Climate Change
Southeast Region

Profile: Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge


Quick Facts
  • Blue circle with an A and Adaptation to designate project as an adaptation project
    Location: Big Pine Key, Florida
  • Size: 9,200 acres
  • Main Objectives: Protect the only remaining habitat of the endangered Key deer
  • Open to the public: Yes
  • Website:
  • Climate Change Threat: sea level rise causing the loss of the Florida Keys and the entire key deer species

Climate Change and Peninsular Florida: The Video

Featuring Anne Morkill, Paul Souza, Todd Hopkins, and Pamela Repp. Video by Jennifer Strickland.
Video is public domain and may be downloaded, copied, distributed, and/or reposted.


Dive Deeper: Read the Story

Thumbnail of a key deer doe “The Key deer would have no place to go,” Refuge Manager Anne Morkill said. If they mix with their mainland counterparts, they will lose their genetic distinction and body characteristics."

Read the full story




Graphs and Data

Sea Level Rise on Big Pine Key: Level in 2007 and the IPCC's Absolute Best Case Scenario

In the absolute best case scenario, current estimates predict that sea level will rise at least 18cm on Big Pine Key. The following maps by The Nature Conservancy depict what would happen to habitats on the island if and when this occurs.

PDF icon  Download the full report or visit The Nature Conservancy's site on sea level rise in the Florida Keys

Map depicting sea level in 2007 on Big Pine Key Map depicting the absolute best case scenario for sea level rise on Big Pine Key

A male key deer in front of green foliage
A male key deer at Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of Chad Anderson.

A man in protective yellow gear stands monitoring a low burning fire
Prescribed fire is used to burn down the understory. Key deer love to eat the fresh, new plants that sprout after a burn. Photo courtesy of Chad Anderson.


Last updated: September 28, 2010