Reef and Fishery Assessment of Navassa Island National Wildlife Refuge

On April 23, 2009 scientists from the NOAA's Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami Florida (SEFSC) departed from San Juan, Puerto Rico aboard the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Their destination: the Navassa National Wildlife Refuge. Along with the NOAA scientists are researchers from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (UM/RSMAS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the Director of the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine (FoProBiM), an NGO based in Haiti.
This work is funded by the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Baltimore Oriole joins the bird list

We are happy to report an unexpected addition to the bird list. On Sunday Mandy Karnauskas noticed a little orange and black bird circling our ship. Patricia Morrison quickly ran down to retrieve her binoculars and identified our little bird as a male Baltimore Oriole. The bird made a few circles around our ship then departed to the North. We are not sure if this was a local bird comming from a nearby island of one making his spring migration to North America from it's wintering grounds in South or Central America. We would like to think our bird is a long distant travler also we added the Red-Footed Boobie to our list.


  1. GO Orioles, beat the Rangers!!!

  2. Oh yeah Go Go Orioles ...i'm a big fan too,but they have to keep going .
    Just read about them here :