Estuario Weekly Update
Estuarine greetings! Below, we share opportunities for collaboration, volunteerism and training for this week, through initiatives and actions programmed for the benefit of the ecosystems of the San Juan Bay Estuary and their communities.
Gamaliel Pagán Hernández Christmas Bird Counts
The Gamaliel Pagán Hernández Christmas Bird Counts have arrived! Conducted in collaboration with Auduborn Society, these censuses are key in the assessment of the ecosystems that are part of the San Juan Bay Estuary. The censuses will be conducted from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. beginning Wednesday, December 14, 2022, through Thursday, January 5, 2023. Everyone is invited.
These count as contact hours for the certification of citizen scientists in our Participatory Bird Census Module. If you have already taken the introductory and/or elective workshop, sign up!
Choose your date and register today, at https://estuario.org/events/.
Successful educational day at the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve
Last Saturday, December 3, we celebrated out Educational Day in the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. Members of the public planted and monitored mangrove growth in the reserve, monitored water quality, took an interpretive tour, chatted with us at our informative table, and enjoyed a Cine del Estuario screening. Shoutout to all who accompanied us! See the photo gallery, here.
Media coverage and publications
Ramírez Colón, C.I. December 4, 2022. Cada gota cuenta: el aceite de cocinar, un recurso. Opinión. El Nuevo Día.P.52.
Ramírez Colón, C.I. December 4, 2022. Cada gota cuenta: el aceite de cocinar, ¿residuo o recurso? Punto de Vista. El Nuevo Día. Web.
Weekly water quality monitoring
Evaluation conducted Thursday, December 8, 2022. We have a GREEN flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve and monitored beaches. However, we suggest caution with Station 1 (Jaime Benítez Park) in the Condado Lagoon. This station failed to meet the water quality standard. We recommend avoiding direct contact with water bodies during and at least 48 hours after rainfall events. On the other hand, dangerous maritime and coastal conditions prevail, according to the National Weather Service in San Juan, the product of a “storm surge” from the Northeast. We recommend bathers to avoid entering the beaches in the coming days.
The actions for the restoration and management of bodies of water within the San Juan Bay Estuary Watershed are possible thanks to the public. Donations to the San Juan Bay Estuary Program are deductible from Puerto Rico and US tax returns.
For more info, go to https://estuario.org/donate/.