Recent NewsMicro Forests set to get bigger
Saturday, August 27, 2022
More microforests are set to appear around the island as a Bermuda Zoological Society project to plant more trees and shrubs continues to grow.
The BZS Awards Four Students Environmental Science Scholarships
Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Four Bermudian students have been awarded a combined $15,000 in educational funds as part of the Bermuda Zoological Society’s (BZS) annual BZS Steinhoff programme. Osei Agyapong, Imogen Peckett, Logan Soares and Naphisa Smith were selected for their academic achievements and their commitment to protecting the environment.
From Block Island to Montauk Through Sharks, Currents and Cramps
Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Lori King of Long Island finished a nearly 24-mile trip in 8 hours 39 minutes 45 seconds. Once her swim is certified, King will be recognized as the first person to complete the journey.
Hamilton Lions pump up the cash for local charities
Wednesday, July 06, 2022
Two charities reaped $11,000 each thanks to an enduring fundraiser by Hamilton Lions Club.
The proceeds from the club’s 53rd annual Gas-O-Rama and raffle draw were presented to Vision Bermuda and the Bermuda Zoological Society.
Aspen Plants First Red Mangroves on Trunk Island
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
On Friday 3rd June, employees from Aspen were excited to plant the first young red mangrove trees in their sponsored Coastal Red Mangrove Forest on Trunk Island – the Bermuda Zoological Society’s (BZS) ‘Living Classroom’.
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If you drove along South Shore in Warwick last Saturday morning you may have seen a large group of people planting at Warwick Playground. The Bermuda Zoological Society (BZS) was joined by their Junior Volunteers, members of the BZS Science Club, individuals from the Government of Bermuda’s Department of Parks, employees from the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo and corporate volunteers from RenaissanceRe and Aspen Re to plant the second plot for the BZS Micro Forest Project.
After the success of the pilot Micro Forest planting last November, RenaissanceRe pledged $25K to support furthering the project for the next three years, with other corporates now joining them in support – including Aspen Re and AEOLUS Capital Management Ltd and other anonymous donors.
Working with the Government of Bermuda’s Department of Parks and these dedicated corporate sponsors, the BZS aim to use the Miyawaki method of planting a dense native and endemic forest to expand the project across the island; fitting them into backyards, school playgrounds, roadsides, or public parks, so that they can quickly develop as natural forests, becoming maintenance-free after the first three years.
Micro Forests are meant to have a high plant density including some beneficial weeds. They are not meant to be a formal planting arrangement. The “unkept” wild look is purposeful to help shade out invasives seedlings and provide excellent habitat for bees and butterflies. Ultimately the native and endemics will thrive at their different canopy levels which will help crowd out invasives plants and reduce the need for maintenance over time .
The Bermuda Zoological Society is focused on educating future generations on the importance of climate change and encouraging them to become stewards of the natural world. While the Micro Forest Project will not solve the problem of climate change, the project is aligned with global carbon offsetting initiatives like the Trillion Trees organization and it is an innovative and effective habitat reforestation effort that is both sustainable and scalable.
To learn more about the BZS Micro Forest Project and the plans for expansion, please click the following link: Tiny Forests boosting biodiversity and fighting climate change.