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© 2019 SOCIEDAD ORNITOLÓGICA PUERTORRIQUEÑA, INC. 

PO Box 195166

San Juan PR 00919-5166

The Sociedad Ornitológica Puertorriqueña, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Designed by Ámbar Ruiz

ABOUT US

 

More than just an organization, we are an active community tasked with acting as an impartial authority, presenting objective information and data in order to promote the study and conservation of Puerto Rico's natural resources in a responsible and sustainable manner. We seek to promote an ecosystem approach, in which humans play a key role in its survival. 

OUR

MISSION

The Puerto Rico Ornithological Society, Inc.,
also known as
SOPI for its initials in Spanish,
is a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of Puerto Rico's bird life, the conservation
and sustainable management of its habitats and overall ecosystems that surround us.

To this end, SOPI organizes and
offers recurring activities, including
bird identification workshops,
informative walks and talks aimed
at the general public.

 

The organization works to promote
a conservation vision that
incorporates entire ecosystems
and their services, through
scientific research and activities
designed to provide up to date
information on the status of avian
species on the island. SOPI's guiding principles of transparency, respectful use of natural resources and inclusion of all citizens influence the organization's decision making process. 

AFFILIATIONS

SOPI is affiliated to wildlife and conservation oriented organizations. As part of our mission we collaborate and share resources in order to increase awareness and affect change in avian and ecosystem conservation in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. 

BirdLife International 
is a global partnership of conservation organisations (NGOs) that strives to
conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity. Together we are 121 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing. 

The National Wildlife Federation 
is the oldest and largest conservation organization of the United States, it's members work all over the country to unite people from all walks of life to give voice to wildlife.

OUR HISTORY

Since 1995 SOPI has been part
of multiple projects with the effort
of protecting out birds and ecosystems.
Here are some of our most important achievements and collaborations.

1995

1995

FUNDACIÓN DE LA

SOCIEDAD ORNITOLÓGICA

PUERTORRIQUEÑA, INC.

2001

2001

SOPI BEGINS

TO IMPLEMENT

THE IBA PROGRAM

SOPI begins implementing Bird Life International's IBA Program ("Important Bird Areas") in Puerto Rico. The program is part of a global initiative whose purpose is to ensure the long term conservation of a network of critical areas for avian species and biodiversity.

For more information click here.

2007

2007

OFFICIAL DESSIGNATION

OF PUERTO RICO IBAs

SOPI announces the designation of 20 important areas for the conservation of birds in Puerto Rico (IBAs). The designated areas all meet the uniform criteria established by BirdLife International, which administers the program globally. 

The designated areas include state forests, natural reserves and privately owned lands. Click here to learn about Puerto Rico's IBAs.

2011

SOPI, through a collaborative agreement with Para La Naturaleza, launches and co-manages the Puerto Rico eBird portal, the digital birding data platform created and maintained by the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology.

2011

eBIRD PUERTO RICO

2008

2008-2009

MONTALVA PROJECT

2013

2013

STUDY OF THE

MANGROVE'S FOOTPRINT

SOPI and BirdLife International designate the

entire extension of Caño Tiburones

as an "Importan Bird Area in Danger".

2014

2014

CAFEiCANTO

The CAFEiCANTO project is part of a collaborative agreement between Cafiescencia and the USDA Forest Service. CAFEiCANTO focuses on reaching farmers and residents of the San Germán, Sabana Grande, Maricao, Yauco and Las Marías municipalities. The surrounding areas of the Maricao, Susúa and Guilarte Forests were targeted in the promotion of sustainable agriculture, shade coffee plantations, water conservation and bird monitoring. SOPI completed a study of avian species present in the area.

2015

2015

CAMBALACHE STATE

FOREST ORNITHOLOGICAL CENTER OPENS

SOPI, through a Collaborative Agreement with the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources (DRNA in spanish) , inaugurated the Ornithological Center in Cambalache State Forest. This is the first environmental education center in Puerto Rico, specializing in birds and their ecosystems. The center allows the observation of birds in their natural habitat, species identification through birdsong and the details of species' natural histories.

UPDATE: The Cambalache State Forest Ornithological Center suffered extensive damages during the passage of hurricanes Irma and María in 2017. It remains closed to the public while SOPI identifies the necessary funds and resources to rehabilitate the center and reopen the facilities to the general public.

If you'd like to make a donation

to support our efforts click here.

2015

2015

CAÑO TIBURONES

WETLAND PROTECTION

SOPI publicly demands that government agencies recognize the true extent of the Caño Tiburones Nature Reserve. With the agencies failing to address this issue, SOPI - assisted by the Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Puerto Rico - filed a Mandamus a the High Court in San Juan. Through these proceedings, SOPI solicited an order for the concerned agencies to comply with Puerto Rico Law 314, and protect the full extent of the wetland. Using accepted USGS layers, SOPI identified unprotected terrains that fall under the definition of "wetland", as established by Puerto Rico Law 314.

UPDATE: In 2018, after three years, High Court Judge Anthony Cuevas ordered the government to extend the Caño Tiburones Nature Reserve from 3,805 to 7,000 acres. However in 2019, the concerned government agencies presented a claim in the Puerto Rico Appeals Court stating that the case is paralyzed  since May 3rd, 2017, due to the petition made by the Fiscal Control Board to restructure the Puerto Rico Government's debt.

SOPI is committed to this cause, and will not stop demanding the protection of the full extent of the Caño Tiburones Nature Reserve. We believe this is a clear and just claim for the people of Puerto Rico and their environment.

2017

2017

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

SOPI conducts an Environmental Assessment for the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) related to the presence of the endangered Puerto Rican Nightjar (Antrostomus noctitherus) in the municipality of Sabana Grande, as follow up to the study completed in 2015. Our results, in concert with local community actions, were instrumental to the protection of the endemic species' natural habitat.

SOPI is designated as a Species

Guardian by BirdLife International.

For more information clock here.

2017

2017

HURRICANES IRMA & MARÍA

SOPI has always taken into account the high value of Puerto Rico's flora and fauna, with a special interest in birds. After the devastation of the two storms on the island, SOPI focused all its efforts in helping communities and documenting the impact of the hurricanes on our natural resources. This was possible thanks to the help of organizations such as the National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, private businesses and individuals.

2018

2018

RAWA

SOPI and the National Wildlife Federation join forces to seek the approval of the project known as RAWA, "Recovering America's Wildlife Act", in Washington DC. If approved, the law would bring approximately

6 million dollars for the protection of the island's natural resources, and contribute to the growth of our local economy.

2019

2019

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: CONSERVING CARIBBEAN SHOREBIRDS & THEIR HABITATS

SOPI, with the support of USFWS, and in partnership with BirdsCaribbean and Manomet, hosted an international workshop on shorebirds: their identification, survey methods, ecology and conservation issues for these species. The workshop took place in Cabo Rojo, and facilitated an encounter between local and Caribbean organizations, with the aim of standardizing our survey methods during the species' migratory seasons.

SOPI continues to move forward, working for a bright future by protecting our birds, our habitats and educating our community.