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Cabo Rojo Salt Flats

Site Facts

Country, State, Province/Region:

Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Relative Location:

Southwest coastline of Puerto Rico

Latitude/Longitude:

17°57' N; 67°11' W

Category:

Regional

Basis for Designation:

More than 1% of the flyway population for Snowy and Wilson's Plover.

Size:

522 hectares (1,290 acres)

Joined:

February 2010

Site Owner/Steward:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Site Partners:

Puerto Rican Ornithological Society Inc. (SOPI, by its Spanish acronym)

Human Population within 100 km:

1,000,000

Contact:

Oscar Diaz
Refuge Manager, Cabo Rojo NWR
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
oscar_diaz@fws.gov

Alcides L. Morales-Pérez
Chair, Board of Directors
Puerto Rican Ornithological Society Inc. (SOPI)
directivasopi@yahoo.com
http://www.avesdepuertorico.org/

About Us

The 505-hectare (1,249-acre) Cabo Rojo Salt Flats is an area of saline lagoons, salt flats, and mangrove swamps within the Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Puerto Rico. The refuge is owned, protected, and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Puerto Rican Ornithological Society (SOPI, by its Spanish acronym) nominated the site with the Service’s support and is an active partner in bird conservation at the refuge. The salt flats section of the refuge qualifies as a Site of Regional Importance for supporting 5.3% (80 individuals) of the world population of the tenuirostris subspecies of Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) and 2.5% (151 individuals) of the world population of Wilson’s Plover (C. wilsonia). This site, which is also an Important Bird Area, hosts a total of 28 shorebird species.

Cabo Rojo Salt Flats is the first WHSRN site in the Caribbean!

Ecology & Conservation

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Special Information

 

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Contact

 

Oscar Diaz
Refuge Manager, Cabo Rojo NWR
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
oscar_diaz@fws.gov

Alcides L. Morales-Pérez
Chair, Board of Directors
Puerto Rican Ornithological Society Inc. (SOPI)
directivasopi@yahoo.com
http://www.avesdepuertorico.org/