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Culebra (/refuge/Culebra/)
National Wildlife Refuge | Puerto Rico

About the Refuge
In 1909, portions of the Culebra Archipielago were designated as a wildlife reserve...

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SHUTDOWN NOTICE

Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands
does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same
terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown
is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System
facilities during the shutdown, (https://www.fws.gov/nwrs/notices/National-Wildlife-Refuge-System-Closure-Determination-and-
Notice-Amended.pdf) and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously
scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown
(https://www.doi.gov/shutdown)

FEATURES

Bilingual Newsletter
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The official Newsletter of the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Learn More (https://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/CaribbeanNewsJan2017.pdf)

FEATURED WILDLIFE

Sooty Tern (/refuge/culebra/wildlife_and_habitat/birds.html)
Colloquially, it is known as the wideawake tern or just wideawake. This refers to the incessant calls
produced by a colony of these birds, as does the Hawaiian name ʻewa ʻewa which roughly means
"cacophony". The Culebra NWR is well known as a nesting site for a variety of seabirds such as the
Sooty Tern.

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INFORMATION

Refuge Objectives
To administer the lands as wildlife refuge and breeding ground area for native birds, for its particular value in carrying out the national
migratory bird management program and for the conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources
and their habitats for the benefit of present and future generations.

ABOUT THE COMPLEX

Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Complex
(/refuge/Culebra/About_the_Complex.html)
Culebra 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.

Learn more about the NWRS (aboutNWRS.html)

Follow NWRS Online   

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Leatherback Sea Turtle
The leatherback sea turtle, sometimes called the lute turtle or
leathery turtle or simply the luth, is the largest of all living
turtles and is the fourth­heaviest modern reptile behind three
crocodilians.

ALERT - THE USE OF DRONES ON THE REFUGE IS PROHIBITED (/NWRS/THREECOLUMN.ASPX?


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FOLLOW US ONLINE

MAPS (/REFUGE/CULEBRA/MAP.HTML)

MULTIMEDIA (/REFUGE/CULEBRA/MULTIMEDIA.HTML)

WHAT WE DO

Resource Management (/refuge/Culebra/what_we_do/resource_management.html)
Conservation (/refuge/Culebra/what_we_do/conservation.html)
Get Involved (/refuge/Culebra/what_we_do/get_involved.html)
Partnerships (/refuge/Culebra/what_we_do/partnerships.html)

Page Photo Credits – All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted. Last Updated: Jul 16, 2018

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