P Newsletter 2/2007
First Hatchlings of 2007
On Friday morning, May 25th,
the first baby hatchlings
emerged from a nest on Zee-
landia beach. Leatherback
hatchlings were found by the
Turtle Program Coordinator,
Arturo Herrera, and Intern,
Mr. Herrera noticed a pair of
Yellow-Crested Night Herons
congregating in an area
where a leatherback had
nested at the end of March
and chased off the birds.
Sadly a heron took off with a
hatchling in its mouth. It was
not determined how many
baby hatchlings were eaten
as there were numerous
tracks of both birds and baby
hatchlings. When Mr. Herrera
and Ms. Maloney arrived,
there was only one hatchling
left and it was upside down.
Around two in the afternoon
19 more hatchlings emerged
but unfortunately three of
them succumbed to the heat
of the sun's rays. Reactions
were varied from the group of
onlookers present, from
excitement to awe. There
were over twenty present
to witness the beginning of
a remarkable journey. In
total, 20 hatchlings made it
from Zeelandia Beach to
the Atlantic to begin their
amazing voyage. Four
died, including at least one
from a bird.
On Tuesday, June 19th,
hatchlings emerged from a
second nest on Zeelandia.
By 9am, four had come up
and one had been found
This particular nest was
laid by the leatherback
female that was killed in a
shark attack. By the end of
the day 13 hatchlings in
total had emerged from the
nest, 1 was eaten by a bird
and died from the sun's
Leaving the nest is a group
activity that can take sev-
Do you want your children
to be active and learn more
about the nature on their
island this summer?
This year we will be having
a summer activity program
for children aged 8 and
above, from July 2nd until
The kids will be hiking,
snorkeling and getting sea
turtle education. Children
must be able to swim 50
meters without floaters. If
your child cannot swim but
still wants to take part in the
other fun sessions, they are
Activities will take place on
Monday, 7:30 -12:00,
Wednesday, 2:00 4:00
and Thursdays, 1:00 4:00.
To sign up, please come to
the visitors' centre and fill in
the required form. The fee
is FIs 15,- and includes a
free t-shirt and use of snor-
STENAPA would like to
thank the company Vecen-
ergy for kindly sponsoring
15 children for this summer
Inside this Publication
First Hatchlings!! I
Summer Club Program I
Death of an endan- 2
Zeelandia Beach sign 2
Jr. Rangers Graduate 3
Rangers graduate 3
First Fruit Trees Planted 3
Rarest plant in the King-
dom /Morning G/ory)
You can join us for beach clean-
ups once a month!!
Next one: Sat. June 30th, 3pm
Tip. Bring along a pair of gloves,
and some large garbage bags.
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Drive out to see our latest
additions and enjoy the views.
St Eustatius: National and Marine Parks and Botanical Gardens
Following Procedures........Death of an endangered Species
On Wednesday, May 16th, there oc- ranger, Nadio Spanner managed to reported to the National Parks Office
curred the unfortunate incident of a free the eagle ray without damaging for monitoring purposes. Any inci-
juvenile hawksbill turtle being the fish or the net. dent of a sea turtle caught in a net as
drowned in a fisherman's net that by-catch must be reported and the
was left overnight by the blue pier. turtle handed in to staff or at the Visi-
This was witnessed by two of Marine Eagqe A tor Center.
park rangers and other members of
As well as the turtle, an eagle ray
was also entangled in the net. With
the assistance of the fisherman and
owner of the net, Marine Park
Drowned hawksbillstill entangled in net
What makes this incident so tragic is
that the hawksbill is a critically en-
dangered sea turtle and the eagle
ray is listed as near threatened.
This type of incident is unavoidable
as Gallows Bay is a working harbour
and fishermen are allowed to place
their nets there. Also the mesh size of
the net in this case is legal.
Fishermen and the public alike are
reminded that sea turtles in Statia's
waters are protected by law and any
sightings of live sea turtles should be
MP Ranger, fisherman freeing eagle ray
It is not permitted to keep the cara-
pace (the shell) or to bait one's traps
with the flesh of a dead sea turtle.
Due to an oversight, the fishermen
in question left the scene with the
turtle. This is not procedure and will
not be allowed to happen again in
New improved sign for Zeelandia Beach
A new sign has been erected at Zee-
landia to better inform the public
about the importance of that beach
as a nesting area for the endangered
turtles that return to Statia to lay
The sign gives some information on
the three types of sea turtles that
nest on Zeelandia, greens, hawksbills
and leatherbacks. A map gives details
on other nesting beaches on Statia.
The sign also provides a brief over-
view of the sea turtle monitoring pro-
gram, regulations regarding nesting
sea turtles and their nesting habitat
and tips on what to do when you
encounter a nesting female.
The sign is printed on UV-resistant
fibre glass and should not deterio-
rate as fast as previous ones that
were drawn on wood.
STENAPA would like to thank the
staff and interns for their hard work
in designing the sign and construct-
ing the frame
This is a part of the National Parks
Foundation's continuing campaign
to educate the public and visitors in
all matters relating to conservation.
For more information on the turtle
program or perhaps tojoin a turtle
patrol please visit or call the office.
Everyone is welcome.
NewZee/andia beach sign fundedby Stichting Doen in the Netherlands
Stenapa Rangers Baby Whale Spotted
Junior Rangers receiving certificates
On Wednesday May 30th, six Junior
Rangers aged completed their envi-
ronmental after-school program or-
ganized by Stenapa. The group cele-
brated by having a barbecue at the
Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden.
The programme was a great success
and Stenapa is planning a follow-up
with a Junior Rangers 2 club starting
later this year. Any children wishing
to become a Junior Ranger should
be aged 10+ and able to swim 50m.
The next Junior Rangers Club will
begin in September 2007.
The successful students were: Lee
Marion, Rashel Courtar, Charvella
Wilson, Matthijs de Bruin, Raichelon
Every and Monique Martis. They
were taught by National Park
Ranger Hannah Leslie, who was as-
sisted by other staff members work-
ing in areas such as the Marine Park
and Botanical Garden, and by interns
Elsie Riley, Liz Hartel, Lauren Maloney
and Emily Gregus.
The program began in September
2006 and lessons took place every
Wednesday afternoon. Students
gained an insight into the work car-
ried out to protect nature on Statia,
such as working at the Botanical Gar-
den, coral reef ecology, cleaning
mooring lines, turtle conservation,
beach clean-ups, trail maintenance,
making stone walls, plant identifica-
tion, rainforest ecology, animal wel-
fare and much more. The lessons
were also interspersed with fun ac-
tivities such as BBO's, hiking, snorkel-
ing, painting, boat rides and watch-
ing educational DVDs.
STENAPA is proud to announce that
three of our rangers have success-
fully completed the "Hands on Tour-
ist Guiding" course.
This course given by the World Fed-
eration Tourist Guides Association
was held at the Golden Era Hotel
from February 26th to March 5th
2007. The course included many
practical exercises such as tours
around the island where participants
had to actually act as guides for their
As well as practicing speech tech-
niques, the rangers had plenty of
homework to do, such as learning by
heart most of the history of St. Eusta-
All three rangers, Nadio Spanner,
Hannah Leslie and Carlton van Put-
ten received their certificates.
Since all three are called upon to give
guided tours during the course of
their work, it is a welcome upgrade.
Thank you to the St. Eustatius Tour-
ism Foundation which organized
and largely funded the course.
Several persons have reported seeing
a baby whale in the waters around
Statia. These reports have been com-
ing in for about two weeks. A baby
whale can gain up to 100 pounds (or
more) a day by feeding on its
Two large whales were spotted in
front of the Charles Brown so lets
hope mother and child will soon be
reunited and the story ends on a
Pass by the Visitor Center at
Gallows Bay any weekday
from 7:00am 5:00pm
Prices from FIs 5,- to FIs 50,-
Open during the lunchtime !!
First Trees Planted in New Fruit Garden
Since January of this year, ranger
Carlton van Putten has been working
hard along with two interns, Lauren
Maloney and Lawrence Cook and
different groups of volunteers on
Phase II of the Miriam C. Schmidt Bo-
Phase II consists of two new areas; a
Fruit Garden and a Children's Gar-
den. This month landscaping plans
were approved and the first trees in
the Fruit Garden were planted.
In the photo, Carlton can be seen
standing in front of a Maubi tree.
The idea in this garden is that, as
much as possible, local fruit trees that
reflect the culture and history of the
island will be planted.
As everyone knows, there are fewer
and fewer fruit trees growing in the
wild here thanks to roaming animals
and the invasive vine Corallita that
tends to strangle the trees that they
The general public is welcome to
come out to the Gardens and have a
St Eustatius: National and Marine
Parks and Botanical Gardens
STENAPA is an environmental not-for-profit foundation on St Eustatius
and was established in 1988. The objectives of STENAPA are to upkeep
the natural environment, to preserve and protect endangered or en-
demic species (flora and fauna) and to educate the community about the
importance of the protection of the natural environment.
Areas of responsibility include management of the marine park, the na-
tional parks and the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical Gardens. STENAPA is
legally delegated by the Island Council to manage these protected areas.
National Parks Office
St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles
Next edition of STENAPA Update available soon with articles on:
* Turtle programme update
* STENAPA Summer Club stories
* Latest changes on our trail network
* The new Marine Park Management Plan
* 10 year anniversary of Statia Marine Park
Check our web site for previous editions of this quarterly newsletter!
Statia Morning Glory...Rarest plant in the kingdom!!
plants remain undamaged.
The National Park ranger, Hannah
Leslie, recently did a survey with the
help of an intern and surveyed a total
of 16 plants. 10 on Terminal property
and six in the Boven National Park
where they are automatically pro-
The rarest plant in the entire king-
dom of the Netherlands can be
found on St. Eustatius.
Our very own "Statia Morning Glory"
was recently highlighted in the
Dutch nature magazine Grasduinen.
The Statia Morning Glory is a vine
that carries lilac colored flowers and
is endemic, meaning that it can only
be found on this island.
It was thought that the plant had
become extinct but was spotted
again in 1994 on the grounds of the
Statia Oil Terminal property.
The National Parks Foundation is
working together with Statia Oil Ter-
minal to ensure that these precious
Mr. Ishmael Berkel has also success-
fully cultivated the vine on his prop-
erty at Lynch Plantation.
Boven National Park will continue to
be inspected closely for the presence
of more Morning Gloriy plants.
At the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical
Garden, intern, Lauren Maloney has
also managed to successfully propa-
gate the vine.
At the moment we have young
Statia Morning Glory plants growing
in various stages from seedlings to
specimens up to a foot high. We look
forward to the day when they can be
Of course, the Statia Morning Glory
will get a special spot in the Garden
as it has now become some what
Car/ton van Putten and the Botanical Garden
interns, Lauren and Lawrence, proudly dis-
playing Morning Glory Plants.