Winsome, Donita and Sandra continue walking through the park until they approach a fenced in area. The sign states, Parrot Conservation and Research Centre Botanical Gardens.
Donita: This is what I really wanted to see!
(Continues reading.) Dedicated to preserving
Sandra: She is a real bird lover. You should see
all the birdhouses and birdbaths Donita has in
Winsome: Let's go inside then. (They enter through
the gate.) Here you will find many beautiful and
interesting birds. Donita, if you name a bird
you might be able to find it here.
Donita: The Mountain Dove?
Winsome: Yes, it is here.
Donita: I'm sure you don't have Chicken Hawks in
this beautiful place.
Winsome: Yes, it is here, also. Look over there.
(She points to a bird sitting in tree.)
Sandra: Why are some of the birds caged while
others are flying about?
Winsome: Good question! In the Gardens, you will
see the Sisserou Parrot, caged because this is
not its' natural habitat. By the way, this is
the national bird.
Donita: This is truly a Bird Watchers paradise!
Sandra: Can you recommend any books about the
Winsome: Yes, there is a very good one by James
Durand and Jim Baptiste, Dominica's Birds.
Donita: What's the most unusual bird you have
Winsome: That's a difficult question
There's the Sikye, who some people call the
Bananquit. Then there's the Green-throated
Carib, and the Carib Grackel, Or maybe the
There are just too many
to choose the most unusual.
Sandra: So do these birds actually stay here all
year? None of them migrate?
Winsome: Oh, yes, some of them do migrate. In
fact, some of these birds originally came from
Donita: Like which ones?
Winsome: There's the American Kestrel, the
Warbler, Barn Owl, the Sandpiper and others from
the migratory species. Even the Robin is not a
Sandra: Maybe once they got here, they didn't
want to leave. (Laughing)
Donita: I can understand that! The aroma of the
flowers, the perfect weather
What a wonderful
place to live! It is going to be difficult to
leave here and go back home.
Winsome: It is a beautiful place, but like
anywhere else, Dominica has had its' problems,
too. A hurricane came through here in 1979 and
in eight hours this beautiful garden and the
surrounding area were destroyed.
Sandra: How terrible! I'm very curious: how large
is the population? And how big is the island?
Winsome: Roseau has a little over 14,000 people.
Dominica is 30 miles long and Sixteen miles
wide. Since you are a teacher, you might like to
know that it is built on the ancient Kalinago
Indian village of Sairi. It is the oldest and
most important settlement on the island. (They
continue strolling through the Garden.)
Donita: I'd like to know more about the village.
Sandra: Me, too.
Winsome: I am happy to tell you more about it, but
first do you have any questions about this
section of the Garden?
Donita: Are there any wild animals here?
Winsome: (Laughing.) I don't think you would like
to meet the wild animals that our famous on our
Sandra: Why do you say that?
Donita: Are they dangerous?
Winsome: There are twelve species of bats, the
wild pig, the Agouti and the Opossum. And yes,
some of them can be dangerous.
Sandra: What is an agouti?
Winsome: It's a large rodent, about the size of a
rodent with stripes. Both the agouti and the
opossum are all over the island and are hunted
during the open season.
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