Netwatch: Caribbean Summer

What's happening in the Caribbean on the net.

Last captive Sisserou held in the aviary of the Botanical Gardens, Roseau. Photograph by Paul Reillo/RSCF

Saving the Sisserou

Dominica's Sisserou seems to a relic from an earlier time: it doesn't quite look, or behave, like the parrots people in the Caribbean often see squawking across the sky on evenings - and, unlike its cousins, the Sisserou is endangered. But the Sisserou has some good friends who have found a way to help save this remarkable bird. Peter Rickwood explains.

Gros Piton from the summit of Petit Piton. Photograph by Chris Huxley

Peak conditions: taking on the Caribbean’s mountain ranges

The Caribbean is a region of hills and mountains, not just beaches and bays. Maria Sebastian tackles the double challenge of St Lucia’s Pitons, and Janelle Chanona braves the rigours of Belize’s Victoria Peak. Plus vertical adventures in Cuba, Guyana, Dominica, and Trinidad.

The grey waters of Dominica’s Boiling Lake are heated by an underground chamber of magma. Photograph by Images Dominica

What lies beneath: geothermal energy in Dominica

Dominica, the Antilles’ youngest island, is shaped by awesome volcanic forces beneath its surface — the key to an ambitious and sometimes controversia.

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (September/October 2013)

Discover a new crop of Jamaican artists, experience J’Ouvert Brooklyn style, and jam to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival.

Thirty-three frogs bred in captivity were released in Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills. Photograph courtesy the Mountain Chicken Recovery Project

Dominica’s great frog rescue

When a deadly fungus threatened to wipe out the Mountain Chicken in Dominica, researchers came up with a daring rescue plan.

One of the gentler inclines on the Waitukubuli National Trail. Photograph by Images Dominica

Up hill and down dale: Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail

Simon Walsh explores Dominica’s Waitukubali National Trail ­— a fourteen-day hike from tip to tip of the hilly “Nature Island” .

Bookshelf (May/June 2000)

Bookshelf (May/June 2000)

New and recent books about the Caribbean.

Unterrified consciousness

Unterrified consciousness

Jane Bryce on It Falls into Place, by Phyllis Shand Allfrey .

Lennox Honychurch at the Cabrits overlooking his home town of Portsmouth. Photograph courtesy Lennox Honychurch

Lennox Honychurch: icon of the island

Writer, artist, activist, MP, champion of the First People: Raymond Ramcharitar sums up Dominica’s Lennox Honychurch.