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Ecotour of Caño Madre Vieja reserve in Aguada slated for Sunday

Caño Madre Vieja in Aguada

By The Star Staff

Aguada Mayor Christian Cortés Feliciano announced Wednesday that as part of the initiatives to promote the natural beauty of the northwestern coastal municipality, the Office of Culture and Tourism will offer an Ecotourism Tour this Sunday in the Caño Madre Vieja Natural Reserve.

Participants are asked to gather at 9 a.m. at the beach in Barrio Espinar “to take a tour of one of the most spectacular natural areas of Puerto Rico,” the mayor said.

The reserve is an area of estuary, mangroves and wetlands that are in good condition, having no known sources of pollution. It is frequented by residents of nearby towns and tourists, who seek outdoor activities. The conservation areas of mangroves, wetlands and estuaries in particular are an additional attraction for ecotourism excursions like the one being offered by the municipality.

In the ecosystem of the Espinar Swamp and Caño Madre Vieja, endemic, migratory and endangered birds have been observed, such as the yaguasa de pico negro, or chiriría, the Caribbean gallinazo, the Dominican duck and the brown pelican, a species protected by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources. The reserve also serves as a habitat for crabs and other crustaceans, and the nesting of sea turtles such as the leatherback and hawksbill.

For more information, those interested in participating in Sunday’s tour are urged to call the Municipality of Aguada’s Office of Culture and Tourism at 787-252-2238.

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