The bird watching hut on the shoreline of Belair Pond is in dire need of repair. Environmental Protection In the Caribbean (EPIC) Foundation seeks the help of birdwatchers and the public alike to effect repairs on the publicly accessible hut.
EPIC also plans to organize a habitat cleanup combined with an educational endemic bird festival to highlight the need to safeguard nature and showcase the more than 20 bird species that frequent or call the pond home.
Avid birder and bird watching guide Binkie van Es said: “Research recently showed that seeing 20 or more bird species gives you the same amount of happiness as US $500 dollar.” That’s the minimum amount EPIC seeks to raise to fix the hut’s ramp railing, minimally trim back mangroves for better birdwatching and to get equipment for the planned cleanup. The latter activity will take place in May.