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Field Trips

Jobos Bay Field Trip - SOLD OUT!

Sunday, 13 February 2011, Time TBD - Departure from PRCC, Main Lobby

The Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve JOBANERR (supported jointly by NOAA and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources and the Environment) is hosting this field trip to the Jobos Bay NERR facilities and Reserve. JOBANERR personnel will offer a short talk at the Visitors Center where participants can take a look at the exhibits before they depart to the dock and meet the boat operators. A one-hour boat trip will follow to the Mar Negro area, an enclosed bay system surrounded by red mangroves where the tannins tint the water to a deep tea color. There is always the possibility to see the endangered Antillean manatee and marine birds as well. Participants will then navigate to Cayos Caribe and stop for a trail hike on a coral reef island where they can see the four different mangrove species and xerophytic vegetation. Along the trail they will stop at an observation tower where they will enjoy an excellent view of the Caribbean Sea, the back reef, the Boca del Infierno passage, and the Cayos Barca islands.

The cost includes transportation. Please note that lunch is not included. Box lunches will be available for purchase, and attendees may purchase one or they may bring their own. This field trip is limited to a maximum of 30 participants per day. Reservations are no longer being accepted.

San Juan Bay Estuary Field Trips

Monday through Friday, 14–18 February 2011, 9:00–1:00 and 14:00–16:00

Cost: This field trip is free, but advance reservations are necessary. Attendees who wish to participate must sign up at the registration desk.

Two trips will be offered daily departing at the times indicated.

The San Juan Bay Estuary (SJBE) system is an irreplaceable natural, recreational, and commercial resource for Puerto Rico residents and visitors. This tropical estuary is composed of eight water bodies interconnected through channels of which San Juan Bay proper is the most recognizable component of the entire system. A wide variety of living resources find food and shelter in estuary waters and associated wetlands, including marine mammals, birds, fish, shellfish, reptiles and plants. The extensive mangroves environments offer especially important breeding, nursery, and sheltering habitats for tropical fish, shellfish, and other marine biota. Due to its ecological and recreational importance, the SJBE was designated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as a resource of national importance in 1992. As a result, the SJBE Program was created to identify actions needed to improve and maintain the integrity of the estuary. This effort has been summarized in a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

The Board of Directors of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program invites ASLO participants to a field boat trip to visit this “urban estuary” of Puerto Rico. Participants will have the unique opportunity to observe native species of flora and fauna through a guided tour and to offer input and recommendations to staff members of the SJBE Program. There will be two trips per day, one in the morning (9:00 AM) and another in the afternoon (2:00 PM) during the five days of the meeting. A maximum of 20 people per trip can be hosted. This field trip will include ground transportation to and from the pier and the Convention Center. Field trips will last approximately two hours including ground transportation travel time. Sign up will be at the conference registration desk and will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about the San Juan Bay Estuary, please visit the web page http://www.estuario.org or email Dr. Jorge Bauzá at jbauza@estuario.org.