Haviser’s heritage salt presentation steals the show at Migratory Bird FestivalPOSTED: 10/20/15 1:27 PM
On the Festival’s popular Heritage Salt Walk, Dr. Jay Haviser points out salt pan walls in the Great Salt Pond. Photo by Mark Yokoyama.
St. Maarten – Over 200 people came out to celebrate St. Martin’s spectacular migratory birds at the 2015 Migratory Bird Festival, on Saturday at the University of St. Martin on Pond Island. The Migratory Bird Festival is a free, annual public Wildlife Discovery Event created by Les Fruits de Mer for residents and visitors to see and learn about the island’s many migratory species and their extraordinary journeys.
One of the highlights of the event was the Heritage Salt Presentation and Walk led by Dr. Jay Haviser, Director of the St. Maarten Archaeological Center (Simarc). Attendees flocked to the standing-room-only presentation about the history and cultural heritage of salt on St. Martin, followed by a walking tour of the salt pans and other historic structures visible in the Great Salt Pond, one of the island’s most important heritage sites and bird habitats. An exhibition panel about salt production and history was also on view at the event.