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  • A volunteer removes weeds from a pollinator garden

    Friends, plants, and pollinators grow at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge garden

    October 4, 2018 | 2 minute readInspired by the Service’s pollinator protection initiatives and a butterfly inventory in 2015, members of the Friends of the Florida Panther Refuge formed a committee to begin work on establishing a pollinator garden at Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. With a new headquarters administrative office site and acres of yard space surrounded by natural habitat, the Friends recognized an opportunity to simultaneously beautify the space, engage volunteers, educate guests, and add beneficial native plants for local pollinators. Learn more...

    Two volunteers distribute mulch made from invasive Melaleuca trees across the expanded pollinator garden space. Photo by Jessica Sutt, USFWS.

  • A hillside with debris and trees snapped in half like twigs.

    Aid in the shade

    August 9, 2018 | 4 minute readIn September 2017, Puerto Rico was already reeling from Hurricane Irma, which had doused it with torrential rains and caused widespread damage. Then, two weeks later, Hurricane Maria roared through, killing hundreds of residents, wiping out buildings, entire landscapes of vegetation, and practically the entire electrical grid. It was the worst natural disaster on record for the U.S. commonwealth island, which is still recovering from the Category 4 storm. Learn more...

    A portion of Jose Roig’s coffee plantation immediately after Hurricane Maria struck. Photo by USFWS.

  • A building built on steel footings ready for hurricane force winds.

    Service facilities built to withstand nature’s worst

    November 9, 2017 | 5 minute readHurricanes are never welcome, but they can prompt changes in buildings to make them better, stronger, and more capable of handling high water and even higher winds. Learn more...

    The rebuilt Grand Bay National Wildlife Refuge visitor's center built to withstand future storms.

  • A team of USFWS employees gather in a circle for directions from Incident Commander Sami Gray.

    A tough woman gets the job done

    October 16, 2017 | 10 minute readBig Pine Key, Florida – It was hot already at 8 a.m. with temperatures expected to soar under a cloudless, tropical sky. The men and few women gathered at the Nut Farm, a former coconut tree plantation tucked amid downed trees and storm-wracked buildings, were receiving their daily marching orders. It had been a week since Irma and her 180 mph winds came ashore a couple of Keys over, and the U. Learn more...

    Incident commander Sami Gray holds a morning briefing. Photo by Dan Chapman, USFWS.

News

  • Resiliency and recovery: Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges overcomes Irma to offer Outdoor Fest

    February 15, 2018 | 3 minute readU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and their Friends group Florida Keys Wildlife Society invites everyone to celebrate this great comeback on Saturday, March 10th through Saturday, March 17th, with the third annual Outdoor Fest, featuring a week of family-friendly, mostly free outdoor adventures and hands-on activities. Read the full story...

  • Two small deer walking across a street.

    Florida Keys national wildlife refuges visitor center re-opens with modified hours due to Hurricane Irma

    November 29, 2017 | 2 minute readThe Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex Visitor Center located at 179 Key Deer Blvd. in the Big Pine Key shopping plaza has now re-opened with modified hours and days on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturdays from 10 am- 3 pm. This Visitor Center serves the National Key Deer Refuge, Crocodile Lake NWR, Great White Heron NWR and Key West NWR. Residents and visitors are welcome to come on in, say hello and take advantages of the opportunities offered. Read the full story...

    Pair of Key deer. Photo by Bree McGhee, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • A hand painted sign on plywood welcoming residents back to the Keys

    Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex phased re-opening

    October 30, 2017 | 3 minute readOn September 5, 2017, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service closed all facilities and trails and cancelled all planned programs in the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge on Key Largo, the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key and the Key West and Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuges in the lower Keys as a result of Hurricane Irma. Like our neighbors, the Refuges and Refuge infrastructure sustained the whole spectrum of hurricane damage ranging from cosmetic to total destruction. Read the full story...

    Welcoming residents home to the Keys. Photo by USFWS.

  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size

    New survey shows Hurricane Irma had little impact on Key deer population

    October 23, 2017 | 3 minute readA new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey has found that Hurricane Irma killed some of Florida’s endangered Key deer, but that the overall population remains healthy. Prior to Irma, the Service estimated approximately 1,100 deer roamed their core habitats on Big Pine Key and No Name Key. After Irma, Service staff estimated the population at 949 Key deer in the same areas. “We are happy to report Key deer numbers are well within the range we observed before Irma,” said National Key Deer Refuge manager Daniel Clark. Read the full story...

    A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

  • A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.

    First, do no harm: keeping wildlife wild and healthy

    October 10, 2017 | 3 minute readVero Beach, Florida – The old doctors’ adage “First, do no harm” also applies to wildlife, in this case Key deer. Legitimately trying to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, well-meaning people have been providing a variety of food products (corn, dog/cat food, etc.) for Key deer and other wildlife. But feeding them could do more harm than good. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) strongly urges the public not to feed wildlife, particularly Key deer. Read the full story...

    A Key deer in velvet. Photo by USFWS.

  • A biologist looks out at the destruction and fallen vegetation outside the gate of the aviary.

    A tale of two photos

    October 6, 2017 | 3 minute readTo appreciate how one hurricane gave Puerto Rico only a glancing blow, while the next delivered a hit that left the island prone, you need only look at the two photos. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Irma. Photo by USFWS. Puerto Rican parrot aviary at Rio Grande after Hurricane Maria. Photo by USFWS. The photos depict the same place, the road leading into Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest. Read the full story...

    Looking out at Aviary gate towards the facility entrance. Photo by USFWS.

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