A Wildlife Refuge for Bird Fanciers

The area around Cabo Rojo, the Refugio Nacional Cabo Rojo (Red Cape National Refuge; tel. 787/851-7297) attracts serious bird-watchers to its government-protected sector. The refuge, run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is on Rte. 301 at Km 5.1, 1 mile (1.6km) north of the turnoff to El Combate. At the entrance to the refuge is a visitor center. The only time you can visit the refuge is from 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday; admission is free. Migratory birds, especially ducks and herons as well as several species of songbirds, inhabit this refuge. Birders have reported seeing at least 130 species. Trails for bird-watchers have been cut through the reserve. The best time to observe the birds is during the winter months, when they have fled from their cold homelands in the north.

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