The UVI Wetlands Reserve: Linking People, Wetlands, and Wildlife
The UVI Wetlands Reserve is a 52-acre wetland area owned by the University of the Virgin Islands. It is set aside as a wildlife reserve and for non-destructive educational and research activities. The Reserve has been recognized locally and federally as an ecologically important area. Several bird species that are listed as federally or locally endangered use the site. The Reserve provides year-round habitat necessary for the feeding, roosting and nesting of a diversity of birds. The site has been known to natural historians on St. Croix since the 1920’s because of the wealth of birdlife, particularly wading birds and ducks.
Wetland communities are important to people as well as to wildlife. They serve as natural filters for sediments and pollutants that flow off the land into our bays, thereby protecting our coastal resources. Without wetlands, not only would wildlife suffer, but also our fishery and tourism industries. The Reserve not only serves as a refuge for birds and other animals, but also provides a unique educational and recreational resource for the public. With the variety of habitats, including upland scrub, mangroves, sandy beaches and salt ponds, the UVI Wetlands Reserve is perfect for getting acquainted with St. Croix’s coastal resources.