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Information icon St. Croix ground lizard, (Ameiva polops). Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.

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  • An orange, black and cream colored butterfly perched on a yellow flowering plant
    Information icon Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly. Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.

    Service seeks public comment on proposal to list rare Puerto Rican butterfly as threatened under Endangered Species Act

    October 9, 2020 | 4 minute read

    Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to list the Harlequin butterfly as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also proposing to designate critical habitat for the butterfly, as well as a special 4(d) rule. The Service will accept public comments on this proposed decision until 12/14/2020 (60 days after publication in FR). Six populations of the Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly, a medium-sized butterfly native to Puerto Rico, are known to exist in the world.  Read the full story...

  • A leafy green plant with bright purple flowers
    Information icon Male marron bacora flowers. Photo by USFWS.

    Service proposes to list rare Virgin Islands plant, designate critical habitat

    August 25, 2020 | 4 minute read

    The marron bacora (Solanum conocarpum), a rare, tropical plant native to the Virgin Islands, is in decline. There are only seven remaining populations on the island of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands, with limited numbers of individuals in each. Of these seven populations, all but one occurs within the boundaries of the Virgin Islands National Park. A population discovered by staff from the Royal Botanic Gardens (KEW) in 2018 on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, extended the species’ range.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre Designa Hábitat Critico para la Reinita de Boque Enano

    June 29, 2020 | 5 minute read

    El Servicio de Pesca y Vida Silvestre (Servicio) ha finalizado la designación del hábitat crítico para la reinita de bosque enano bajo la Ley de Especies en Peligro de Extinción (ESA, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta designación beneficiará a la reinita de bosque enano y muchas otras especies protegidas que comparten su hábitat, como la cotorra puertorriqueña y la boa puertorriqueña. El Servicio también está presentando el análisis económico final asociado a la designación del hábitat crítico.  Read the full story...

  • A white breasted bird with blueish grey feathers.
    Information icon Elfin-woods warbler. Photo by Mike Morel, USFWS.

    U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service designates critical habitat for Elfin-woods warbler

    June 29, 2020 | 4 minute read

    The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has finalized critical habitat for the elfin-woods warbler in Puerto Rico under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The designation will benefit the elfin-woods warbler and 15 other federally protected species that share its habitat, such as the Puerto Rican parrot and the Puerto Rican boa. The Service is also releasing the final economic analysis associated with the critical habitat designation. The elfin-woods warbler exists only in Puerto Rico and is listed as threatened under the ESA.  Read the full story...

  • A pinkish green flower petal growing off of a mossy covered surface
    Information icon *Lepanthes eltoroensis*. Photo © O Monsegur.

    Partners celebrate recovery of tiny orchid in Puerto Rico

    March 9, 2020 | 3 minute read

    Thanks to a successful conservation partnership involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, a tiny orchid, Lepanthes eltoroensis, is being proposed for delisting from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Plants. The orchid is restricted to one general area within El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico at elevations above 2,461 feet. However, the orchid’s estimated population has increased from around 140 individuals, when it was listed as an endangered species in 1991, to a current estimate of about 3,000 individuals.  Read the full story...

  • A pinkish green flower petal growing off of a mossy covered surface
    Information icon *Lepanthes eltoroensis*. Photo © O Monsegur.

    Se celebra la recuperación de una pequeña orquídea en Puerto Rico

    March 9, 2020 | 4 minute read

    Gracias a la exitosa colaboración de conservación entre el Servicio Federal de Pesca y Vida Silvestre, El Servicio Forestal Federal y el Departamento de Recursos Naturales y Ambientales de Puerto Rico, se ha propuesto remover a Lepanthes eltoroensis, una pequeña orquídea, de la lista federal de especies amenazadas y en peligro de extinción. Esta orquídea está restringida a un área específica en elevaciones sobre los 2,461 pies dentro del Bosque Nacional El Yunque.  Read the full story...

  • A bright green parrot with red markings on its face and blue flight feathers.
    Information icon When in flight, some of the PR Parrots show their beautiful blue primary feathers. En español: Algunas cotorras muestran sus bellas plumas primarias azules al volar. Bosque del Estado, Maricao, Puerto Rico. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra, Biologist, USFWS

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans release of endangered Puerto Rican parrots in El Yunque National Forest

    February 6, 2020 | 2 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, plans to restart the reintroduction efforts of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots into El Yunque National Forest. For this purpose, we are releasing two groups of parrots in late January and early February. In 2017, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico with 150 mph winds. Service employees hunkered down at the Iguaca Aviary near El Portal, which housed more than 240 birds in a captive breeding facility.  Read the full story...

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