Crocodile Lake NWR
Est. 1980

National Key Deer Refuge
Est. 1957

Key West NWR
Est. 1908

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Est. 1938


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Windley Key Day

Thanks to Ralph Degayner, Joan Mowery Barrow, Kathie Donovan, Duff Smith Kat Spiegel, Clark Boggs and Jeremy Dixon and the Dixon family for helping out at the Windley Key event. It was a beautiful day to be out in the quarry.  Mike Guarino, Park Manager also sends his thanks!

The next event we will attend is Native Plant Day/An Earth Day event at Pennekamp. Anyone wishing to help out should contact me.


Clark Boggs and Kat Spiegel
in front of our display



Crocodile Lake NWR 2/15/2014 Clean-up Huge Success!

We had a great turnout with 20 volunteers working to spread mulch in all the planting beds and spruce up the plants around the administration building.

Thanks to all our volunteers!



Say "NO!" to nibblers!

FAVOR donated the construction materials for 40 trash can corrals for our Refuge/FAVOR/Our Animal Family's "Say No to Nibblers" community outreach projects.  This year we focused on the Port Pine Heights neighborhoods.  Allen Ballas from PPHPOA was our contact there and he gathered a dozen PPH's residents to help construct and deliver the finished corrals.

 Our very own Refuge- FAVOR volunteers (Ken Nelson-FAVOR Board, Dennis Fowler, Glen Cooper, and Karl Paoletti) were there to help with the project




FAVOR 2013 General Annual Meeting

Left to right: : Robert Keeley Dolly Garlo holding FAVOR's new banner
Middle Row: Nancy Chatelaine, Norma Derbfus, Ellen Scully, Kristie Killam, Tracy Jackson, Bob McCurdy, Carol Morrison, Don, Joan Ruby, Jeanne Patric, Jim Ruby
Back Row: Dennis Fowler, Karl Paoletti, Mary Lou Paoletti, Glenn Cooper, George Morrison, Roger Kenney, Leon Elder,Charlie Barker, Ken Nelson




FAVOR's new Newsletters!!!

 March-April 2012

January 2012

November 2011

What happens to the Keys when the sea level rises?

Anne Morkill and Chris Bergh have finally completed a synthesis report for the workshop on Sea Level Rise Adaptation in the Florida Keys: Conserving Terrestrial and Intertidal Natural Areas and Native Species that was held in May 2011. It includes abstracts and/or bulleted summary notes from all the presentations and group discussions, the prioritized lists of best management practices, research and monitoring needs, and education and outreach strategies, reference list, workshop attendees contact list, and poster abstracts. It is now posted HERE and at for download, along with all of the powerpoint presentations (in PDF format,) for your use and distribution!


Focus on Friends
The Southeast Region's Friends Group Newsletter

Focus on "Friends" is the Southeast Region's quarterly newsletter for Friends Groups and about Friends Groups. This quarterly newsletter is designed to help keep the Region's more than 50 Friends Groups up to date on Regional developments and accommplishements.

Click here for a list of current and past newsletters.


Refuge Update
The National Wildlife Refuge System's Newsletter

Check the  public Web site for the latest issues.



Trail Talk
The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail Newsletter

Click Here for the newsletter


Earth Day tree planting at National Key Deer Refuge

On April 22nd, 2012, Earth Day, 15 volunteers from the National Key Deer Refuge, Boy Scout Troop 573, Florida Keys Wildlife Rescue, and the Big Pine Senior Center got together to plant 15 large fruit-bearing trees (figs, blolly, black torch and pigeon plum) for wildlife. This tree planting event was part of the Refuge’s “Give a Smidgen for the White-Crowned Pigeon” campaign that promotes landscaping with native plants to provide food and habitat for the imperiled white-crowned pigeon and other wildlife species.


Jim Bell's Retirement Party

 Click for pix!


Crocodile Lake manager Steve Klett Retirement Party, December 3, 2011!

Read article here!,  Click here for pix!


International Coastal Cleanup: Sept 17th

Six Team OCEAN volunteers joined coordinators Todd Hitchins and Robert Keeley to clean the beaches of the Marquesas Keys in the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. This isolated ring of mangrove islands includes valuable turtle nesting and wildlife habitat; therefore, reducing entanglement and ingestion hazards posed by marine debris is critical.

The team collected more than 725 pounds of materials, including bottles and various containers (75% plastic, 25% glass), cans and other random debris. They found a large amount of clothing, shoes, toiletries, canned food, bags, backpacks and even unused medical supplies (syringes, medicine vials, IV fluid and surgical sponges) next to a couple burned and abandoned boat hulls.

Also removed were 10 gallons of diesel fuel and smaller containers of fuel/oil – fortunately all sealed. Proper disposal prevented the contamination of shoreline and ocean.

FAVOR supplied the hard working volunteers with food for the after cleanup picnic. For more information contact


Check out our new GeoCaching page!
Click the button on the left!

Celebration of Life of Harold Nugent, founder of FAVOR Florida Keys. 

March 26, 2011

Click HERE for pix and more!


Woodrat Nesting Workday 2-19-11

Thanks to those of you who came out to help build woodrat nests. You worked so hard that you were able to get all 20 nests done in less then 3 hours.

Thanks also to Kathie Donovan and her son Duff for taking these pictures and video.


The Friends and Volunteers of the Refuges hosted a Community Outreach/Volunteer Recognition event on January 9, 2011. 

Click for Info and Pix!


Click HERE for the Monroe County Mayor's Proclamation for the Year of the Key Largo Wood Rat!!!


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