September 1st, 2014 was the 100th year anniversary of the death of Martha, the last passenger pigeon. This species once had millions of specimens and went extint. Its story offers important lessons about the conservation of threatened or endangered species.
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Departament of Natural and Environmental Resources
Carmen Guerrero Pérez, secretary of the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Cynthia K. Dohner, the director of the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Liz Agpaoa, forester for the Southeast region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, announced that two Puerto Rican parrots were hatched in a natural nest in the wild outside of El Yunque, a milestone in 144 years.
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Para la Naturaleza, a non-profit unit of the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust, is recruiting volunteers for the project Explorando la Vida del Río Grande de Manatí (Exploring the life of the Río Grande of Manatí). The initiative, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) includes 5 research projects focused on exploring the effect of urban growth on the Río Grande of Manatí.
Puerto Rican student Roberto Suro, who attends Boston University, is spending 6 months in the Gunung Palung National Park in Indonesia to research orangutan behavior in the animal's natural environment.
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The project that would create Puerto Rico's first National Model Forest will be presented in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday said Governor Alejandro García Padilla, underscoring that this would be a historic project.
The area covered by the forest included 390,000 acres and spans 20 municipalitie and the purpose is to promote the sustainable management of the natural area.
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The USFWS is conducting an environmental evaluation draft to reintroduce the third cohort of Puerto Rican parrots. They are accepting comments and suggestions from the public about the best places to reintroduce the parrot. To see the draft, visit: http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/ES/3rd-Pop-PRparrot.htm
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