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  • Bright yellow flowers, not unlike a dandilion, extend from a chunky central stem
    Information icon St. Croix agave. Photo by Caroline Pott, East End Marine Park.

    Saving rare plants in the U.S. Virgin Islands

    August 14, 2019 | 3 minute read

    Like many other islands in the Caribbean, the history of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands is inextricably bound up with the planting and harvesting of sugarcane. Decades of land clearing for sugar, as well as cotton and livestock, denuded the U.S. Virgin Islands of more than 90 percent of their native vegetation. Tropical lily-thorn. Photo by James Yrigoyen, USFWS. St. Croix agave (also called Egger’s century plant) and tropical lily-thorn are but two of the many plants that once flourished in the subtropical dry forests of St.  Learn more...

Caribbean

  • A mountainous coastline highlighted by bright blue water and vegetated rocks.
    Information icon Survival Beach at Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Photo © José Almodóvar.

    Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office

    The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office was established in 1974. We strive for ecosystem sustainability through preservation, conservation, enhancement, and restoration of habitats essential for the long-term viability of the fish, wildlife, and plants in the Caribbean. The field office emphasizes an ecosystem approach incorporating Strategic Habitat Conservation to address and prioritize habitat issues through partnerships with other federal, state and local agencies, conservation organizations, private landowners, and citizens to achieve the greatest possible benefits to fish and wildlife.  Learn more...

  • A bright green parrot with red markings on its face and blue flight feathers.
    Information icon Puerto Rican parrot (Amazona vittata) © Alfredo Irizarry.

    Puerto Rican Parrot recovery program

    The Puerto Rican parrot recovery program is an effort to conserve, protect and manage wild and captive parrots in order to downlist the species from endangered to threatened.  Learn more...

  • An aerial photograph of a reef at the edge of a flood plain with mountains in the distance.
    Information icon Salinas, Puerto Rico. Photo © Héctor Ruiz.

    Coastal Program

    The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office promotes healthy wildlife and their habitat through a diverse group of programs: Endangered Species, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Contaminants Program, Coastal Program and Project Evaluation.  Learn more...

  • A biologist wearing gloves and protective boots collects a sample after an oil spill.
    Information icon A biologist collects a sample after an oil spill. Photo by USFWS.

    Environmental Contaminants

    Man-made pollution remains one of the nation’s greatest environmental concerns. Our contaminant expertise extends to a variety of pollutants including pesticides, metals, petroleum products, and emerging contaminants such as: pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and insecticides. The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office provides technical assistance to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and state agencies to ensure fish and wildlife and their habitat are adequately protected during and upon completion of cleanup efforts at Superfund sites, including the Vieques and Culebra National Wildlife Refuges.  Learn more...

  • A vernal pool surrounded by bright purple flowers in the shadow of a forested mountain.
    Information icon Laguna Cartagena National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © José Almodóvar.

    Project evaluations

    The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office promotes healthy wildlife and their habitat through a diverse group of programs: Endangered Species, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Contaminants Program, Coastal Program and Project Evaluation.  Learn more...

  • Over a dozen white birds with black markings on their head flying in the blue sky.
    Information icon Roseate terns (Sterna dougallii dougallii). Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.

    Grants at a glance

    The Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office promotes healthy wildlife and their habitat through a diverse group of programs: Endangered Species, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Contaminants Program, Coastal Program and Project Evaluation.  Learn more...

  • A bright pink flower with broad, fuzzy green leaves.
    Information icon Vernonia proctorii. Photo by Omar Monsegur, USFWS.

    Stories

    Stories from Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office.  Learn more...

  • An orange and black buttefly perched on a yellow flower
    Information icon Puerto Rican harlequin butterfly, (Atlantea tulita).Photo by Jan Zegarra, USFWS.

News

  • A light brown snake with darker black and brown markings on a green vine.
    Puerto Rican boa. Photo by Jan Paul Zegarra.

    Service announces recovery plan revisions for 43 species, to assist in measuring progress and addressing threats

    August 5, 2019 | 5 minute read

    As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species. This batch of recovery plan revisions is part of the Department of the Interior’s Agency Priority Performance Goals. The effort calls for all recovery plans to include quantitative criteria on what constitutes recovery by September 2019.  Read the full story...

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