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Estuario Weekly Update

Estuarine greetings! Through our weekly update, we inform about events, projects, activities and training opportunities for residents and friends of the communities of the San Juan Bay Estuary watershed.

Birdwatching and Climate Change trail:

Estuario and El Puente invite you to participate in a birdwatching trail, as a preamble to Puerto Rico’s Walk in the Face of Climate Change, on Saturday, October 28, at 7:30 a.m. in the Luis Muñoz Rivera Park.

Join Eliezer Nieves, one of our estuarine birders, to walk, see, hear, and reflect on these winged organisms, their urban ecosystems, and how they are impacted by the effects of climate change.

This activity counts towards green contact hours. Sign up for

Certification for citizen scientists

Below are the scheduled events.

Participatory Bird Census Module:

  • November 2 – Introduction to Participatory Bird Census Workshop; with Coral Avilés, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Water Quality Module:

  • November 9 – Introductory Workshop on Water Quality Monitoring; with Coral Avilés, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Coastal Resilience Module:

  • November 1 – Thematic Workshop: Ecological Assessment of Coral Communities; with Daritzel Cintrón, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom
  • November 11 – Field trip: planting coastal vegetation with Andreína Alexatos, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Northeast Ecological Corridor—San Miguel

Family Day at Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve

The Family Day is back! On Saturday, November 4, 2023, starting at 2:00 p.m., come to our information table, join us for a hike through the Reserve (4:30 p.m.), participate in a trivia game (6:00 p.m.), and enjoy the Cine del Estuario screening (7:00 p.m.). See you there!

Cine del Estuario

Don’t miss the performance of Lightyear, on Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the Jaime Benítez Park of the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. The film will be shown with Spanish audio and English subtitles. This event is free of charge. Bring your blanket or chair!

Read the 2023-2028 Puerto Rico Strategic Plan to Reduce Aquatic Waste

Last Tuesday, October 10, 2023, NOAA’s Marine Debris Program published the 2023-2028 Puerto Rico Strategic Plan to Reduce Aquatic Debris. This document, created in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 2 and the Trash-Free Water Program, lays out a solid waste reduction plan for the next five years in Puerto Rico. It included the participation of dozens of entities, including non-governmental organizations, local governments, and the island’s industrial and academic sectors. Download the document, available in Spanish and English, here.

Message from your Virtual Community Hub

Download our community hurricane preparedness guide today and use its recommendations during this hurricane season.

The strength and endurance of your community begins at home.

Stay informed!

Take advantage of our information platform, the Estuario Virtual Community Hub, where you will find vital information to prepare with your family and community.

To learn about risk mitigation strategies at Estuario and identify the risks, conditions and assets in your community, go to:

Weekly water quality monitoring

Evaluation conducted Thursday, October 26, 2023. We have a RED flag for the Condado Lagoon Natural Estuarine Reserve. We recommend avoiding the areas that exceeded the Beach Action Value water quality standard of 70 CFU/100 ML. Have a good weekend!

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