Florida Keys Traveler podcast

24: The Florida Keys’ Heritage of Conservation

Did you know the Florida Keys are the home of North America’s only coral barrier reef and some of the country’s oldest national wildlife refuges, sheltering creatures living only in the Keys?

Join host Elizabeth Harryman Lasley as we meet two women working to ensure large areas of the Keys remain a federally-protected safe haven for creatures on land and in the water.

You’ll hear from Sarah Fangman, superintendent of the 3,800-square-mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and Jennifer Feltner, biologist of the Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex, overseeing four protected refuges.

We’ll learn about significance of the national marine sanctuary and protected creatures such as the Key deer and Lower Keys marsh rabbit.

You can learn about the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary at floridakeys.noaa.gov or download its Explorer app at marinesanctuary.org/explorer. More about each refuge is at FWS.gov. Simply search for the Key West, Great White Heron, National Key Deer or Crocodile Lake national wildlife refuge.

For more details and travel inspiration, visit Fla-Keys.com. To call from the United States or Canada, dial 1 (800) FLA-KEYS or contact your travel advisor. Produced by Armchair Productions, the audio experts for the travel industry.

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