Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre unveils a neotropical migratory bird exhibit.
Rare bird carvings donated by Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in Barbados
The exhibit re-creates the sights and sounds of a tropical mangrove wetland. It features a rare collection of 22 life-size bird carvings by the Skeete family of carvers that was donated by the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary in Barbados.
This unique collection, the largest know group of its kind in the world, is ideally-suited to the new exhibit that shows familiar migratory birds from Canada sharing an exotic mangrove wetland with resident Caribbean birds. Visitors will be invited to follow Wally, the Yellow Warbler, on his annual migration from Oak Hammock Marsh to the south. Arriving at Wally’s destination, visitors will use a viewing blind, binoculars, and interpretive signs to search for Wally among the mangroves that he shares with a variety of herons, egrets, and other resident Caribbean birds.
The new exhibit complements the Interpretive Centre’s mission to support wetland conservation through education. The Centre has led wetland education workshops for teachers and tourism professionals in the Caribbean region since 1997 – as a first step toward wetland conservation. Mangrove swamps are disappearing at an alarming rate across the region. As these wetlands decline, so do the numbers of resident and migrant birds. Migrating birds ignore international borders. They need healthy and abundant wetlands in every country along their paths. Their future depends on international conservation.