The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office was established in 1974 as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region. We have jurisdiction on Federal Trust Species (i.e., at-risk species, federally listed species, migratory birds and inter-jurisdictional fish) in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI; St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix).
What We Do
The field office staff emphasizes an ecosystem approach incorporating Strategic Habitat Conservation to address and prioritize habitat issues through partnerships with other federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, private landowners, and citizens to achieve the greatest possible benefits to fish and wildlife.
Projects and Research
Working with others is at the core of how we operate, and through those partnerships, we develop a number of conservation projects across the Caribbean, from conserving Puerto Rican parrots in our forests to working to improve some of our most important coastal areas. Learn more about some of the key efforts we have underway.
Information provided by the Caribbean Field Office to help you understand the rich diversity of life of the Caribbean islands, ways we are working to conserve it, and to facilitate the review of federal projects for their impacts to plants, fish, and wildlife.
Field office biologists build partnerships with state, government, and other federal agencies, academia, and NGOs to develop management strategies for the protection, conservation and recovery of listed species and successfully implement on-the ground restoration projects in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.