Long time St. John residents may remember how Mongoose Junction got its name. There was once an area where dumpsters were located that first got the name “Mongoose Junction” because of the many mongooses that were attracted to it.
St. John has been plagued by mongooses ever since planters brought them from India to control the rats that were eating their sugar cane. It was a futile move that only caused more problems, being that rats hunt during the night and live in trees and mongoose hunt during the day and live on the ground. A problem for both tree nesting birds and ground fowl like chickens. The problem was so bad that in 1936, there was only one sign posted in all of St. John. It was nailed to the palm tree nearest the town dock in Cruz Bay, signed by the Government Secretary and embossed with the government seal, announcing a bounty, dead or alive, for mongooses: fifteen cents for a male and twenty five cents for a female.
It came to my attention yesterday that I haven’t seen a mongoose for several years now. They used to be a common sight on St. John, hanging around dumpsters, darting across the North Shore Road or squashed on the road. Not anymore. What happened?
It seems that a government mongoose trapping program has been effective in controlling the beasts, officially classified as an invasive species. They’re either rare or gone from our island. The same can be said for Tortola, but not Jost Van Dyke, where a chicken hardly has a chance.
Noticed the increase in the iguana population on land and the prevalence of turtles in the offshore seagrass beds? Partly due, I’m sure, to the fact that their eggs are no longer at great risk from the sly mongoose.
St. John Live Music Schedule Friday June 22
Aqua Bistro – Stephan Sloan – 5:30 – 8:30 – 776-5336 Castaways – Mikey P 8:00 – Dance Party 11:00 – 777-3316 Cinnamon Bay – Eddie Bruce Drum Circle – 6:30 – 8:00 Cruz Bay Prime – James Cobb – 7:00 – 10:00 – 693 -8000 Driftwood Dave’s – John W Lee – 7:00 – 10:00 – 777-4015 Island Blues – Slammin – 776 6800 Morgan’s Mango– Lauren – 6:00 – 9:30 – 693-8141 Ocean Grill– T-Bird – 6:30 – 9:00 – 693-3304 Rhumblines – Erin Hart – 7:00 – 10:00 Spyglass– James Milne – 5:00 – 8:00 – 776-1100
The summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere is normally on June 21 and I would have wished my visitors a happy Summer Solstice, but it seems that I’m a day late this year, today being two seconds shorter than yesterday.
If you only have enough time on St. John to hike one trail, then the Cinnamon Bay Self-Guiding Trail is the trail for you. Also, because the trail is relatively short, flat and shady, it’s a perfect choice for those who would like to experience a taste of the St. John interior, but who might be put off by the prospect of a long hike on the often hilly and rugged terrain characteristic of the St. John forest. As an added bonus, the Virgin Islands National Park has placed a series of wonderfully informative signs along the trail covering everything from history and culture to nature and environmental concerns. Read more
I’ve been noticing a disparity between the NOAA and Weather Underground sites with NOAA being consistently “glass half full” and Weather Underground “glass half empty”. Personally I prefer the NOAA take, which means it’s time to change the weather link on my main website
The Beach Bar at Wharfside Village in Cruz Bay has been drawing a regular sunset crowd, as do several other establishments fortunate enough to enjoy that unobstructed western view. Notwithstanding the African dust that’s been in the air of late, it was a still a beautiful end to “another day in paradise”.
Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Heat index values as high as 101. East wind between 17 and 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%. (From NOAA forecast for Cruz Bay St. John)