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    Calling all 4th Graders!

    Starting this year, every 4th grader across the country is eligible to receive a free Park pass!

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    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

    Remember while visiting your refuge to view and photograph wildlife in a safe and ethical way.

    Ethical Wildlife Viewing

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    Want to stay up to date on the happenings at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges? Visit us at our Facebook Page

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    Do you love taking photographs?

    Join our refuge photography club. We meet 2nd Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm (Nov-Jun)

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Key Deer


The endangered Key deer are found in the lower Florida Keys, and nowhere else in the world.

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About the Complex

About the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex protects over 400,000 acres for wildlife in the Florida Keys. National Key Deer Refuge is managed as part of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Visit and Volunteering

  • Draft EA - New Visitor Center Proposed on Overseas Highway

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    The Draft Environmental Assessment and the press release on the new visitor center proposed on overseas highway is now available . . .

    New Visitor Center Proposed on Overseas Highway
  • Volunteer at the National Key Deer Refuge


    Become a volunteer at the refuge today to help conserve and protect our nations wildlife and teach thousands of visitors that their actions can make a difference.

    Get Involved


    FAVOR Florida Keys, formed in 1997, is the 501(c)3 non-profit friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex. Since that time FAVOR has supported the refuges in accomplishing their objectives through education, volunteerism, advocacy, and fundraising. By supporting our Friends group either through membership or donations, you help the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges accomplish their mission.

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  • Summer Volunteer Opportunity


    Give a Smidgen for the White-Crowned Pigeon Help monitor nesting activity of White-crowned Pigeons at the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex this summer! These surveys are conducted every second year to monitor the nesting activity of these special birds on select islands within Great White Heron and Key West NWRs. Volunteer/s will coordinate with the refuge biologist to count birds flying off of their nesting islands by motor boat and/or kayak during morning hours (7am-11am). Surveys will be conducted from mid-May through August, as weather permits. Preference will be given to those interested in participating for the entire summer. Three meeting locations will be used: Old Wooden Bridge, Big Pine Key Blimp Road Boat Ramp, Cudjoe Key Key West Public Ramp, Key West Experience required: -Use of an ocean kayak -Use of binoculars (provided if needed) -Positive attitude and willingness to learn simple survey protocols Please contact Biologist Kate Watts ( if you are interested in participating. Also, indicate if you would prefer to volunteer for field days leaving from Big Pine Key, Cudjoe Key, and/or Key West.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Heron Sunrise: Mickey Foster, Refuge Banner: Noni Cay Photography, FAVOR Logo: FAVOR FL Keys, Running Fawn: Noni Cay Photography, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Mangroves: Kristie Killam/USFWS, Bald Eagles: Mickey Foster, Key Deer Buck: Chad Anderson/USFWS
Last Updated: May 19, 2016
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