Salina Los Cobos Nature Reserve
Saving treasured land
In January of 2016 Alelí Environmental, Inc. acquired Salina Los Cobos Farm, a beautiful undeveloped coastal area located nearby the fishing village of La Parguera in the southwest Municipality of Lajas, Puerto Rico. The land encompasses 21 acres of property that includes: a historical salt production facility that was built in the 1920s and is no longer in use, a nature trail delimited by the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DNER), and a xerophytic and mangrove forests. Although the salt flat production facility is no longer in use there are a series of four crystallization ponds delineated with wood at ground level left visible at the site. Other properties adjacent to Salina Los Cobos include a conservation easement area of the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust (Para la Naturaleza), the Boquerón and La Parguera Natural Reserves, the two mangrove islands of Guayacán and Cuevas, and the Bioluminescent Bay Monsieur José. These areas are critical habitat for many plants, birds, and marine mammals including many endemic and endangered species.
This region currently faces numerous anthropogenic threats such as land-based sources of pollution, coastal urban development, climate change related impacts, marine debris, and excessive visitation and exploitation of resources. Furthermore, these natural areas lack of a management plan and environmental law enforcement actions for their protection. Therefore, by acquiring the farm, we are making sure that these ecologically sensitive ecosystems are preserved and managed for perpetuity and it contributes to the conservation of the southwest coastal ecological corridor.
In 2022 Salina Los Cobos Farm became a part of the US Forest Stewardship Program.
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Bird Census with Friends from the Past
On January 2021 we conducted a census in collaboration with our friends from Proyecto: Reverdece y Educa Tu Comunidad. The list of species observed include: the Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors), Smooth-billed Ani (Crotophaga ani), Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor), Antillean Mango (Anthracothorax Dominicus), Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans), Black-bellied Plover (Pluvialis squatarola), Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus), Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes), Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens), Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Great Egret (Ardea alba), Snowy Egret (Egretta thula), Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura), Osprey (Pandion haliaetus), Puerto Rican Tody (Todus mexicanus), Puerto Rican Woodpecker (Melanerpes portoricensis), American Kestrel (Falco sparverius), Caribbean Elaenia (Elaenia martinica), Puerto Rican Flycatcher (Myiarchus antillarum), Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis), Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva), Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos), Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus), Yellow-shouldered Blackbird (Agelaius xanthomus), Greater Antillean Grackle (Quiscalus niger), Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis), Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia), Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica), Prairie Warbler (Setophaga discolor), Adelaide's Warbler (Setophaga adelaidae), Bananaquit (Coereba flaveola), Black-faced Grassquit (Melanospiza bicolor)
Eco-Lodge Salina Los Cobos
We will be offering eco-adventure packages soon. These offerings will include: bird watching, coral reef and mangrove forest exploration, hiking, kayaking, biobay swimming, celestial bodies observation, spartan lodging, tarot readings and superb fresh food and beverage alternatives. For more detail information and bookings please visit Alelí Tours.