Title: Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/CA01300691/00001
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Title: Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Publisher: United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Publication Date: 2007
Subject: Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: North America -- Puerto Rico -- Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge
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Bibliographic ID: CA01300691
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.


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National Wildlife Refuge

Susan Silander, Project Leader
Caribbean Islands NWR Complex
Desecheo NWR
P.O. Box 510
Boqueron, PR 00622
Phone: 787/851 7258
Fax: 787/255 6725
E-mail: r4rwpr.cb@fws.gov

Refuge Facts
* Established: 1976.
* Acres: 360.
* Location: the island is located 14
miles from the west coast of
Puerto Rico.
* Administered under Caribbean
Islands NWR complex.
Natural History
* Desecheo island has seen many
custodians over the years,
including Spain, Puerto Rico, the
U.S. military (bombing and
survival training), National
Institute of Health (introduced
rhesus monkeys for medical
research), and the Fish and
Wildlife Service.
* At one time, the largest Brown
booby nesting colony in the
world; today, no seabird nesting
takes place on the island.
* The native forest (which includes
the endangered Higo Chumbo
cactus) has been severely
degraded by introduced rats,
goats, and monkeys.
Financial Impact of Refuge
* No staff.
* No visitors annually.
Refuge Objectives
To restore and protect historic
seabird colonies and natural island
Management Tools
* Law enforcement.
* Feral animal control.
* Bird and plant surveys.

Questions and Answers
/s the refuge open to the public?
No, this island refuge is closed for
public safety reasons, due to the
presence of unexploded
military ordnance.

If the refuge is closed to the public,
why do dive boat operators take
customers there?
Federaljurisdiction does not include
waters surrounding the island.
Trespass on the refuge itself would be
handled by Federal law
enforcement officers.

Why was the refuge established?
The refuge was established in 1912 to
protect several colonies of nesting
seabirds including the world's largest
Brown booby colony. Seabird nesting
has virtually disappeared from the
island due to past military bombing,
illegal hunting, fires, and the
introduction of goats, rats and nest
predating rhesus monkeys.

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