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  • News
    February 2 d 2016 We are excited to announce that Dan Clark has become our new team leader Dan holds a B S in Biology from the University of California San Diego 1992 where he conducted marine bacterial research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography He earned a M S from the University of Florida 2002 where he conducted applied research on invasive species ecology and management Click HERE for his bio New Visitor Center site is being prepared for construction Cleanup has begun at the site of the new Refuge Visitor Center on Overseas Highway just east of the traffic signal on Big Pine Key More than two dumpsters of garbage have been removed from the site in addition to concrete debris and chain link fencing Several invasive species were removed from the site as well as treated on the adjacent county owned lot Work will continue through the spring and summer of 2016 We now are partnered with Amazon If you purchase via THIS LINK using they will donate 0 5 of the price to US See the Help KDPA page for more info KDPA has endorsed an effort by the Florida Land and Water Legacy to pass a

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/News.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • links page - Key Deer Protection Alliance
    About Key Deer Newsletter Archive Join KDPA Links F Mannillo Trail Help KDPA KDPA News Happenings Links Local environmental organizations Last Stand Last Stand org Reef Relief ReefRelief org FAVOR

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/links.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Key Deer Protection Alliance Press Release
    slide show by nature photographers Dick Fortune and Sara Lopez A sample of their work can be seen on their website at www throughthelensgallery com Their images are unique and refreshing Dick s outlook and thirst for adventure has given him a different perspective when looking through the lens He has an uncanny eye for raw beauty that is more art than photography Sara s intuitive sense of what is beautiful when she looks through the lens allows her to capture her subjects essence as they come alive in her images Collectively their work is truly beautiful and exciting To be face to face with their subjects in remote wilderness areas and to experience a few precious moments in the lives and struggles these animals lead is an opportunity that most of us can only dream about Everyone who has seen their work raves about it In part the quality is attributable to a willingness to try to meet the subject on its own terms For example Dick does much of his shooting from a prone position which results in a uniquely realistic perspective Some of the quality is a product of persistence a willingness to seek out the right

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/20th_anniversary_celebration.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Frederick Mannillo Wheelchair Accessible Nature Trail - KEYDEER.ORG
    roots may produce a natural bonsai effect and a small tree may actually be quite old The Palms Three main types of palms grow along this trail the saw palmetto the thatch palm and the silver palm The saw palmetto Serenoa repens trunk generally grows along the ground rather than upright and has small spurs along the stem of the leaves The thatch palm Thrinax morrisii has pale green leaves whose fingers do not fully divide from each other as they approach the stem Thatch palms have a fine beard of old root mass which is forced upward as new roots are developed at the base The white berries of the thatch palm are an important food source for birds Key deer and other animals The fronds from these palms were used by Native Americans and early settlers as roofing material The silver palm Coccothrinax argentata has more slender fingers which divide more fully and the leaves are darker green on top and silver colored on the underside The fruit of the poisonwood tree supplements the diet of many birds and is a staple food for the threatened White crowned pigeon Poisonwood The poisonwood Metopium toxiferum bush or tree has shiny green ovate shaped leaves often with little black spots that are always in opposite pairs except for the single leaf at the end of the branch The sap from this tree causes a strong reaction in some people similar to that of poison ivy Therefore remember not to touch the leaves or branches of this tree A natural history journey The Florida Keys are not dry rocks surrounded by water The Keys are more like rigid sponges where water moves over under and all around The pine rockland is an open canopy with little underbrush But if you look carefully in the small solution holes along the trail you will see thriving colonies of delicate native herbs orchids and ferns with tiny fruits and flowers as well as interesting insects snakes and even fish The Pine Rocklands The pine rockland ecosystem combines a caprock substrate with slash pines Pinus elliottii var densa The slash pines were so named because they were slashed to harvest turpentine These pine rocklands contain more than 250 plant species The only pine rocklands in the United States are in South Florida and only five percent of the original stands survive today Eighty percent of the Florida Keys remaining pine rockland stands are here in the National Key Deer Refuge The pine forests need periodic fire to retain their unique identity The pines have a deep tap root to anchor their tall structures and to reach down to the fresh water lens Even the dead trees can stay upright for years serving as feeding areas for woodpeckers and observation posts for hawks and vultures W hen dead trees finally succumb to ants termites and weather decomposition is rapid leaving little debris on the forest floor The nutrients are soon recycled and do not remain to

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/f_mannillo_trail.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Alliance News - Key Deer Protection Alliance
    Archive Join KDPA Links F Mannillo Trail Help KDPA KDPA News Happenings Note Alliance News begins with Page 3 because pages 1 and 2 are the outside wrapper and the membership application which is elsewhere on this site see Join

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/alliance_news_win2003.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • Scholarships
    presented college scholarships to deserving students and this year is no different Teaming with the Friends and Volunteers of the Refuge FAVOR KDPA awarded 1 000 scholarships to Monroe County high school students one each to Key West High School and to Marathon High School Those recognized plan on majoring in biological science environmental science or a related field This year s recipients were Jesus Castillo II from Key West

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/Scholarships.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • KDPA Membership Application
    wish to join Memberships are 15 a year for individuals and 25 for families Dues run January 1 through December 31 The date next to your name on your newsletter mailing label is the year in which you last paid

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/PAGES/kdpa_membership_application.htm (2016-05-02)
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  • New Page 1
    returns you to the Photo Gallery This photo taken in the early 70s is of a Key deer fawn 1 to 2 hours old It weighed less than two pounds

    Original URL path: http://www.keydeer.org/images/wobby_fawn_400w.htm (2016-05-02)
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