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.

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  • 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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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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