ST. JOHN — Thirty-three people took part in the annual Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 19, and though that number was down from 45 volunteers in 2020, the citizen scientists recorded 61 bird species on the island, an increase from last year’s count of 57 species.

Train your eyes on almost any green hillside on St. John, and as you start to pick out individual plants, you’ll no doubt see the Virgin Islands’ only native palm, the tyre palm. Easily recognizable for its starburst-shaped leaves, the tyre palm — whose scientific name is coccothrinax alta —…

Seven Seas Water gifted My Brother’s Workshop with a donation of $1,600 last week. Since 2012, the company has donated $21,750 to the nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope, faith and purpose to at-risk and high-risk young people in the Virgin Islands by offering a wide range of …

Winners of the British Virgin Islands’ “A Day with the Governor” climate change competition have been announced. Alexa Hodge and Hanan Bazaz of Elmore Stoutt High School, Ashleigh Hearne of Cedar International School’ and Sarah Ramdatt from St. George’s Secondary School have been selected as…

About 60 runners will rise early this Sunday morning to participate in the fifth official St. John Trail Race, a 13.6-mile half marathon with an elevation gain of 2,772 feet. The event debuted in 2016, but skipped 2018 due to hurricane recovery and 2021 due to the pandemic. In previous years…

King Mokojumbie Yisrael Productions will present the second annual Valentine’s Day car, bicycle, motorcycle, and set show Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Susannaberg drive-in movie theater. There will be long wheelies and a burnout competition as well as a bounce house and performances …

Coral Bay will host a community yard sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis Event Center. Register with the Coral Bay Community Council to have your own table, or donate items to be sold at CBCC’s table. Craft and food vendors are also welcome. Email cbccstuffdepot@…

Rhyme & Lime’s monthly poetry night is set for Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at Bajo El Sol Art Gallery in Mongoose Junction. To sign up to present at the event, message Rhyme & Lime STJ on Facebook or email rhymeandlime@gmail.com. Presenters can read original poetry or works by other poets. A l…

Natasha Ruscheinski, founder of PAW BVI (Promoting Animal Welfare), is the BVI’s latest recipient of the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year 2022 Honors List for her contributions to animal welfare.

The Coral Bay Community Council is launching two projects to reduce the chance of future landslides and road undercutting and make repairs to Ironwood Road, damaged during the 2017 hurricane season.

After a year of waived dues and having held just one virtual membership meeting since the pandemic began, the donation of a three-acre parcel of land on St. John’s East End has breathed new life into the St. John Historical Society.

The USVI Chess Federation has announced a return to “over the board” chess tournaments held at Education Connections VI in La Grande Princesse, St. Croix. Two round robin chess tournaments were conducted over the weekend of Dec. 18 and 19.

The St. Thomas Lodge 9679, with the help of the Human Services Department’s Division of Children and Family Services, decided to organize a day of play, Santa and gifts for more than 40 children who are in the foster care system.

In keeping with their December theme focused on “world perspective,” the St. Croix nonprofit Project Promise’s flagship Caterpillar Project once again sent some Christmas joy to Africa through its “Toys for Tanzania” initiative as part of its community service outreach.

More than four years after the Cruz Bay playground was damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria, reconstruction plans may finally be coming to fruition thanks in part to a generous donation toward the project. Dr. Steven Paul and his wife, Jann, gave $350,000 to the Friends of Virgin Islands Nat…

With waters regulated by various entities including the Virgin Islands National Park and the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, boating around St. John can be confusing for those unfamiliar with the territory. Issues caused by inexperienced boaters have become glaringly obvious si…

Lovango Cay is a hive of activity this week as workers ready the property for two very important dates — Monday’s reopening of Lovango Beach Club and the Christmas Day debut of the resort’s glamping tents and luxury treehouses. It’s a deadline that cannot be missed, as Lovango’s five tents a…

The Coral Bay Community Council announced a series of educational programs and events aimed at promoting waste reduction through effective reduce, reuse, repurpose, compost, and recycling practices for Coral Bay and St. John.

Humane Society raffle

The award-winning short film “Fireburn the Documentary” will be shown this weekend on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas, followed by a panel discussion with some of the film participants.

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St. John Rescue marked its 25th anniversary Monday, and the nonprofit organization will celebrate from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 9 at the St. John Rescue headquarters on Gifft Hill. The event will be catered by Shaibu, and everyone is welcome to see the new headquarters and to chat with the volunteers.

Bajo El Sol Gallery will host a book signing, discussion, and question and answer session with Virgin Islands scholar and author Tami Navarro at 4 p.m., Dec. 11. Navarro will be presenting her newly published book, “Virgin Capital: Race, Gender, and Financialization in the U.S. Virgin Island…

Winds were light but generosity was big at the 40th annual Thanksgiving Regatta hosted by the Coral Bay Yacht Club on Saturday. Ten boats competed in two classes. An 82-foot sloop named White Rhino won the big boat class, followed by Wizard and Windsong, while Cigana won the regular boat cla…

Today, Bahá’ís in the Virgin Islands will observe the 100th anniversary of the death of Abdu’l-Bahá, a central figure of the Bahai faith and son of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.

The St. John Historical Society will resume its monthly membership meetings Nov. 23 with a discussion with Dr. Carlyle G. Corbin on the territory’s political status and the implications for the U.S. Virgin Islands’ position as an organized but unincorporated territory of the United States.

The Animal Care Center of St. John is raffling off an 11-by-16-inch oil on canvas painting by frequent St. John visitor Terry Shea.

Friends of Virgin Islands National Park’s fifth annual Villas for the Park auction will launch Friday. Interested bidders can visit https://friendsvinp.org/villas-for-the-park/ to view the villa stays up for grabs, and to register for the auction. All proceeds raised will help the Friends pr…

The University of the Virgin Islands Center for Excellence in Leadership and Learning (UVI CELL) has announced the addition of local chef and educator Kerish Robles as program manager for UVI CELL’s new culinary arts program.

Seven Seas Water Corp. on St. Thomas has donated $2,500 to Community Action NOW!, a nonprofit group dedicated to providing underserved communities with resources to combat poverty, for improvements in technology at the Romeo Malone Community Center in Savan.