Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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Featured Wildlife

Desecheo ground lizard / Ameiva de Desecheo


The Desecheo ground lizard is a common lizard species found in coastal areas, in habitats of maximum solar exposure but frequently near some vegetation shade on Desecheo Island. This lizard species is mostly active during midday temperatures, and feeds on insects, larvae, grasshoppers and moths. / El Ameiva de Desecheo es una especie de lagartijo común que se encuentra en las zonas costeras, en hábitats de máxima exposición solar, pero busca la vegetación para sombra. Esta especie de lagartijo es más activa durante el mediodía, y se alimenta de insectos, larvas, saltamontes y polillas.

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Refuge Objectives

The refuge is managed to restore, protect, and conserve fish and wildlife resources and habitats, migratory birds, endemic species, and forest communities, with a special emphasis on seabirds.

About the Complex

Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Complex

Desecheo 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


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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