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Lagoon Clean Up

Categories: Environment | Nature

Save The Turtles- Clean up the Lagoon on kayaks with VI Ecotours Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 9am HELP SAVE THE SEA TURTLES! Volunteers are needed to help remove plastic bags from the mangrove trees in the lagoon. Please join us Sunday morning for a clean up. Bring a friend or be partnered with another […]

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Virgin Islands Critters – Snakes & Spiders

Categories: Nature

Over the years we have received an assortment of questions, usually about beaches, things to do and where to stay.  One of the popular questions that is outside the trip planning box is whether there are any creepy crawly things. So for today’s blog we caught up with Dr. Renata Platenberg, Reptile Ecologist and an […]

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Magens Bay Trail, St. Thomas

Magens Bay Watershed Preserve

Categories: Nature | St. Thomas Blog Stories

Magens Bay, part of a public park located on the north side of St. Thomas, is well known to both residents and visitors. In fact it is the most popular beach on the island. The majority of beach goers head to Magens Bay to enjoy the beautiful long stretch of white sand and the calm […]

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Kayaking with V.I. Ecotours at the Mangrove Lagoon

Categories: Nature | St. Thomas Blog Stories

The Cas Cay/Mangrove Lagoon Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the south side of St. Thomas. It is an area of exceptional natural beauty, where mangrove trees provide homes for an assortment of animal life both above and beneath the waterline. It had been more than a decade since I had explored the […]

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Mongoose

Mongooses, Mongeese, Mongoose-Dem!

Categories: Nature

Mongoose is a name for a large number of small, carnivorous mammals of the civet family. They are originally from Asia and Africa, but were brought to the Virgin Islands in the 1800’s as a method for controlling rat populations on sugar plantations. The mongoose adapted very well and are now common. The mongoose species […]

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Ginger Thomas

Flowers of the Virgin Islands

Categories: Nature

Flora in the USVI is quite memorable. You will find bright yellows, pinks, reds, purples, oranges… truly a rainbow of colors that bloom from various flowering bushes and trees. The easiest place to view the array of flora common to the USVI is along road sides and in West Indian gardens at hotels and private […]

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Sea Turtle

Endangered Animals of the Virgin Islands

Categories: Nature

Most Virgin Islands enthusiast whether residents or visitors can name at least a few animals that are commonly found in the islands. Perhaps mongoose, lizards, deer might come to mind; definitely the iguana does for most people. But what about owls, bats or tree boas- yes snakes; would they come to mind? Probably not and […]

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