Crocodile Lake NWR
Clean-up Huge Success!
We had a great turnout with 30 volunteers
working extremely hard to remove over 20 cubic yards
of garbage, debris, and recycling from the Refuge.
Chris Burgess & Ralph DeGayner
pedal car: When 1 hp is enough
Big Pine Key
residents might take a double look when they see the latest
transportation option tooling around the island.
On July 14, Kim Gabel, the horticulture agent for the Monroe
County Cooperative Extension Service, purchased one of the
first three ELF bicycles sold in Florida from the Durham,
N.C., company Organic Transit.
See the complete Keynoter article, "Keys
get funky new ride," and "Elf
electric pedal car" for info on the car.
Say "NO!" to
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,
What happens to the Keys when the sea level
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
http://frrp.org/SLR.htm 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
Click here for a list of current and past newsletters.
The National Wildlife Refuge System's Newsletter
Check the public Web site for the latest issues.
The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Click Here for the newsletter
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.
Bell's Retirement Party
Click for pix!
Lake manager Steve Klett Retirement Party, December 3, 2011!
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
FAVOR supplied the hard working
volunteers with food for the after cleanup picnic. For more
Check out our new GeoCaching page!
Click the button on the
Celebration of Life of Harold
Nugent, founder of FAVOR Florida Keys.
March 26, 2011
Click HERE for pix and more!
Woodrat Nesting Workday
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!