World Wetlands Day 2008 -- USA -- Puerto Rico
I am sorry we are somewhat late on our report. First this year our activity was a very active one. The day was celebrated by inviting over 100 voluntaries from Juana Matos Community in Cataño as well as students from schools.
G Works Inc. and El Corredor del Yaguazo (community-based organization) conducted our International Wetlands Day on February 23, 2008. This year approximately 95 Pterocarpus officinalis and White and Black Mangroves trees were planted as part of our 5 acre Restoration Program at the Las Cucharillas Wetland in Cataño PR.. This system is very important to Puerto Rico's northern part as it is a mostly herbaceous wetland with the highest biodiversity both in flora and fauna. It receives migratory birds every year and serves as one of the areas where the Audubon Census is conducted. This year we would like to thank, specially- Mrs. Beverly Yoshioka from US Fish and Wildlife and Mrs. Silkia Colón from PR's Department of Natural Resources, also Juana Matos Community, 4 H Club and all voluntaries from Vision 27, the San Juan Bay Estuary -- without them the activity would not have been the success it was. Enjoy the photos.
Gretchen B. Guzmán