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Young People from the Youth Conservation Corps program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Learn about marine and Coastal Resources and the Importance of Conserving Them

June 11, 2018

The Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico organized a field trip for participants in the Youth Conservation Corps program, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This activity took place on June 11, 2018, at Isla Magueyes, Department of Marine Sciences (DCM).

During the trip, participants visited the DCM Visitor Center, where they learned about the various programs offered by the department and the research conducted there. In this center, they observed different marine species such as lionfish, black sea urchins, white sea urchins, starfish, and sea cucumbers, among others. Afterward, they walked through the island to reach the viewpoint. From there, they could observe the cays of La Parguera and received a talk about the mangrove trees inhabiting these cays, the distribution of coral reefs in La Parguera, how anthropogenic activities affect these areas, and the importance of conserving them.

Taking advantage of their stay at this location, they participated in a workshop on meteorology where they learned the difference between climate and weather, measured wind speed, temperature, relative humidity, heat index, and atmospheric pressure. They also observed clouds and made their precipitation forecast. After completing this activity, they attended a workshop on sand composition. Here, they created their sand samples and identified the materials it is composed of. Then, they closely observed red mangroves, white mangroves, and the two varieties of button mangroves on the island. To conclude the tour, they could see and learn about marine invertebrates, algae, and seagrasses.

After this field trip, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, the youth had the opportunity to visit the Center for Marine Information and Education Resources (CRIEM) of the Sea Grant Program. There, they attended a workshop on coral reefs and engaged in various activities related to this topic. Some of these activities included building an edible coral polyp and identifying and classifying hard and soft corals. They learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Both activities were very enriching for everyone. It was an excellent group, and everyone showed interest throughout, actively participating in each of the workshops. Keep moving forward!


June 11, 2018
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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