Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


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Current Conditions

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Due to the CoronaVirus Health Emergency, the Culebra NWR Contact Station and all other areas are CLOSED until further notice.

Sooty Tern

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Colloquially, it is known as the wideawake tern or just wideawake. This refers to the incessant calls produced by a colony of these birds, as does the Hawaiian name ʻewa ʻewa which roughly means "cacophony". The Culebra NWR is well known as a nesting site for a variety of seabirds such as the Sooty Tern.

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Refuge Objectives

To administer the lands as wildlife refuge and breeding ground area for native birds, for its particular value in carrying out the national migratory bird management program and for the conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.

About the Complex

Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Complex

Culebra National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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