Cabo Rojo (Salt Flats Unit) National Wildlife Refuge
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Cabo Rojo Salt Flats

Welcome to the Cabo Rojo Salt Flats!

The salt flats were added to the Cabo Rojo Refuge in 1999 becoming a part of the National Wildlife system. This addition will allow the Service to conserve and protect the single most important point of convergence for migratory shorebirds in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Cabo Rojo Salt Flats are considered unique and irreplaceable. The coastline, mangroves, seagrass beds, and offshore coral reefs next to the area, are prime fish habitat, and are considered special aquatic sites.

The salt flats are positioned in the Atlantic flyway and are a vital nesting ground and feeding area for the snowy plover, least tern, Wilson's plover, peregrine falcon, yellow shouldered blackbird, brown pelican, and several species of sea turtles. Indeed, no fewer than 118 bird species have been recorded for the area.



Cabo Rojo (Salt Flats) Fact Sheet

The Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuges fact sheet is available in a .PDF

Last updated: September 4, 2008
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