Levy Preserve Recognized for Ecological Restoration Work

The Levy Preserve is now a member institution of the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens (ERA), an international consortium of botanic gardens actively engaged in ecological restoration. Our conservation work in the area of Caribbean Dry Forest Restoration in The Bahamas fulfilled the requirements and we join a growing number of botanic gardens and […]

Summer Camp Focuses on Sustainability

The Preserve welcomed thirteen active campers for its annual week-long Summer Safari. This year’s theme was Sustainability and Conservation, and Education Officer Courtney Kemp gave the group five fun-filled days of learning and exploration. They began with a tour of the Levy Preserve and a lesson on national parks and their contributions to conservation. The […]

World Ocean’s Day Partnership at Sky Beach

In June, the Levy Preserve supported Bahamas Plastic Movement in its World Ocean’s Day beach cleanup. Dozens of students, residents and partner organizations canvassed a mile of Sky Beach collecting all sorts of plastics. Within 30 minutes, over 2,000 pieces of plastic had been collected including fishing ropes and nets, hundreds of plastic fragments, flip […]

Thoughts on the Internship: Latesha Gibson

HOW HAS YOUR COLLEGE TRAINING ASSISTED YOU I completed courses in Plant Form and Systematics, and Plant Physiology which gave me a foundational understanding and keen eye for botanical observation. For my research project Plant Ecophysiology influenced my interest the most by helping me understand a range of physiological specialisations displayed by highly evolved plants […]

Thoughts on the Internship: Hydie Knowles

HOW HAS YOUR COLLEGE TRAINING ASSISTED YOU I completed a literature review for a research class which required creating a report (Abstract, Background, Methodology, Results, Discussion and Conclusion) and I acquired fieldwork experience through Shedd Aquarium, Archie Carr and Shark Lab internships. BOTANICAL HIGHLIGHTS The first few weeks were new and challenging but I soon […]

Vascular Plant Redlisting Workshop in Cuba

Delegates in front of Dendrocerus nudifloris (Cuban endemic and member of the cactus family). The species is listed as Endangered.   Conservationists from across the northern Caribbean region met in Havana in April for a 5-day Redlisting working session focused on species shared between Cuba and neighboring countries. This session followed last November’s Redlisting training […]

Levy Preserve Now an Accredited Botanic Garden!

In April 2019 the Leon Levy Preserve became the first institution in The Bahamas to be designated a BGCI accredited botanic garden. Issued by Botanic Gardens Conservation International this tier of accreditation recognizes institutions for their achievements in plant conservation. Criteria for accreditation included documented collections, public access and education programs, research capacity and a […]