Welcome to FAVOR Florida
Volunteers Of Refuges
The Mission of FAVOR –
Florida Keys is to support the National Wildlife Refuges of
the Florida Keys through Education, Volunteerism,
Non-Adversarial Advocacy, and Fundraising
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Season Croc Lake Workday
Hello FAVOR volunteers,
We had a terrific final workday of the season. There were 21
people who turned out for the event, which involved planting
75 trees and pulling invasive, exotic plants.
Thank you to Jackie Degayner, nursery manager at Dagny
Johnson Key Largo Hammock State Park, for providing us with
the plants from the nursery and, along with Janice Duquesnel
and Jeremy Dixon, determining the placement of the plants at
the refuge. Thanks also goes out to Chris Burgess for
digging all the holes.
Jackie and Jeremy also gave us a quick lesson on the
invasive plants. Those of you who wish to continue pulling
invasive plants on your own over the summer are always
welcome to work whenever you want. Please keep a record of
your hours because I need to turn in the volunteer work
hours twice a year. I will be asking for them in July and
We will start a new work season in November. Next October we
will post information concerning the workdays for the
2014-2015 season - check our
I hope everybody has a great summer and look forward to
working with you next winter.
Sincerely, Mary Baker, FAVOR/Crocodile Lake NWR Coordinator
Help FWC monitor
horseshoe crabs spawning on beaches!
A ritual dating back millions
of years takes place again this spring on Florida beaches.
Spring marks horseshoe crabs’ mating season, and biologists
with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
want the public’s help identifying spawning sites.
Beachgoers will likely have
the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high
tide, just before, during or after a new or full moon. The
conditions around the full moon this Sunday, March 16, and
the new moon on March 30 will create ideal opportunities to
view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.
Beachgoers lucky enough to spot horseshoe
crabs are asked to note how many they see and whether the
horseshoe crabs are mating. If possible, the observer should
also count how many horseshoe crabs are mating adults and
how many are juveniles (4 inches wide or smaller).
HERE for more information, and then,
near the bottom of that page, click the survey link, or
HERE to fill out the survey!
OF NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
have formed a new photography club, sponsored by the
Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges and our Friends
group, FAVOR - Florida Keys (Friends And Volunteers Of
Refuges). Our club is open to all nature enthusiasts
interested in nature photography. We hope to have beginners
wanting to learn as well as experienced photographers
interested in sharing their expertise. An introductory
meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15, 2014,
6:00-7:30 P.M. at the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor
Center in the Winn Dixie plaza on Big Pine Key. For more
information, contact Noni Cay @ 305-453-6655 or the Refuge
Visitor Center @ 305-872-0774 or email
are now scheduled for this season!
You can help local wildlife
while you enjoy a very special event. Paddle through the
tropical waters as the sun sets in the west and the moon
rises in the east.
Click HERE for details and schedule!
35 billion plastic bottles a year
In addition to the points made in the video, remember
that the water is usually drawn in poor, third world
countries, putting those populations at additional risk!
[Video provided Courtesy of Eric Butler and:
Rise Taking The Pines Out Of Big Pine Key
By Nancy Klingener / WLRN
Big Pine Key takes its name from the pine forests that
cover the island, about 30 miles from Key West. Rare plants
and endangered animals — such as the Key deer — live in
But now the forests and hammocks are threatened by the
rising seas around and beneath them.
Read the complete article
FWC News Release: FWC, partners bust illegal
Internet sales of protected wildlife
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission sent this
bulletin at 10/02/2013 02:45 PM EDT
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
recently concluded a joint operation with federal and state
agencies on statewide wildlife law violations.
“Operation Wild Web” targeted those intentionally buying and
selling fish and wildlife illegally online. The five-day
detail last month detected violations across the state.
Written arrests (notices to appear) and warnings were issued
in the following counties: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas,
Polk, Lee, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Collier and
you see or suspect a fish, wildlife or boating law
violation, report it to the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline.
Call 888-404-3922, email
Tip@MyFWC.com or visit
MyFWC.com/Contact and select “Report Violators.”
(For the complete announcement go to
the Key Deer Bookstore
National Key Deer Refuge Visitors Center
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Winn-Dixie Plaza, Key Deer Blvd, Big
Key Deer Protection
Angela shows off her new Key Deer Fawn Tee
Center Front Desk: Have a
gift for gab?
Like to meet new people?
This four hour shift will keep you entertained and
keep our tourists from feeding the deer.
Training is provided. Your first shifts will be
with a 2nd volunteer.
We especially need Saturday volunteers to help with our
Call 872-0774 to sign up or
email the Bookstore.
Have an RV? Like Volunteering?
Come join the crew at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges
App. or the button above for more information and
"Why shouldn't I feed the
The Nature Conservancy recently
posted a good answer to this in "Ask the conservationist" in their
latest e-newsletter, when someone asked how to deal with people who
were feeding Sandhill Cranes.
What you will find here
- A Calendar
of coming events for FAVOR members, as well as others related to
the Keys ecology.
about issues that concern us.
to other sites with connections to wildlife
- Special information about prescribed
- Information about each of the Florida Keys Refuges.
- A sign-up
sheet. You don't have to pay monetary dues to become a
member of FAVOR; just donating some of your time (keep track!) is
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April 18, 2014