Scriber is the go to guy for hikers, scientists researching birds and other wildlife, and even the police when they need help with a search and rescue. He has a love for all creatures but his first love is definitely birds.
His love for birds got him a spanking or two from his parents who didn’t understand his preoccupation with the creatures. “I’ve always had a very high interest in birds from a very young age,” Scriber recalls. “I would find a feather and cherish it. I admire them still; anywhere I travel and I find feathers I pick them up and keep them.”
The name Scriber was bestowed upon him during in school days when classmates thought he had a knack for describing things and making the complicated very easy. He later used the name Describer as his moniker from 1977 to 1979 as a participant in local calypso shows. He never made it beyond the semi-finals but today he remains very involved in the art form as a judge and commentator. Over time as with most nicknames, it was shortened to Scriber.
Scriber’s passion for ornithology grew after meeting a technical consultant setting up the Oriole Project for Montserrat in the 80s. By this time Scriber worked for the Forestry Division for the Government and had become quite adept at knowing the various birds which called Montserrat home. When the same technician returned in 1989, the two would scout the Bamboo Forest in South Soufriere Hills searching for the birds. This was when Scriber learned about Field Guides and developed a love for the details and varieties of birds that existed on Montserrat.
“I knew the birds that lived here, but now I was able to understand the differences between them. I remember seeing birds and not recognizing them and the field guide helped me to learn about migrants and regional endemic birds. That field guide opened up a whole new world for me when it came to me and birds,” he said.
Scriber can tell what type of bird is flying past from watching the shape of its wings and listening to its wing beats.
“I just never get tired of looking at birds. They are such wonderful creatures,” says the tour guide. “They are very good indicators of the environment. You can watch their behavior and know if fruits are bearing because of their calls. They are great security alarms as they will tell you if predators are around.”
Scriber’s passion extends well beyond birds and encompasses all of Montserrat’s natural habitats and creatures. You have not seen the island until you’ve seen Montserrat through Scriber’s eyes.
Now through Scriber’s Adventures, a tour guide company which opened in 2010, visitors can have Scriber or one of trained guides take you on scenic tours through the Centre Hills, on turtle watching expeditions or Bat Netting. Scriber is also very popular with educational institutions as a guide for students and researchers.
There is no better way to go searching for Montserrat’s National Bird, the Oriole than on a Scriber Adventure tour.
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