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  • A tall rocky island emerging from a calm blue sea.
    Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo © Claudio Uribe, Island Conservation. Used with permission: S://EA/Photo Permissions/desecheo-island-conservation.pdf.

    Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge safe from invasive mammals after nearly 100 years

    June 27, 2017 | 6 minute read

    Lea en español. After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe for the threatened higo chumbo cactus, native seabirds, and unique lizards found nowhere else in the world. Just one year after an ambitious operation to rid Desecheo NWR of introduced rats, conservation biologists have confirmed that these damaging predators are absent from the island, and the operation was a success.  Read the full story...

  • A tall rocky island emerging from a calm blue sea.
    Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo © Claudio Uribe, Island Conservation. Used with permission: S://EA/Photo Permissions/desecheo-island-conservation.pdf.

    Service seeks comments on environmental assessment - restoring wildlife habitat on Desecheo Island

    July 29, 2011 | 3 minute read

    Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comments on the recently completed Environmental Assessment, Rat Eradication to Promote Ecosystem Restoration on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. This Environmental Assessment analyzes possible consequences of five alternatives – a no-action alternative and four action alternatives – for restoring the island’s native habitat and species by eradicating non-native, invasive black rats from the Refuge. The proposed action will assist the native subtropical dry forest to recover and will promote the recolonization of the island by nesting seabirds.  Read the full story...

Wildlife

  • A bright white flower emerges from a prickly cactus.
    Information icon Flowering higo chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis). Photo by Omar Monsegur, USFWS.

    Higo chumbo

    Higo chumbo is a columnar cactus currently found at three small offshore islands of western Puerto Rico; Mona, Monito and Desecheo. In addition, several individuals are known to occur at Caja de Muertos, an offshore island south of Puerto Rico.  Visit the species profile...

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