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A new nature park has opened on the Dutch side – The St.
Maarten Bird Park. It is on Bishop Hill
Road, near the b order of the French Side in Lower Prince’s Quarter. The street is directly opposite McDonald’s on
the roundabout. Drive about 100 feet and
it is on the right.
The park is all new and has not only birds but a collection
of tropical plants and an island history room.
The tour includes all three and is well guided for only $10. Emphasis is on the medicinal plants and their
natural healing qualities.
The birds are on the smaller parrot species – conures, Senegals
and the like, with about 100 in the free flight aviary. They give you a cup of seeds and the birds
land on it and give you a close look as they feed. They are not aggressive, except to nudge each
other to dip into the seeds.
There is also a children’s play area and a snack bar with
beer and other beverages. It is a great
visit for an hour or two.