Wildlife & Habitat

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The Laguna Cartagena is a wetland fed primarily by rainfall runoff. A wetland is a land covered in water, either permanently or seasonally. Wetlands generally include swamps, marshes and creek beds.

The Laguna Cartagena is one of Puerto Rico's most important habitats for resident and migratory birds.

  • Birds / Aves

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    Laguna Cartagena is one of the most important freshwater ponds for native and migrating water birds in the southwest of Puerto Rico.  The refuge is part of the Important Bird Area, a program aimed to identify, monitor and conserve the world’s birds and other biodiversity.  Other important designations include Critical Habitat for the Yellow-shouldered Blackbird and Important Critical Wildlife Area.

     

    Laguna Cartagena es uno de los hábitats de agua dulce más importantes para las aves nativas y migratorias en el suroeste de Puerto Rico.  El Refugio es parte del programa Área Importante de Aves, la cual identifica, monitorea y conserva las aves del mundo y otra biodiversidad.  Otras designaciones incluyen Hábitat Crítico para la Mariquita y Áreas Críticas de Vida Silvestre.


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  • Plants

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    The Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) features 9 endangered plant species, which grow in the subtropical dry forests that are characteristic of southwestern Puerto Rico.


    El Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre de Laguna Cartagena alberga 9 especies de plantas en peligro de extinción, las cuales crecen en el ecosistema del bosque seco subtropical, característico del suroeste de Puerto Rico.


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