Bahamas National Trust (BNT)

BirdLife Partner


Founded in: 1959
Members: 3000
Staff: 34
Address: PO Box 4105, Nassau, BS
Email: bnt@bnt.bs
Web: www.bnt.bs

Mission of the organisation

Vision:

  • A comprehensive system of national parks and protected areas with every Bahamian embracing environmental stewardship.

Mission:

  • To conserve and protect the natural resources of The Bahamas, through stewardship and education for present and future generations.

Core Values:

  • Passion for the environment and the conservation of Bahamian natural resources
  • Education of Bahamians and visitors as a key to long-term conservation success
  • Commitment to using best practices in protected area management
  • Respect for others as demonstrated through team work and partnerships
  • Integrity, transparency and accountability
  • Quality, consistent and dependable service to our constituents

Key Activities

  • Policies that aim to reconcile development with scientifically-based conservation principles
  • Conservation education with a focus on the development of materials and programs that complement school curricula and priorities of the BNT
  • BirdLife's IBA programme and the work of the Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds (SCSCB)
  • In particular, the SCSCB's West Indian Whilstling-duck Working Group (WIWDWG) is aiming to reverse the decline of this Vulnerable species and prevent further loss and degradation of Caribbean wetlands
  • The BNT's White-crowned Pigeon Working Group has monitored this species for more than 30 years in the islands
  • The BNT is a partner in the Kirtland's Warbler Training and Research Project on Eleuthera, mainly funded by the USDA Forest Service International Program and The Nature Conservancy's Migratory Bird Program. This followed the discovery of several Kirtland's Warblers on the islands by the BNT's ornithology group
  • Conservation programme for the Rose-throated Parrot Amazona leucocephala
  • The BNT is involved in the management of 25 national parks and protected areas, offering protection for vital habitats and bird species. These include:
  • Inagua National Park, home to the world's breeding colony of (around 50,000) Caribbean Flamingos Phoenicopterus ruber
  • The Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is managed through the Parks Partnership Project with The Nature Conservancy, supported by the Bacardi Family Foundation
  • Conception Island National Park: an important sanctuary for migratory birds and sea birds.
  • The Rand Nature Centre: 100 acres of pine forest habitat, an incredible wintering area for neotropical migrants.
  • Abaco National Park: 20,500 acre park in southern Abaco which includes 5,000 acres of forests, the major habitat of the Bahama Parrot
  • Tiloo Cay: 20 acre cay in Abaco which provides nesting for tropical birds, as well as other avian species

Recent Achievements

  • Produced a book and puppet show for children to highlight the plight of the vulnerable West Indian Whistling-duck. The show is now being used by several other Caribbean nations
  • Worked with the Ministry of Tourism to develop a fully accredited birding tour-guide course, in recognition of the growing importance of ecotourism to the economy
  • Assistance through BirdLife's IBA programme is helping the BNT at the recently created Harold and Wilson's Ponds National Park, a wetland home to more than 100 bird species in central New Providence
  • Takes part in the annual Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival. The month-long celebration (22 April - 22 May) was held for the first time in 2002