Highlights for the Week Ending December 13 2020

Training Workshop: Gamaliel Pagán Hernández Christmas Bird Census

Estuario Education Coordinator and Manager Coral Avilés Santiago and Eliezer Nieves Rodríguez led a training workshop for prospective bird census counters on Saturday, December 12 2020, through Zoom. The workshop was given ahead of Estuario’s yearly Gamaliel Pagán Hernández Christmas Bird Census throughout the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed. 

27 people attended the event. 

Ilustra y crea tu filtro de realidad aumentada

Estuario Resident Artist Adriana García completed the third of four workshops aimed at the creation of augmented-reality filters through Spark AR, as part of the series “From Reality to Augmented Reality” for the general public. The fourth workshop, Spark AR: Creating a Basic Filter, will take place December 17 2020, through Zoom (link to register HERE)

Adriana García is also holding virtual collaborative workshops with the public, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to 2PM, through Taller Comunidad La Goyco’s Facebook Page.

New Lettering in the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve

Estuario invites the public to visit the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve, where new signs have been installed to inform about permitted activities in the area. 

As per Law 112-2013, fishing and capture of species in the Reserve is not permitted, as well as motor vehicles or light pollution. 

Estuario gives the public the means to report any irregularities observed in the area, via its Community Protocol for Filing Complaints for Environmental Violations: https://estuario.org/protocolo-denuncias-ambientales

Watershed Symposium of Puerto Rico 2020

Estuario participated as part of the Watershed Symposium of Puerto Rico 2020, on Thursday, December 10 2020, from 8:30AM to 4:30PM. 

The event featured Dr. Thomas Douthat from Louisiana State University as its main speaker, also featuring Dr. Miguel A. García Bermúdez from the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Dr. Jorge Rivera Santos from the Research Institute on Water Resources and the Environment of PR, Brenda Torres Barreto and Dr. Jorge Bauzá Ortega from the San Juan Bay Estuary Program, Prof. Edgardo González González from the Center for Landscape Conservation, Marcela Cañón from the Bahía Beach Resort, Dr. Carlos E. Ramos Scharrón from University of Texas in Austin, Roberto A. Viqueira Ríos and Dr. Lisa Vandiver from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office of the US, María de Lourdes Fernández Valencia and Dr. Christian A. Villalta Calderón from the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Rebeca De Jesús Crespo from Louisiana State University, Tania M. Metz Estrella from the PR Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, Dr. Gustavo A. Martínez from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and Dr. Elvia J. Meléndez Zckerman from University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. A total of 304 people attended the event. Videos and Q&A session transcriptions will be posted in the event website: http://prwreri.uprm.edu/simposio2020/Home.php 

Weekly Water Quality Monitoring

Here are this week’s results, performed Thursday, December 10 2020. Released every Friday through Estuario’s Facebook Page.

Publications

Torres Barreto, B. December 10 2020. El riesgo inminente del cambio climático. Punto de vista. El Nuevo Día. Web. https://www.elnuevodia.com/opinion/punto-de-vista/el-riesgo-inminente-del-cambio-climatico/