Field Trips

The SWS 2017 Annual Meeting offers unique opportunities for field trip enthusiasts! Come a day early to explore the natural beauty and wonder of San Juan before the meeting’s official kick off during the Welcome Reception. All field trips will be guided, include transportation, and full day trips include lunch. Registration for field trips is limited. All field trips will take place on Monday, June 5, 2017. 

Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

For Jobos Bay rotatedPuerto Rico’s Jobos Bay reserve is comprised of nearly 3,000 acres of mangrove forest and wetlands, including the Mar Negro area and Cayos Caribe—an array of coral reef-fringed mangrove islands at the mouth of the bay. The reserve includes extensive seagrass beds, upland dry forest, and lagoons and is home to the endangered brown pelican, peregrine falcon, hawksbill turtle, yellow-shouldered blackbird and West Indian manatee. Discover Jobos Bay with a guided hike through restored wetlands with reserve staff as well as lunch at the Visitor’s Center and a sneak peek of the reserve’s research facilities.  

Capacity: 30
Registration Fee: SOLD OUT
Time: 8:00am-4:30pm

Kayaking at the Las Cabezas de San Juan and the Northeast Ecological Corridor

For kayak trip resizedGrab a paddle and kayak five miles to view beautiful ecosystems of Grande and Aguas Prietas lagoons in Las Cabezas de San Juan and the Northeast Ecological Corridor nature reserves. These lagoons offer extensive mangrove formations, beaches with coastal vegetation and rocky coasts. Your arms will enjoy a break with a light lunch on the Seven Seas Beach.

Capacity: 20
Registration Fee: SOLD OUT
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm

Wetland Birds and Plants of the Northeast Ecological Corridor

For bird tripThis trip is for the bird enthusiast! Hike through three miles of grasslands, secondary forest, beaches and emergent wetlands in the Northeast Ecological Corridor, while identifying birds and plants. Experience sights of the yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia), yellow-crowned night-heron (Nyctanassa violacea) and perhaps a species or two of the humming bird. After the hike, enjoy breakfast at a local café.

Capacity: 20
Registration Fee: SOLD OUT
Time: 5:00am-1:00pm

Wetland Soils and Landscapes of Puerto Rico

For soils trip editedPuerto Rico supports a wide diversity of soils and associated landscapes, including ten of the twelve soil orders currently recognized by USA Soil Taxonomy. Led by local NRCS soil scientists, this field trip will examine a range of land uses along with hydric soils across several unique wetland landscapes. All soils will be observed from soil pits or via auger borings and complete characterization data will be provided along with a discussion of each soil’s genesis and classification. One of the highlights of the tour will be a visit to the El Yunque rainforest to observe the Dwarf soil (Humic Haplaquox). This trip will also visit the rare Pterocarpus forest at Humacao and an active mitigation site.

Capacity: 30
Registration Fee: $145
Time: 7:00am-5:30pm