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Para la Naturaleza and Boys & Girls Club Puerto Rico provide nature immersion experiences for youth

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The non-profits Para la Naturaleza and Boys & Girls Club have partnered to provide nature immersion experiences for youth 6 to 18 years old.

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Puerto Rican and Mexican scientists exchange knowledge about marine mammals

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Six researchers from the Puerto Rico Manatee Conservation Center at the Interamerican University in Bayamón went to the Dolphin Discovery facilities in Mexico, qhere they learned about differet techniques to manage marine mammals.

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DRNA alerts citizens of illegality of parking on riverbeds

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The Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA) is warning citizens that it is illegal to park their cars on river shores. DRNA is also asking citizens to report this illegal activity by calling 787-724-5700 to inform rangers.

 

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Authorities urge to protect the manatee

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Dr. Nilda Jiménez urged citizens to immediately notify authorities if they see a manatee that is trapped or hurt. 

People can call 787-724-5700. 

 

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Puerto Rican Night Jar threatened by deforestation

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The Coalition Pro-Health and the Environment from de Susúa neighborhood in Sabana Grande and Arenas in Guánica warned about the threat that the construction of atenna towers represent for the Puerto Rican Night Jar's habitat. The Puerto Rican Night Jar is a critically endangered species.

 

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Efforts to save the Mona iguana

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The populations of the Mona iguana have decreased so much that a breeding programs has been put in place to foster its recovery.

 

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Don Tony Rodriguez’s Parrots

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I bet a “mallorca con azúcar” from La Bombonera, that if you ask anyone the name of an endemic animal from Puerto Rico, many would name the Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata). One of the first scientists responsible for people knowing about this bird and recognizing its endangered situation, was my grandfather, Don José A. Rodríguez Vidal (Don Tony; 1925-2009).

He was born on January 9, 1925, in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and completed his higher education in agronomy at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus. Don Tony started his professional life as a vocational agriculture teacher at Barrio Garrochales in Arecibo. In 1949, he moved to Barrio Bayaney in Hatillo to teach agriculture to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. He taught the same subject in Barrio Bajadero in Arecibo. 

As a college student, he completed most of the biology courses, which allowed him to teach this subject as well. He taught biology night classes for World War II veterans.

In 1953, Don Tony started working as a biologist for the Division of Forests, Fish and Wildlife. It has in this role that he spent 3 months studying and researching the doves (tórtolas) that inhabited the Guánica Dry Forest. His work resulted in one of the most important studies related to this bird. In 1956, Don Tony was assigned to study Iguacas (Puerto Rican parrots) in El Yunque National Forest. Completing this comprehensive study was one of the most important scientific endeavors Don Tony got involved in. Although it took almost 3 years, his findings challenged well-established paradigms about parrot population, and alerted our nation about the endangered status of this native bird.

A 100 years since the death of Martha, the last Passenger Pigeon

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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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Scientists report first hatching of Puerto Rican parrots in the wild outside of El Yunque

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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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