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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Piping Plover in Puerto Rico
Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS
Acting Refuge Manager, Cabo Rojo NWR
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alcides L. Morales-Pérez
Chair, Board of Directors
Puerto Rican Ornithological Society Inc. (SOPI)