FAVOR Florida Keys – Outdoor Fest!

Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges’ Outdoor Fest – March 10-17, 2017 –  is a celebration of the unique plant and animal species and rare habitats that are found only in the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. Guided walks, bike rides, kayak excursions, photography workshops, ‘Nature Therapy’, plus an interesting lecture series, and more let you see the refuges […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Checking in at Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park is making a graceful comeback following Hurricane Irma. The park was in the path of the dreadful northeast quadrant of the powerful Category 4 storm that devastated the Florida Keys in September 2017. Although much of the native vegetation perished in the storm, the trees and plants that survived are growing […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

National Key Deer Refuge Offering Free Guided Nature Excursions

The Florida Keys Wildlife Society, a friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Complex and the National Key Deer Refuge, kicks off this season’s full moon kayak excursions Monday, Jan. 29, departing at 4 p.m. from Big Pine Kayak Adventures on Bogey Road. The two-hour paddle traverses through the National Key Deer Refuge. […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Key Deer Kidnapping Case Back in State Court

One of two mainland men who hogtied three Key Deer and put them in the back of a car in July serving a year sentence in federal prison is due in state court next month to plead guilty to state charges. Erik Yosany Damas Acosta, 18, of Miami Gardens, and Tumani Anthony Younge, 23, of […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Chance to Win a Florida Keys Angling Vacation

Sponsored by The Monroe County Tourist Development Council, 1201 White Street, Suite 102 Key West, Florida 33040. Winning a Florida Keys Angling Vacation could be as simple as following the Florida Keys Facebook page and entering the #FishFLKeys trip giveaway, part of a four-month social media program that launched Monday. The program spotlights the Keys’ recreational […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

After Hurricane Irma Tough Living on Big Pine Key Drags On

Lori Jones and Kim Kenney continue to live in this tent after Irma. Living situations vary widely on Big Pine Key almost three months after Hurricane Irma, which scattered residents after pummeling the island and leaving scores of heavily damaged homes and businesses behind. Some live in hotels paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Hurricane Irma – Volunteer for Florida Keys Recovery

People and parties interested within Monroe County Florida in response to Hurricane Irma  Volunteer for Florida Keys Recovery may register to do so at www.volunteerflorida.org/irma/. How to Volunteer for Florida Keys Recovery Efforts September 25, 2017 People and parties interested in volunteering within Monroe County Florida in response to Hurricane Irma may register to do so at www.volunteerflorida.org/irma/.  […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Sharks of Big Pine Key – Sportsman’s Adventures 2017

While the flats are usually a quiet place, the sharks of Big Pine Key make their presence known with loud drag screams and high jumping.   Welcome to Sportsman’s Adventures — Florida’s most popular fishing show. Join South Florida fishing guide and tournament professional Capt. Rick Murphy as he shares his knowledge gained from a […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Monroe County Exploring Uses For Old Big Pine Key Road Prison

It’s still up in the air what might become of the former Big Pine Key Road Prison property. Since the state facility shut down operations of the minimum-security prison on Key Deer Boulevard in April rather than pay for needed repairs and to upgrade its sewer system, the county has shown interest in obtaining the […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Seacamp 2017 Summer Camp – Big Pine Key

Each of our four Summer Camp sessions is jam packed with exciting adventures in the Florida Keys. Returning campers are recommended to participate in our 18-day sessions to gain the most from their continuing experience. 2017 Dates 18 Day Sessions (Ages 12-17, co-ed) Session 1: June 24th – July 11th Session 2: July 14th – July 31st 7 Day […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Texas A&M Helping Find ‘Key’ to Preserving Endangered Florida Key Deer

For the past several months, a Texas A&M University System institute has been actively involved in efforts to quash a screwworm outbreak in Florida that has jeopardized an already endangered species, said the director for the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. “While there had been no screwworm outbreaks in the U.S. for the past 30 years, […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

County and Key Deer Refuge Projects on Tap in Big Pine Key in 2017

Monroe County has a handful of projects on tap for the Big Pine Key area in 2017. They include, among others, sea level rise prevention work that’s one of a two-part pilot program in the Florida Keys, a revamp of a popular swimming hole and some more smaller jobs like installing a kayak launch in […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Looe Key Snorkeling Some of the Best in the Florida Keys – Video

Just east of Key West, Looe Key snorkeling is considered by many locals as the best snorkeling in the Florida Keys. During a snorkel at Looe Key, you may encounter black-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles, parrotfish, anglefish, filefish, butterflyfish and stingrays. There are healthy formations of elkhorn coral and firecoral along with magenta sea fans […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Big Pine Key Swimming Hole Amended Design Up For Vote

A familiar recreational area set for a major facelift in the coming years is looking for Monroe County approval to its amended plan. The Big Pine Key swimming hole, located near Pine Channel Bridge, will eventually be transformed into what county officials describe as a park, with multiple amenities to the public. An updated design […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Key Deer Refuge Preserving Organs from Dead Deer

As a backup plan to prevent species extinction, a federal agency has started harvesting reproductive organs from dead Key deer. The animals, only found in the Lower Keys, suffered a heavy blow to their population over the last few months from the flesh-eating New World screwworm. While the screwworm eradication effort has prompted the release […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Key Deer encounter on Florida’s Big Pine Key – Video

Published on Dec 4, 2016 A close encounter with several endangered Key Deer on Florida’s Big Pine Key. They are very tame. We never fed any of these animals. We stayed in the house for 10 days and I think they just grew accustomed to us. It got to the point where they would walk […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

National Key Deer Refuge – Population Studies Drive Management Actions

The number of Key deer deaths due to New World screwworm infestation has remained stable at 132 for more than a week; however, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are remaining diligent with protection measures to save this endangered species. The screwworm outbreak has increased the normal mortality rate within the small population of […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Emergency Declared After Flesh-Eating Screwworm Found in Florida Keys

The fearsome screwworm is back. Federal officials have identified a small outbreak of the insect, also known as the New World screwworm fly (Cochliomyia hominivorax), in a population of deer and possibly some pets in Big Pine Key, Florida. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed that the pest […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Diving Big Pine Key Adolphus Busch Sr – Video

Marked by a series of mooring buoys, the remains of the Adolphus Bush, a 210-foot freighter, lay 6 miles southwest of Big Pine Key. The vessel was originally named Ocean Alley but was later renamed Adolphus Busch after the senior member of the Busch brewing family. This ship was intentionally sunk in 100-feet of water […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Things to Do In And Around Key West : For Animal Lovers

Want to get to know Key West wildlife? (And no, we’re not talking about nightly festivities at Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street.) If you’re the kind of person who always puts the local zoo on your travel itinerary, or who fumbles over your camera every time a squirrel or lizard make an appearance during vacation, […]
Continue reading…

Enjoyed this post? Share it!