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

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

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Great White Heron


The largest heron species, the majestic great white heron is unique to south Florida and the Florida Keys.

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About the Complex

Florida Keys 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.

Great White Heron is managed as part of the Florida Keys 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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Outdoor Fest Update

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The 1st Annual Florida Keys Wildlife Refuges Outdoor Fest was great fun, and a huge success. On behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, our Friends group FAVOR, and the Outdoor Festival committee we wanted to extend a sincere thank you to our sponsors, partners and volunteers. Due to your heroic efforts and contributions, we were able to, in one week, offer visitors and residents dozens of guided birding, butterfly and nature walks, engaging evening talks, biking and kayak adventures, hands-on kids’ activities, a painting class, a photography contest and open house, the 2nd annual “Run with Deer” 5K race and two family-friendly Wildlife and Outdoor Fairs on Big Pine and in Key Largo. The Outdoor Fest was created to encourage people to get outside in a wildlife-friendly manner while promoting an understanding and appreciation of the four Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges- home to some of the worlds’ most endangered habitats, plants and wildlife. Thanks to everyone for your generous support.

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., Great White Heron closeup: Kristie Killam/ USFWS, Cartoon pelican: Nancy Chatelaine, Great White Heron at dock: USFWS, Outreach booth: USFWS, Bald Eagles: Mickey Foster, EKIP Logo: National Park Foundation, Facebook Logo: Facebook, Mangroves: Kristie Killam/USFWS
Last Updated: Jan 19, 2016
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