The Grand Bahama Regional Branch is the first regional branch within the Bahamas National Trust. It was established in the early 1980s to facilitate the Trust’s expanding presence on Grand Bahama. The Grand Bahama Regional Branch has played many critical roles over the years from helping with the day to day management of the three, heavily-used national parks on Grand Bahama to spearheading special projects and fundraising drives.
Efforts are underway to create Regional Branches in Great Exuma , Long Island, Cat Island and South and Central Andros. For more information contact the Bahamas National Trust (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Standing and Advisory Committees
The longest standing and most active committee within the organization, this committee has a track record of spearheading and contributing to critical work involving wildlife, endangered species and much more. The Wildlife Committee provides oversight and coordination among several specialty groups including the Ornithology, Game Birds, Native Flora and Marine Groups.
The Retreat Committee
A dedicated group of Trust members and friends oversee the care and maintenance of The Retreat Garden National Park. The committee oversees the care of the specialty palm collection, special horticultural features, infrastructural projects and the Trust’s nursery. A sub-committee of the group also spearheads the annual Christmas Jollification, whose proceeds support the garden.
Science Advisory Committee
This is a multi-disciplined network of scientists and experts whose knowledge, experience and interest in the Bahamian environment and its natural resources will provide immeasurable contributions to the work of the Trust. The purpose is to advise the Council of the Bahamas National Trust on science related matters.
The Gamebird Group is concerned with the research and monitoring of those species of birds which are hunted in The Bahamas, principally the White-crowned Pigeon and the migratory duck population. The Committee has actively coordinated a census and banding program for White – crowned Pigeons for the past 20 years and has actively supported Hunter education and outreach in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and Housing.
New Providence Bird Club
The New Providence Bird Club ( formerly the Ornithology Group) functions under the Wildlife Committee and has been active since 1994. It offers seasonal monthly field trips on New Providence and during spring and fall field trips are often arranged to other islands. Members also participate in Christmas Bird Counts each year on New Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Andros.
The group is also involved in scientific studies of wintering migrants with emphasis on the Kirtland’s Warbler, the Important Bird Areas programme of Bird Life International, International Waterbirds Census; Caribbean Endemic Bird Day and International Migratory Bird Day.
The Events Committee works directly with the Development Department to provide support for fundraising events as well as developing new events to support the work of the BNT.