Letter to the Editor


The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve is a wonderful place to be and deserves to be protected and maintained. I’ve volunteered at Guana a few times and once I did butterfly monitoring. You meet a lot of awesome people and get to monitor the butterfly populations.

However, throughout our monitoring session, we found countless large beer cans and bottles, as well as an injured blue heron that had fishing line wrapped around its legs. Needless to say, the group of people that was with me were very upset by the amount of trash we ended up throwing away for others.

Fishermen are allowed to go onto the reserve and fish all they want, but that does not allow them to litter to their hearts’ content. Bottles and cans should be disposed of properly in the waste receptacles around the reserve. It’s a reserve for a reason and we should want to keep it as clean and pristine as possible.