10.25.2016. Bird Census at the San Juan Bay Seaway
SJBEP’s AmeriCorps VISTA Fauna and Flora specialist, Laura Fidalgo, MSc organized and led a bird census activity through San Juan Bay Seaway in preparation for the annual Christmas bird census. Sixteen species of birds and a vulnerable specie of West Indian manatee were identified in these field visits.
10. 28.2016. Outreach at UPRRP
This week, we continued our outreach education initiatives through educational booth setups in different events in the “Multi-institutional Land- Grant Partnership Initiative Symposium” at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Our staff, AmeriCorps VISTAs, and volunteers engaged with hundreds of visitors that learned about the San Juan Bay Estuary, the importance and role of environmental volunteer work to achieve its restoration and conservation as well as information about our organization.
10.28.2016. Old San Juan and San Juan Bay Educational Field Trip
SJBEP’s Educational Manager, Javier Cardona, with the assistance of AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and SJBEP staff, guided a group of students from Toa Alta’s Nicolás Sevilla School through Old San Juan. The fifty (50) students and their teachers enjoyed a wonderful educational trip that began with cleanups and solid waste inventory; they also participated in a workshop at our Visitor’s Center and performed water quality monitoring tests.
San Juan Bay Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers (WQMPV)
From October 25-28, 2016 the San Juan Bay Water Quality Monitoring Program with Volunteers (WQMPV) visited 24 monitoring stations around the San Juan Bay estuary Watershed. A total of 14 volunteers joined the WQMPV coordinator, Harold Manrique, and collected data of eight water quality parameters during the 4-day monitoring period.
On Thursday, October 27,2016 we monitored the Condado Lagoon as part of the Condado Lagoon Estuarine Reserve Enterococcus Monitoring Project. On average the reserve did not meet the federal standard of 35CFU/100mL, reporting a total of 59.96CFU/100mL.