Hurricane Irma Science Updates

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The Florida Keys Refuges have been working tirelessly to find funding and collaborate with partners to conduct post-hurricane habitat and population assessments of our many imperiled species and habitats.  Here are some highlights of the work so far:  

  • Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit

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    We partnered with Texas A&M University to conduct a post-hurricane population assessment of the Lower Keys Marsh Rabbit.  Check out the final report:

     

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  • Great White Heron

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    Through a partnership with Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI), we were able to complete a post-hurricane assessment of the Great White Heron population in the Lower Keys.  Check out ARCI's final report:

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  • Key Deer

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    We funded a rapid post-hurricane assessment of the Key deer population on Big Pine Key and No Name Key, which was conducted by Texas A&M University.  Check out the final report:

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  • Pine Rockland Health

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    With funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, we have partnered with Florida International University and the Institute for Regional Conservation to conduct rapid post-hurricane assessments and habitat restoration work in the imperiled pine rocklands of the Lower Keys.  Check back for updates on this exciting work.

  • Miami Blue Butterfly

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    Our partners at the University of Florida have been conducting post-hurricane assessments of the Miami blue butterfly population.  Updates will be coming soon.

  • Bartram's Scrub-hairstreak Butterfly

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    Our partners at North Carolina State University received funding to conduct post-hurricane assessments of pineland croton, the host plant for Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly.  Stay tuned for updates.