Crocodile Lake NWR
Est. 1980

National Key Deer Refuge
Est. 1957

Key West NWR
Est. 1908

Great White Heron NWR
Est. 1938


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Welcome to FAVOR Florida Keys!
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Our Mission

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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Final 2014 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 December.

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 CALENDAR.

I hope everybody has a great summer and look forward to working with you next winter.

Sincerely, Mary Baker, FAVOR/Crocodile Lake NWR Coordinator of Volunteers


Be a citizen-scientist:
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).

Go HERE for more information, and then, near the bottom of that page, click the survey link, or HERE to fill out the survey!




We 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


Moonrise Kayak Excursions
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!


Americans toss 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:





Sea-Level 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 those forests.
But now the forests and hammocks are threatened by the rising seas around and beneath them.

Read the complete article HERE.

FWC News Release: FWC, partners bust illegal Internet sales of protected wildlife

The 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 Monroe.

Remember – If 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 or visit and select “Report Violators.”

(For the complete announcement go to


Visit the Key Deer Bookstore

In the National Key Deer Refuge Visitors Center
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GPS Coordinates:
Winn-Dixie Plaza, Key Deer Blvd, Big Pine Key
Phone 305-872-0645

Proceeds Benefit FAVOR
and the
Key Deer Protection Alliance

Angela shows off her new Key Deer Fawn Tee Shirt

 Visitors 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 busiest day!  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 Complex!

Click on this WorkCamp App. or the button above for more information and application forms!


"Why shouldn't I feed the critters?"

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. 

Click HERE for the article.

Click for the Florida Keys Birding Checklist
(PDF, 115 kb)

Click for the expanded Florida Keys Refuges brochure
(PDF 340 kb)


What you will find here

  1. A Calendar of coming events for FAVOR members, as well as others related to the Keys ecology.
  2. News about issues that concern us.
  3. Links to other sites with connections to wildlife
  4. Special information about prescribed burns.
  5. Information about each of the Florida Keys Refuges.
  6. 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 enough.

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