, Caha Blanku BV, Reef Support BV, Solar Solutions BV
Contact person(s) Jan Jaap Almenkerk
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Touristic development of the agricultural areas around Rincon. WILDCONSCIENCE is responsible for the design, production and installation of 65 concrete signs with text and symbols engraved. Additionally, fabrication of wooden frames for 3 trailhead signs and their installation. 

Publications None
   

  

Date November 2015 to March 2016
Project Migratory Shorebird Surveys on Bonaire
Organization(s) BirdsCaribbean, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, USFWS, Canada Environment and STINAPA
Contact person(s) Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Jeff Gerbracht, Dr. Frank Rivera, Johan Afman 
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Results from the CWC surveys carried at the beginning of the year indicate that Bonaire could be a site of regional, and perhaps international, importance for migratory shorebirds. This is specially interesting considering Canada Environment estimated a 60% decline in their population numbers. Funded by Canada Environment and in cooperation with personnel form the USFWS, BirdsCaribbean, and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, WILDCONSCIENCE will collect and manage the data for this project.

Publications 1 Technical Report to Canada Environment and 1 scientific publication
 

 

Date October, 2015 
Project Terrestrial Bird Monitoring Program for Bonaire
Organization(s) WILDCONSCIENCE BV, STINAPA Bonaire, USFWS
Contact person(s) Frank Rivera-Milán, Johan Afman
Location Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description WILDCONSCIENCE carried out a terrestrial bird survey using a combination of Distance Sampling, Repetition and Removal point counts that includes population estimates of 11 species of terrestrial birds, including the "Loras" (Yellow-shouldered parrots), Brown-throated parakeets, 5 species of Columbiformes and Yellow oriole among others. It is considered of high importance to WILDCONSCIENCE to finish this "first chapter" (baseline population estimates) of the monitoring program, which was started in 2009.. 
Publications 1 scientific publication
            

 

Date October, 2015 
Project Saba's Sea and Learn Program (DIVE WITH THE EXPERTS)
Organization(s) Sea Saba
Contact person(s) Lynn Costenaro
Location Island of Saba, Caribbean Netherlands
Short description Sea & Learn is a non-profit foundation that brings together the local community, diverse nature experts and visitors to understand the value of nature, both worldwide and locally on Saba.  Sea & Learn's objective is to reinforce the importance of protecting nature and educate the potential safe-keepers in order to sustain viability of Saba's eco-tourism product and other environments throughout the world. WILDCONSCIENCE´s Fernando Simal was invited as one of the experts to participate in this program speaking about "BATS AS KEYSTONE SPECIES IN THE DRY ECOSYSTEMS OF THE CARIBBEAN". We gladly cooperate with this awesome initiative on a volunteer basis.
Publications None

     
                 

                     

 

Date September, 2015 
Project Stranded newborn Pygmy whale at Washington Slagbaai National Park
Organization(s) SCCN, STINAPA Bonaire, Island Government of Bonaire, Dutch Ministry of 
Contact person(s) Paul Hoetjes, Frank van Slobbe, Sabine Engels
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Since 2010 WILDCONSCIENCE´s Co-managing Director Fernando Simal has been in charge of performing autopsies on the stranded marine mammals that appear on Bonaire´s shoreline and sharing the data collected with the Southern Caribbean Stranding Network (SCCN) and other NGO´s and local authorities. In 2012, the first record of a Fraser´s dolphin for the Dutch Caribbean resulted in a scientific publication. This work is a donation of WILDCONSCIENCE to wildlife conservation and science in the Caribbean region.

Publications 1 scientific publication 
           

  

Date September, 2015
Project Start Notice and Environmental Quick scan for a touristic development project 
Organization(s) Reef Support BV, Island Government
Contact person(s) Ramón de León, Director
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description A study of the natural values of this area is necessary for the building permitting process. We will look at the Geology, Flora, Fauna and cultural values contained within the premises and provide recommendations for the preservation and (potential) enhancement of the natural habitat.
Publications 1 Technical Report to Reef Support BV

 

      

 

Date September 2015, February 2016 
Project Bonaire Native Trees and Cacti Phenology
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire
Contact person(s) Johan Afman
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

For the next six months WILDCONSCIENCE will invest a week per month in collecting and inputting data for the long-term study of the Bonaire native plants' phenology (yearly cycles of production of leaves, fruits and flowers). This project was designed and implemented in 2012 by Dr. Jafet Nassar (IVIC, Venezuela) and Fernando Simal while working for STINAPA Bonaire. We started with the phenology of candle cacti and agave plants only, as this is the main source of food for our 2 keystone species of nectar-feeding bats, but soon added more than 20 species of native trees to the project. It is satisfying to see that STINAPA Bonaire continued the data collecting efforts and to be able to work on the project once again. 

Publications STINAPA pending 
           

 

Date July - August, 2015
Project Lionfish Density, Size and Biomass on Bonaire's Coral Reefs
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire, Reef Support BV
Contact person(s) Johan Afman, Interim Director
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description In order to answer management questions for STINAPA Bonaire, an estimation of the lionfish density, biomass and size is obtained by doing an underwater survey establishing 50x4 meters transects at 35, 25 and 15 meters depth at 24 locations on the Island of Bonaire. The results will be compared to the baseline obtained in 2011-12 in order to take a look at population trends.
Publications 1 Technical Report to STINAPA Bonaire
     

 

Date July, 2015
Project Birds Caribbean 20th International Meeting - Kingston, Jamaica 
Organization(s) BirdsCaribbean
Contact person(s) Dr. Leo Douglas and Dr. Lisa Sorenson 
Location Knutsford Court Hotel - Kingston, Jamaica 
Short description

During this meeting WILDCONSCIENCE's Fernando Simal moderated the CWC session and presented the CWC work on the ABC islands. He also co-authored several other presentations (e.g. Grenada dove and Cayman Brac parrot) and, in the absence of Dr. Joe Wunderle, acted as chair of the committee in charge of selecting the winner of the Funder's Award, given to the best student presentation. Previous to the meeting, Fernando attended a workshop on bird skin preparation for museums.

Publications None
          

 

Date July, 2015
Project Environmental Quickscan for a Housing Development Project
Organization(s) Capacitas Advies BV, Island Government of Bonaire
Contact person(s) Rudolf Dijkstra, Frank van Slobbe
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

A study of the natural values of this area was necessary for the building permitting process. We looked at the Geology, Flora and Fauna of the area and provided recommendations for the preservation and enhancement of the natural habitat.

Publications 1 Technical Report to Capacitas Advies BV
 

 

Date May - June, 2015
Project Terrestrial Bird Survey at Klein Bonaire
Organization(s) STINAPA Bonaire
Contact person(s) Johan Afman and Elsmarie Beukenboom
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

In order to measure the (potential) success of the reforestation project lead by Elsmarie Beukenboom on Klein Bonaire, a base line study of the terrestrial bird density, abundance and diversity is obtained by conducting 2 pilot surveys (dry season and rainy season) using hierarchical distance sampling, removal counts and repetitive counts. Parallel to this, an assessment of the vegetation and habitat quality is conducted. The second survey will be carried around December 2015.

Publications STINAPA pending
 

 

Date May, 2015
Project 42th International Meeting of the AMLC (Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean)
Organization(s) AMLC, CARMABI
Contact person(s) Dr. Mark Vermeij
Location Hilton Hotel, Island of Curaçao
Short description

WILDCONSCIENCE attended this meeting with the goal of updating its knowledge on the status of coral reefs in the Wider Caribbean and to be updated on the most recent work that is being carried out. Additionally, we were looking for opportunities to contribute to the conservation of our marine environment.

Publications None
            

 

Date March - April, 2015
Project Bat Fauna of Bonaire and Use of Habitat Types
Organization(s) Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Contact person(s) Dr. Burton Lim
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

The work included collecting data on bats, their main roosts and the different habitats they use on the island. We used 6, 9 and 12 meters regular mist nets, triple height mist nets, harp traps and ultrasound recorders, both active and passive. Additionally, we collected and prepared specimens for the Royal Ontario Museum. In this way, we obtained important information on phylogenetics, systematics and different aspects of bat ecology on our island that will help making decisions on the best practices to preserve the bat fauna of the island.

Publications 3 scientific publications (genetic barcode, Bats of Bonaire and Echolocation) in preparation
 

 

Date April, 2015
Project Status and Trends of Bonaire Coral Reefs in 2015
Organization(s) University of Maine, IMARES, STINAPA Bonaire, Reef Support BV
Contact person(s) Dr. Bob Steneck, Dr. Suzzane Arnold, Ramón de León, Johan Afman
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

This is most likely the best coral reef monitoring program in the Caribbean. The surveys have been taking place consistently every other year since 2003. In 2015 the work carried out on dermal parasites was included as Chapter 8 (parasites on juvenile fish) of the 2015 Report of this program.

Publications 1 Technical Report (finished)
   

 

Date March, 2015
Project Assessment of the Prevalence of Dermal Parasites Among Coral Reef Fishes of Bonaire
Organization(s) IMARES, The Netherlands
Contact person(s) Dr. Martin de Graaf
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

An underwater survey at 17 different locations around the island of Bonaire collecting data on the presence/absence of dermal parasites on 40 species of coral reef fishes and the collection of infected specimens to obtain samples for further study in the laboratory.

Publications 1 Technical Report (finished) and 1 scientific publication (in preparation).
 

  

Date February - June, 2015
Project Bara di Karta Driving Trail
Organization(s) Wayaka Advies BV, Reef Support BV, Solar Solutions BV
Contact person(s) Jan Jaap Almenkerk and Kris Kats
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

Touristic development of the agricultural areas of Bara di Karta, Punta Blanku and Yatu Baku. WILDCONSCIENCE was responsible for the design, production and installation of 56 concrete signs with text and symbols engraved. Additionally, fabrication of wooden frames for 3 trailhead signs and their installation was done. 

Publications None
 

 

Date January, February and March, 2015
Project Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) Surveys on the ABC Islands
Organization(s) BirdsCaribbean, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, USFWS, Canada Environment and STINAPA
Contact person(s) Dr. Lisa Sorenson, Jeff Gerbracht, and Dr. Frank Rivera 
Location Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean
Short description

In combination with the 4-day workshop in Curaçao, this project aimed to carry out shorebird population estimates for wetlands of importance on Aruba, Bonaire to be reported back to Canada Environment. WILDCONSCIENCE collected and managed the data on shorebirds in all these areas and was assigned the responsibility of writing the final report. An oral presentation of this work was given in Kingston, Jamaica at the 20th Meeting of BirdsCaribbean in July 2015.

Publications 1 Technical Report to Canada Environment (finished) and 1 scientific publication (in preparation)
 

  

Date January, 2015
Project Caribbean Waterbird Census (CWC) Workshop in Curaçao
Organization(s) BirdsCaribbean
Contact person(s) Dr. Lisa Sorenson and Jeff Gerbracht 
Location Island of Curaçao
Short description

This 4-day workshop was designed to train personnel and volunteers of the nature management organizations in the Dutch Caribbean on bird identification and monitoring techniques used in the CWC, while collecting the first set of data. WILDCONSCIENCE was one of the 3 facilitators of the workshop, which consisted of several presentations and field trips.

Publications 1 Technical Report to canada Environment.
 

 

Date November, 2014
Project 2-day Biodiversity Workshop for Bonaire Tour Guides
Organization(s) Bonaire Tours and Vacations N.V.
Contact person(s) Corine Gerharts
Location Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Short description This workshop included time in the classroom viewing a 4-module PowerPoint presentation created by WILDCONSCIENCE and a field excursion to the main sites visited by tourist on Bonaire. The main topics were Bonaire’s Geology, Flora and Fauna.
Publications None