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$8 Million Upgrade Proposed for La Parguera

Located on the southwest coast of Puerto Rico, near the town of Lajas, La Parguera is the essence of Caribbean scenic beauty. Stunning white beaches, lush vegetation and the sparkling azure sea are features of this picturesque part of the island, while the bioluminescent bay adds to the pleasure of visiting La Parguera.

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Experience Nature in the Guilarte Forest Reserve

With its spectacular dense tropical forests featuring more than a hundred species of trees, the Guilarte Forest Reserve includes Monte Guilarte of the Cordillera Central mountain range of Puerto Rico. As the main mountain range of Puerto Rico, Cordillera Central stretches from east to west across the island, effectively dividing Puerto Rico into southern and northern coastal plains. The reserve incorporates parts of the municipal areas of Yauco, Adjuntas, Guayanilla and Penuelas and there are various points in all these areas where visitors can gain access to Guilarte Forest Reserve.

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Enjoy the Seaside Town of Isabela

Named in honor of Queen Isabel of Spain, the picturesque seaside town of Isabela is located in the north-western region of Puerto Rico. Home to some of the island's most spectacular beaches, Isabela is a popular tourist and surfing destination, while the steady off-shore breeze is perfect for sailing, kite surfing and windsurfing. The wildflowers found in and around the town have prompted its nickname as the "Garden of the Northwest". In addition to its beaches, Isabela is known for its mountains, some of which reach a height of 1000 feet, as well as its rivers, lakes, forests, cliffs and caves which provide habitats for a wide variety of birds and other animals.

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The Unique Puerto Rican Oriole

Closely related to other oriole species found on various Caribbean islands, Puerto Rican orioles are endemic to the island of Puerto Rico. They favor palm trees as their habitat, and are found in tropical and subtropical forests, as well as mangroves and cultivated agricultural areas up to an altitude of around 1,000 meters. Prior to 2010, when the American Ornithologists' Union recognized them as separate species, the Puerto Rican oriole had been grouped with the Hispaniolan Oriole, Bahama Oriole and Cuban Oriole as a single species in the genus Icterus - New World blackbirds.

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Learn To Be An Environmental Ambassador

Developed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and Dr Richard Murphy, along with the education team at the non-profit Ocean Futures Society, the hands-on outdoor education program Ambassadors of the Environment is presented at a number of locations around the world, including Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. Applying sustainable living principles that could be used anywhere in the world, and adding topics specific to each location, the Ambassadors of the Environment program teaches participants about the basic principles of ecology, biodiversity, renewable energy, bio-friendly waste management, the role of key species in an ecosystem, sustainability in both natural and human communities, environmental conservation, and the interconnectedness of people, creatures, land, sea, present and future.

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Puerto Rican Parrot Conservation

Researchers monitoring the Puerto Rican Amazon parrot population in Puerto Rico recently announced that the critically endangered bird has made a significant comeback in the territory. At one stage records indicated that there were only thirteen of these attractive birds observed in the wild, but now there are up to 400 in captivity, while more than a hundred are being tracked across the island. In the spectacular Rio Abajo Nature Reserve, located in western Puerto Rico, scientists discovered a wild nest with eggs, reportedly being the first time in 42 years that a discovery of this kind has been made. Unfortunately, the eggs did not hatch, but are nevertheless seen as an indication that parrots that were born in captivity and released into the wild have adapted sufficiently to be building nests and attempting to breed. Also, it is apparently not all that unusual for eggs not to hatch, even for parrots born and raised in the wild.

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Puerto Rican Opera Singer Graciela Rivera

Graciela Rivera achieved much in her music career, with one of the special highlights for the talented opera singer being the fact that, in December 1951, she became the first Puerto Rican to sing a lead role at the New York Metropolitan Opera. She received international acclaim for her performance in the role of Lucia in the production of Lucia di Lammermoor and in 1953 was proclaimed by the City of New York to be the 'Citizen of the Year'. In 1954 Rivera received special recognition by the Puerto Rican government, and in the following years traveled between the island and New York teaching and performing. Today there is a monument of Graciela Rivera at the plaza named in her honor in Barrio Primero, Ponce, and her name is featured at the Park for the Illustrious Ponce Citizens.

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San Juan Landmarks Listed by NRHP

On March 11, 2013, it was announced by United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that two sites in Puerto Rico are among the thirteen newly designated National Historic Landmarks of the United States. These are the historic district of Old San Juan and the home of Dr. Concha Meléndez located in El Condado, San Juan. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of places deemed worthy of preservation by the United States federal government. The NRHP includes sites, buildings, structures, districts and objects and is administered by the US National Park Services. Although Puerto Rico is a commonwealth unincorporated territory of the United States, it is included in the NRHP.

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