Author: hillman (---.coqui.net)
Date: 01-19-07 06:28
The following was posted in PRWOW:
Name for new Puerto Rican parrot aviary sought
Posted: Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 05:01 PM
SAN JUAN (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will finish in April an aviary in El Yunque with the purpose of increasing the population of the Puerto Rican parrot.
The Caribbean National Forest currently has an aviary of the federal agency, while the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources operates another one is Utuado in the Río Abajo Forest.
However, the FWS will close the aviary it has in a high area of El Yunque and will change its location, according to FWS Public Affairs Official Lilibeth Serrano. The new aviary, which does not have a name, will open its doors in April, she said.
Congress assigned $1.7 million to build the new aviary, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation obtained an additional $700,000 from private donors in Puerto Rico.
The FWS selected six possible names to inaugurate the aviary and placed them on the internet for people to vote on their choice. The one with the most votes will be the name of the new home for the Puerto Rican parrots that are in danger of extinction.
People can visit the Web page http://www.fws.gov/aviario/ and vote for the names La Iguaca, Borincano, Esmeralda, Esperanza, Río Grande, and Puerto Rican Parrot, Serrano said.