A Great Honor
The Vieques NWR was awarded a great honor in 2015, when the general public voted it the fourth best national wildlife refuge within the entire Refuge System. This refuge offers great natural beauty and it is the second largest conservation area in all of the Puerto Rico Archipelago and the U.S. Virgin islands. It is considered to be a remote location, yet it is also technically an urban refuge; providing year around access to thousands of visitors. The VNWR borders the population center of Vieques, is within 20 miles of an urban population of 100,000+ people and within 40 miles of an urban population of 1,000,000+ people.Learn more
About the NWRS
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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Green Sea Turtle
The waters and beaches of Vieques are significant habitat for sea turtle nesting, specially for the green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). The Island of Vieques has the highest percentage of green sea turtle nests in the Archipelago of Puerto Rico. This sea turtle species is listed under the Endangered Species Act and it is protected in the US and around the world.
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Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015