On September 10, 2017 Hurricane Irma blasted through the Florida Keys causing immeasurable damage to homes and land. The eye of the storm went right over the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key with 130 mph winds and gusts of almost 160. The Key Deer herd was impacted but survive. Damage assessments will continue for some time and recovery efforts are ongoing. Click here for the latest Hurricane Irma Impacts and Updates from the Refuge.
FAVOR - Friends And Volunteers Of Refuges - Florida Keys, the official friends group for the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges, is a non profit organization whose mission is to support the National Wildlife Refuges of the Florida Keys through education, non adversarial advocacy, volunteerism and fundraising.
If you are visiting the Keys or if you live here, you will soon find that the refuges are a big part of life in this special place. Four National Wildlife Refuges protect the land, water, and species throughout the Keys; Crocodile Lake NWR at the north end of the Keys is home to many protected species including the American Crocodile; Great White Heron NWR encompasses much of the backcountry in the Lower Keys; Key West NWR at the southernmost end of the island chain including the Marquesa Keys; National Key Deer Refuge, centered on Big Pine Key, is home to the Refuges' Visitor Center, the Key Deer Bookstore, and the adorable, endangered Key deer.
Visitors and residents alike can be part of FAVOR and help the Refuges by volunteering, participating in one of our fun events, donating, or becoming a member!
FAVOR's volunteers help maintain trails and habitats, participate in regular environmental trash clean ups on beaches and wild areas, and help visitors understand the unique environment and the species that are being protected by the Refuges throughout the Keys. They also operate the Key Deer Bookstore & gift shop at the Refuges' Visitor Center on Big Pine Key.
Our THIRD Annual OUTDOOR FEST! March 10-17, 2018 Join us for a week of outdoor adventures and hands-on activities co-sponsored by FAVOR and the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges. Enjoy guided birding and nature walks, a historical bike ride, art and photography workshops, kids programs, a behind the scenes kayak excursion into the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge, and so much more! See the effects of hurricanes on native habitats and learn what's being done to help restore these precious areas/
4th Annual Run With Deer 5K is Saturday March 17, 2018 on Big Pine Key.
FAVOR is the beneficiary of the 22nd Annual EARTH DAY 5K Run in Key West Saturday April 14th 2018.
Would you like to help with Hurricane Irma Recovery efforts on the Key Deer Refuge? You can donate to FAVOR, the official Friends Group for the Florida Key National Wildlife Refuges.