Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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69 March 2017 | Birder's Guide to Travel locations where the Puerto Rican Parrot occurs, the odds of seeing one are van- ishingly small. Cabo Rojo National Wildlife Refuge is in the southwest corner of Puerto Rico. The refuge is about 1,800 acres and has a visitor center, two observation towers, an observation platform, and 15 miles of trails. It includes salt flats, mangrove forest, and subtropical dry forest. Before the land became part of the U.S. Nation- al Wildlife Refuge System, it had been heavily grazed for centuries. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting extensive restoration with native plants. Cabo Rojo is the headquarters for the Caribbean Islands National Wildlife Ref- uge Complex, which manages nine ref- uges, primarily in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The various habitats at Cabo Rojo are good for Mangrove Cuckoo, Smooth- billed Ani, Antillean Mango, Puerto Rican Woodpecker, Caribbean Elaenia, Puerto Rican Flycatcher, Gray Kingbird, Adelaide's Warbler, and Black-faced Grassquit. There is the possibility of see- ing the endangered Yellow-shouldered Blackbird, as the refuge is critical habitat and recovery efforts are under way, in- cluding work to limit brood parasitism by the Shiny Cowbird. The refuge also hosts a wide variety of migrating and CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: n Puerto Rican Woodpecker Photo © Benny Díaz n Puerto Rican Lizard-Cuckoo Photo © Gloria Archilla n Yellow-faced Grassquit Photo © Benny Díaz

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