Is it an eel? Is it a snake? No, it’s a zangee!

One of the weird and wonderful fish that we frequently encounter during BioTIME fieldwork is the eel-like ‘zangee’. Many Trinidadians are terrified of this mysterious creature which is referred to as a ‘water snake’ and rumoured to suck on your toes if you walk in the stream at night. We decided it was time to … Read more

Last Sampling Day

An especially cheerful BioTIME Trinidad fieldwork team having just completed the final survey of the session, at the beautiful Acono river. This session has coincided with the dry season, and water levels have been noticeably lower. Seasonal differences such as this can also affect patterns of biodiversity over time, which is the focus of the … Read more

Introducing the Guppy…

Introducing the Guppy… Amy Deacon Earlier this year, I was invited to give a lecture at the monthly meeting of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club. This excellent organisation was founded in 1891, and organises weekly hikes and specialist field trips for its members, who encompass a wide range of ages and backgrounds, united … Read more

‘Avatar’ Debate

Royal Society of Edinburgh ‘Avatar’ debate for school students in March 2011. ‘Should all living species be preserved’ Released in 2009, James Cameron’s fantasy narrative hinted at a great many environmental issues including the conservation of indigenous peoples and the planet’s biodiversity. Combined with the movie’s popularity amongst people of all ages, the film is … Read more

Trinidad’s First ‘BioBlitz’

During a BioBlitz, scientists, naturalists and volunteers take part in a 24hr period of intense surveying of a particular area with the aim of estimating the number of species present, while educating and enthusing the public about their local biodiversity. One weekend in November 2012, led by Mike Rutherford of the University of the West … Read more

Zoology inspiring Art

By Amy Deacon, founder of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists’ Club Art Group As the hybrid offspring of an artist and a biologist, combining painting and the natural world has always seemed quite an obvious thing to do. The attendance register from the inaugural outing of the Trinidad and Tobago Field Naturalists Club Art … Read more