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  • A deer similar in appearance to a white-tailed deer, but much smaller in size
    Information icon A Key deer on Big Pine Key in Florida. Photo by Garry Tucker, USFWS.

    Key deer among many Florida Keys species facing Irma

    September 11, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Less than a year after surviving a rugged screwworm infestation, the Florida Keys’ Key deer now must contend with Hurricane Irma. Some fans of the endangered species are worried. Catastrophic storms like Irma raise questions about wildlife, nature and impacts to their populations. At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex, there are nearly 25 threatened and endangered wildlife and plants. “When you know there are 130 mile-per-hour winds and 10 feet of storm surge shoving into the Keys, that’s big,” said Dan Clark, project leader for the complex.  Read the full story...

  • Bright red and yellow flowers emerge from a spiky cactus.
    Blooming cactus. Photo by Ketzirah Lesser, CC BY-SA 2.0.

    Reintroduction of Florida semaphore cactus to Florida Keys

    August 25, 2015 | 4 minute read

    David Bender is the type of guy who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty, in fact, he wants to - - as long as plants are involved, particularly those that are threatened or endangered. In May 2014, Bender, a botanist with the South Florida Ecological Services Office, traveled to Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and National Key Deer Refuge in the Florida Keys with co-workers Anthony Sowers and Brian Powell to plant 350 Florida semaphore cacti.  Read the full story...

  • A small deer with velvet covered antlers in a recently burned forest.
    A Key deer in velvet. Photo by USFWS.

    Stimulus funds help determine future of endangered key deer at Florida Keys Refuge

    April 27, 2010 | 6 minute read

    The petite Key deer is dependent on fresh water in a place where fresh water can sometimes be scarce – the Florida Keys, the only place where the Key deer lives. At National Key Deer Refuge, fresh water collects in small ponds that form in the limestone, known as solution holes, providing life for the refuge’s federally listed Key deer population. But are the solution holes plentiful enough, and fresh enough, to support the refuge’s deer?  Read the full story...

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