Wildlife Resources

 

Public Notices

  1.  The St. Croix Ground Lizard Reintroduction Environmental Assessment Report as part of a Section 7 consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is available for public comment until January 15th 2021.  The proposed project by DPNR-DFW is to reintroduce the endangered St. Croix Ground Lizard (Pholidoscelis =Ameiva polops) from offshore cays to the main island of St. Croix. A public comment hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 3:00 pm. This meeting will be held via the video conferencing platform Go To Meeting.

Click for access: St. Croix Ground Lizard Environmental Assessment

Please note that this is a public hearing; therefore, public testimony will be heard. The following information should be used to view the meeting: Please join meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/541778325
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 541-778-325

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Strategic Plan

The Virgin Islands Wildlife Action Plan (VI-WAP) is approved by the Congress of the United States and links federal funds to territorial on-the-ground programs. The first VI-WAP created in 2005 and the second linked here was updated from 2015 – 2018. The VI-WAP was approved in July 2019 and is a comprehensive resource for the conservation of wildlife of the USVI.

VI-WAP Vol 1 Management Framework

VI-WAP Vol 2 Habitats & Species

 

 

Bats 

Bats are predators of night-flying insects and preserve the natural balance of the wildlife of the Virgin Islands. In the historic past, bats would have roosted in the enormous trees lost when >97% of forests were converted to agricultural pastures and development. You may find bats roosting in buildings where they become unwanted visitors. The best and safest way to interact with unwanted bats is to exclude them from your facilities. Bats have very strong homing instincts, so the holes must be closed and caulked after the bats have flown the roost.

Relocation is more successful for bats that find their own new roosts after exclusion. Almost all wild animals when moved involuntarily will go to great lengths to return home (tortoises, deer, bats). You may in conjunction with exclusion use bright lights or strips of fluttering aluminum foil around suspected entry ways to discourage bats from re-entering spaces.

One good method is presented in the schematic below. Please contact DFW with any technical questions related to bat exclusion.

 

VIRGIN ISLANDS TREE BOA

Are you clearing land on St. Thomas? Please contact us to determine if your area is home to the native, endangered Virgin Islands Tree Boa! The site clearance protocol may be downloaded here and was developed in collaboration with the federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DPNR VI boa site clearance protocol

 

OUTREACH MATERIALS & RESOURCES

DFW offers a variety of educational resources for resource users in the U.S. Virgin Islands, including brochures, posters, and handheld tools. Some of our brochures include the following:

  • Shallow Water Reef Fishing Guide
  • Shallow Water Game Fishing Guide
  • Deep Water Game Fishing Guide
  • Thomas Shoreline Fishing Guide
  • Croix Shoreline Fishing Guide
  • A Walk Along the Coastline guide
  • Fishing Regulations of Managed Marine Areas in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Invasive Species
  • Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs)
  • Christmas Cove Moorings
  • Aquatic Education Program

We also have the following handheld tools to assist you on the water:

  • Fish measuring gauges for measuring conch, lobster, whelk, and yellowtail snapper
  • Rulers for easily measuring your fish
  • Species identification guides

We also have coloring books, activity books, and educational guides for children, including:

  • Fish Activity Book (grades 4 – 6)
  • Fishing in the VI (grades 4 – 6)
  • Where I Live coloring book
  • Animals of the VI coloring book: Animals of the Virgin Islands from A to Z Coloring Book
  • Composition Book (grade K-3)
  • Aquatic Education fact sheet book
  • Fishing VI Style workbook

Pick up your copies in the Division of Fish and Wildlife offices in Red Hook, St. Thomas, or Frederiksted, St. Croix Monday to Friday 8 – 5 to pick up copies of the brochures or other available resource materials!

LINKS

Below are links to our partner agencies and programs:

Virgin Islands Code: http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/vicode/

U.S. Code of Federal Regulations: https://gov.ecfr.io/cgi-bin/ECFR

U.S.F.W.S. Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Funds: https://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/subpages/aboutus/aboutus1.htm

U.S.F.W.S. Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office: https://www.fws.gov/southeast/caribbean/

Coral World conservation programs: https://coralworldvi.com/

St. Croix Environmental Association: http://www.stxenvironmental.org/

Sea Turtle Assistance and Rescue Network: https://www.facebook.com/STAR-Sea-Turtle-Assistance-and-Rescue-129293040434939/

The Botanical Garden of the Virgin Islands: http://sgvbg.org/

United States Department of Agriculture: website