Tag: Fred Burton

Feral cats create crisis for local birds and reptiles

Feral cats create crisis for local birds and reptiles

| 21/09/2021 | 95 Comments

(CNS): Experts at the Department of Environment who focus on Cayman’s unique and rare birds and reptiles are increasingly concerned about the danger posed to many species across all three islands from feral cats. The threat to the endemic rock iguana on Little Cayman has been well documented but these animals are also a critical […]

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Plan rolled out for ‘blues’ precarious future

Plan rolled out for ‘blues’ precarious future

| 04/08/2021 | 2 Comments

(CNS): The Blue Iguana Conservation programme has launched a Strategic Species Action Plan for the next five years, which outlines the objectives to help conserve Grand Cayman’s iconic blue iguana. Although the species has been brought back from the brink of extinction, its future remains precarious as the original threats that almost killed off this […]

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Iconic blues get their own international day

Iconic blues get their own international day

| 18/05/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The endangered blue iguanas now have their own annual international day, even though they exist in the wild only in the Cayman Islands. The bid to put this iconic reptile on the world stage follows international efforts over the years that have contributed toward bringing this species back from the brink of extinction. The […]

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Plan afoot to save extremely rare plant

Plan afoot to save extremely rare plant

| 21/08/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The critically endangered Aegiphila caymanensis is a woody, clambering shrub with soft, downy leaves that is unique to Grand Cayman and so rare that it has no common name and until recently was believed to be growing only in two places on the island. The National Conservation Council has drafted a species conservation plan […]

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Expert issues warning about rock iguanas

Expert issues warning about rock iguanas

| 03/03/2020 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Fred Burton, manager of the Department of Environment Terrestrial Resources Unit who was fundamental in bringing Grand Cayman’s endemic blue iguana back from the brink of extinction, is warning that the Cayman Islands needs to act now to save the Sister Islands rock iguana on Little Cayman before it, too, faces extinction. A recent […]

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One million greens bite the dust

One million greens bite the dust

| 24/10/2019 | 48 Comments

(CNS): Cullers, who have been working for just under twelve months to control what was a serious risk to Cayman’s natural environment from the invasive green iguanas, reached an important milestone Thursday, when the millionth animal was killed. Fred Burton, the head of the Department of Environment Terrestrial Resources Unit, said the landmark was a […]

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Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

| 09/09/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): With 885,383 green iguanas in the proverbial bag, the army of local cullers are now racing to keep pace with the invasive reptile’s breeding season. After a drop in the numbers culled during July and August, the Department of Environment is keen to ensure the cull remains on track now that the animals are […]

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DoE to address pet parrot problem

DoE to address pet parrot problem

| 29/08/2019 | 32 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment (DoE) is giving people who are keeping Cayman’s national bird as a pet the chance to regularise that ownership before they begin a clampdown on the poaching of local parrots. A six-month amnesty will start next month, during which people who have pet parrots can register them. But after that, […]

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DoE starts green iguana count

DoE starts green iguana count

| 02/08/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The Terrestrial Resources Unit at the Department of Environment will be starting its annual green iguana count this month. And with more than 830,000 culled over the last nine months, researchers are hoping the population will be much lower than the 1.3 million estimated last August. Cullers made massive strides in denting the population […]

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Over 700,000 greens now culled

Over 700,000 greens now culled

| 17/06/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The nationwide culling programme to control the explosion in the invasive green iguana population is back on target after 100,000 corpses were taken to the dump in May, and at the half-way mark this month another 53,000 had been culled. Between the beginning of the cull last October and the end of last week […]

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500,000 iguanas culled but more hands needed

500,000 iguanas culled but more hands needed

| 30/03/2019 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Although the current team of cullers bagged more than half a million invasive green iguanas in the first six months of the island-wide operation, the Department of Environment is calling on more people to train and register in order to make sure there is not an explosion in the population as the breeding season […]

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