KEYS GROUP CELEBRATES WILDLIFE REFUGE WEEK ON BIG PINE KEY

A curious Key deer at the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. KRISTIE KILLAM/Contributed

The Florida Keys Wildlife Society next month will celebrate the Fish & Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge Week on Big Pine Key. Events will highlight the flora, fauna and wildlife of the Keys’ wildlife refuges. 

Friday, Oct. 13 — Guided bird/nature walk in the Lower Keys, 8 to 9:30 a.m.  

Join the walk from 8 to 9:30 a.m. on Long Beach Road, Big Pine Key.

Bring comfortable closed-toe shoes (areas may be muddy), drinking water, sun protection and binoculars and a camera if desired. Event is free to join. RSVP to [email protected].

A redstart is seen in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. KRISTIE KILLAM/Contributed

Saturday, Oct. 14 — Native plant day/giveaway, 10 a.m. to noon

Find an impressive selection of native plants in the parking lot of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Nature Center, 30587 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key.

Pick up a complimentary native plant and listen to a presentation by Extension agent Maria Quirico, who will discuss the value of native plants. Learn about gardening with Florida Keys native plants. Talk with master gardeners. Ask plant questions, bring problem plants to the plant clinic. Visit the nature center and store and meet Katy, the new Refuge ranger. Meet members of the Florida Keys Wildlife Society at their information table. Learn what the society does. Discover volunteer opportunities. Enjoy complimentary food and refreshments sponsored by First Horizon Bank. 

Events and activities may be subject to change or cancellation.   

Where an activity has not been scheduled, take a walk or bicycle ride in the refuges where access allows, kayak the surrounding waters, have a picnic and enjoy the outdoors.Learn more about this program celebrated across the National Wildlife Refuge System at fws.gov/story/national-wildlife-refuge-week.