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Welcome to our website!  We are the Key Deer Protection Alliance.  We're here to tell you about the Key deer, a very special endangered species unique to the Florida Keys, and how they (hopefully) are being saved from extinction... if their habitat doesn't keep disappearing.  As our name says, we are a group of citizens dedicated to protecting these endearing creatures, as extinction of any species bodes ill for our own survival.  

Please look around our website by clicking on the subjects on the menu to your left.  Enjoy learning about the Key deer and their existence on these islands, the threats they face, and about our organization and how we're helping to ensure survival of the Key deer.  And please consider joining KDPA.



Next Meeting Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00 P.M.

Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine


Jerry Lorenz, PhD, Research Director, Florida Audubon 


What:    Key Deer Protection Alliance General Membership Meeting

When:   7:00 PM, Thursday, November 12, 2015

Where:  Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church*, 1250 Key Deer Blvd., Big Pine Key (*please note location change)

 Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay: Pink Canaries in a Coal Mine

The human population explosion in southern Florida has had a dramatic effect on Roseate Spoonbills, an iconic species in our area. Audubon has an 80-year record on spoonbill nesting patterns in Florida Bay; this, combined with the personal experience of Dr. Lorenz in studying the fish on which spoonbills feed, produces a clear picture of how the destruction of wetlands for urban and agricultural use have not only endangered spoonbills but myriad other creatures and entire ecosystems -- ecosystems that drive our tourist-based economy. Like the proverbial canary in a coal mine, Roseate Spoonbills are telling us there is something drastically wrong in our environment, and continued runaway development, significantly altering fresh water flows from the Everglades, will not only ruin our remaining wild areas but our lifestyles as well.

Jerry Lorenz comes with sterling credentials, both from academia and field research. He holds a BS in biology (Northern Kentucky University; 1987), a MS in Zoology (Miami University, Oxford, OH; 1990) and a PhD in Marine Biology & Fisheries (University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences; 2000). Since 1989, Jerry has been a staff scientist for the Audubon Society and has been primary investigator of the National Audubonís Florida Bay Estuarine Research Project since 1992. In 2000, Jerry became research director at Florida Audubon's Tavernier Science Center and was named state research director for Florida Audubon in 2005. He serves as a member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Florida Oceans and Coastal Resources Council.




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KDPA has endorsed an effort by the Florida Land and Water Legacy to pass a constitutional amendment. Check the NEWS & HAPPENINGS page for more info and the petition.

Meetings start at 7:00 PM  
(Second Thursday of the months of Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr)

Election of Board of Directors at the November meeting


KDPA will celebrate 26 years this year!!!

The Articles of Incorporation of the organization were filed with the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations on May 2, 1989

Click here for some photos from the April 9 (2009) meeting and 20th anniversary celebration.

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