St Martin Wildlife & Marine Life – Sint Maarten
A brief introduction to St Martin wildlife & Sint Maarten wildlife
St Martin wildlife and Sint Maarten wildlife is mainly all about birding, birdwatching, although numbers of Hawksbill and Green Sea turtles have increased in recent years with an occasional Loggerhead showing its face.
Where to go birdwatching in St Martin – Sint Maarten
Birdwatching enthusiasts should search out the mangroves, wetlands and rocky islets on this French-Dutch dual nation Caribbean island of St Martin / Sint Maarten – they are favourite winter stop-over spots for migrant birds and present good birding opportunities. Surrounding the entire Dutch side of the island (from Oyster Pond to Cupecoy Bay) is the Sint Maarten Marine Park, while much of the French north of the island is a protected nature reserve called the Réserve Naturelle de St-Martin which covers over 7,400 acres/3,000 hectares of sea and 370 acres/150 hectares of land.
Birds in St Martin – Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten has recorded over 100 different species of birds (around 40 breeding resident species), the majority being water birds. Masses of brown pelicans fish at Simpson Bay Lagoon and Little Bay Pond as well as outer Simpson Bay and Great Bay. Pelican Rock is an important bird area (as noted by Bird Life International) for both migratory birds and resident birds. To find out more about birds in the Caribbean region generally, go to the Caribbean Birdwatching & Birds page in the Caribbean Leisure Activities section.
Other wildlife in St Martin – Sint Maarten
Eight species of bats have been spotted on St Martin, the only native mammal. There are also mongooses and raccoons on the island as well as iguanas, geckos, tortoises, sea turtles, a variety of lizards and different types of tree frogs. Humming birds, dragon flies, butterflies and moths can be seen in the vegetation on Sentry Hill and St Peter’s Hill.
St Martin – Sint Maarten marine life
Around Sint Maarten’s reefs is a wide variety of tropical fish and, in recent yeears, the island has seen an increase in the numbers of Green Sea and Hawksbill Turtles: occasionally a Loggerhead can be spotted.
Caribbean wildlife books
If Caribbean wildlife in general, as well as St Martin wildlife and St Maarten wildlife, is of interest to you, you will probably enjoy our Caribbean Book Reviews section as we have reviewed several Caribbean wildlife books.
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