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U.S. Embassy Officials Visit Preserve

On Friday, September 9th, the U.S. Embassy's Public Affairs Officer Penny Rechkemmer and Education and Cultural Specialist Chanelle Clare visited the Levy Preserve for a quick tour prior to visiting with several schools on the island to conduct an “All About Community College Workshop". On the tour, Preserve Manager Falon Cartwright highlighted aspects of Bahamian culture and history through the lens of native plants, which was of particular interest to Ms. Rechkemmer who was very recently appointed to The Bahamas. The Embassy officials sampled a bush tea made with Gammalamme leaves and even spotted a just recently hatched Bahama slider traveling along a trail heading for one of the wetlands. 

Site introduction and bush tea sampling
Tour of the bush medicine display beds

Left to Right: Penny Rechkemmer, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Officer;
Falon Cartwright, Preserve Manager; Chanelle Clare, US Embassy Education and Cultural Specialist