Jicaro Island Ecolodge recently helped some enterprising young people raise funds for a great water-based sports activity. It all started when we were contacted by Christina Bax, a senior and captain of the crew team at the National Cathedral School, an all-girls school in Washington D.C. which was last year's Virginia state champion in girls' rowing. Christina had read about Jicaro in Conde Naste Traveler’s top new hotels of 2010 and was drawn in by the story of how the lodge was created. “Even though we are a fairly small school that competes against much larger schools, we are relatively successful,” she wrote. “We are a club sport and are not supported financially by our school.” Christina and her teammates set out “to raise funds to buy rowing equipment and establish a financial aid fund, so that no student is prevented from participating because of lack of money.” Jicaro Island Ecolodge donated a gift certificate for a two-night stay for two in a private casita to be auctioned off by the rowing team during an online auction. Christina told us that “in the final minutes of the auction, the Jicaro Island Ecolodge stay was a hotly contested item with several bidders.” The winner of the auction item was Mr. Daniel Lieberson, who will be coming to Jicaro in the next few months. “I really very much appreciated your help with our auction and hope that I will be able to visit Nicaragua in the not-too-far future,” said Christina. The first photo here was taken just after the National Cathedral School won the silver medal at the Virginia State Championships. The second picture is Christina Bax (front) and her pair partner, Blair Kania (back) congratulating each other.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
To demonstrate its commitment to the environment and the local community, Jicaro Island Ecolodge, with support from owner Karen Emanuel, set up a small recycling area at the port town Puerto Asese, where the Jicaro office is located. This will encourage and teach local people to separate trash, cultivating the importance of not littering, which has long been a serious issue in Nicaragua.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Another wonderful night and up at dawn to take in the last hours of the week end getaway… We set off on a prearranged fishing trip to Zapatera Island, with our picnic breakfast (we left at 5 am) and staff was available to make sure we got off to a good start. We were not successful at fishing but we were successful at enjoying each other and the friendly team that looked after us and made us feel like we never wanted to leave. This weekend reminded me that life is good and blessings abound. Thank you Jicaro for making this happen!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
A few days ago at Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a little yellow bird fell out of the nest and sat on a rock next to reception. We protected him for two days and then he took off flying. His or her mother and father kept feeding him or her for the whole time. The baby was a Great Kiskadee, a member of the flycatcher family, all of which are referred to in Spanish as pecho amarillo, or “yellow breast.” It is a very common bird in pacific lowlands of Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
Kisdadees are quite omnivorous for a flycatcher, eating fruit as well as insects, earthworms, spiders, and sometimes lizards and mice. They also eat fish and so are often found near water. Nesting season is about February to June, and Kiskadees usually build a loose dangling ball of fibers and straw on acacia trees or other tall trees. On our island, they build their nests on trees called Gumbo-Limbo or bursera simaruba. Sometimes the Great Kiskadee can be confused with the Social Flycatcher or Boat-billed Flycatcher, but the Great Kiskadee is bigger and can be easily identified by its call: KISS-KA-DEE!