Another good source of birding information is Rudy Powery of Rudy ' s
Travellers Tours (
345-949-3208, fax 345-949-1155). The president of
the Bird Club, Powery organizes birding tours around the island.
Each of these islands includes protected sanctuaries and good birding
sites. Little Cayman, home of the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the
Caribbean, is a favorite with serious birders. Guided walks are available
on Sundays. The island is also home to Patricia Bradley, author of Birds of
the Cayman Islands (see Booklist , page 243), considered the best source of
information on the islands' feathered residents.
Grand Cayman now offers an eco-tourism activity that is a favorite with
both children and adults: turtle releases. Offered by the Cayman Turtle
Farm in West Bay (see page 189), these annual events release tagged
green sea turtles at the public beach; occasionally, groups sponsor special
releases at other sites throughout the island.
National Trust Projects
Many of the conservation projects on the Cayman Islands have been
brought about due to the efforts of the National Trust. Founded 1987, the
trust is charged with conservation of lands, national features and subma-
rine areas of beauty, historic or environmental importance, and the protec-
tion of flora and fauna. The National Trust has committees representing
each of the eight districts on Grand Cayman and one for Little Cayman and
Cayman Brac. To meet its goals, the work of the trust includes several on-
The Land Reserves Program sets aside land for nature preserves
throughout the islands. These important facilities include the Mastic Re-
serve, Salina Reserve, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park and the Governor
Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary on Grand Cayman; the Brac Parrot Reserve
on Cayman Brac; and the Booby Pond Nature Reserve on Little Cayman.