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It took me about a second to realize I wasn’t moving it, so I marked the spot, reached out to my pal @andrewotazo and asked for a helping hand. He agreed, even though it was his “day off” (yeah, right!). We packed a pair of shovels, circled back just before sunset and, after about an hour, were able to claim it. Thanks for always answering the call, dude.
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We usually find discarded trap rope, AKA #ghostgear, floating in the #ocean or fouled up in the #mangroves. This tangled piece protruding from the #wrackline was discovered in an active #turtle nesting zone at #billbaggsstatepark.
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Please remember to remove litter and debris from the shorelines and refill any holes you may find on the beach. Kindly ask your neighbors to do the same. Thanks!
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#keybiscayne #wildlife #capeflorida #floridastateparks #beachcleanup #traprope #loggerheads #seaturtles #fillabag #chicospaddleclub #miamidadeseaturtles #volunteer #volunteercleanup #fillabag #ghostnets #bekind #educate
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Happy World Oceans Day! Pardon the language, but sometimes you just can’t contain yourself.
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🎥 @yourmomsbacon
#fillabag #pavones #orcas #killerwhales #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #puravida #costarica
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Remember when you would see gloves littered EVERYWHERE during Covid? Spotted this spillage on the way into @keybiscayne yesterday, and the PTSD kicked in…had to pull a U turn. #theglovechallenge
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#fillabag #keybiscayne #cleanups #gloves #marinedebris #crandonpark
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Mother Nature flexed at sunrise today.
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Spotted this graceful Great White Egret stalking a school of fish along a shoreline buffet. After a few near misses, it was rewarded for its perseverance.
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Egrets have bills designed like spears, but they can’t tear apart their prey like a hawk or eagle. After quickly stabbing a mullet and repositioning it in its long bill, it swallowed it whole with a saltwater chaser.
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Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature, and to all the mommas who taught us to love you.
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#wildlifeencounters #egrets #herons #birds #birdsofinstagram #fillabag #keybiscayne #beach #cleanups #beachclub
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Taking it to the streets! Massive shout out and gratitude to the 100 volunteers who came together for an Earth Day Community Cleanup in @keybiscayne on April 20th. You absolutely crushed it!! We can do better and this crew is proving that, indeed, it takes a village.
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Thank you community groups @azerowasteculture , @rotaryclubofkeybiscayne, @ittakesavillagekb, @kbcfoundation, Village Staff, @mayorjoerasco, and Village Public Works for your unwavering support towards a better tomorrow. See you out there!
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🎥 @pablosanchis #stiltsvillemedia
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#bekind #keybiscaynecommunityfoundation #keybiscayne #keyrats #community #cleanups #earthday #earthmonth
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Gotta love a good FIELD TRIP!!! Class was held #outside today as we teamed up with a stellar and energetic crew of 8th graders, and 3 of their fabulous teachers, from Mater International Preparatory.
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NONE of the 30 students had ever participated in a beach cleanup before, though you would’ve thought they were seasoned veterans.
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We spent time geeking out on the shorebirds and baitfish, and managed to remove 75 lbs. litter from their sanctuary. It was a good day.
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#volunteer #community #family #fillabag #mater #mdcps #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #pelicans #crandonpark #keybiscayne #earthmonth #earthday
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OSPREY vs. POWER LINE
Local Good Samaritans discovered a juvenile osprey in distress on Key Biscayne on Wednesday this week. It appeared dazed and unable to fly. Before approaching the animal they immediately called Wildlife Rescue of Dade County for guidance. Upon closer inspection they could see what appeared to be singed feathers, most likely from a power line encounter. After describing the situation over the phone, the wildlife specialist was able to give advice on how to safely secure the bird until help arrived.
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On the day after rescue, the veterinarian at the rehabilitation center reported:

“Just finished initial care of the osprey. It survived the initial care. I am worried because we have no way of knowing how bad the internal damage from the electrical energy is. If it survives the next few days we can start to think about long term rehab. It could take six months to grow those feathers back. For now, it’s on pain meds and antibiotics”
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If you encounter wildlife in distress, please reach out to local specialists for guidance before approaching the animal.
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Wildlife Rescue of Dade County call 305.342.1075 @wildliferescuedadecounty
Pelican Harbor Seabird Station call 305.751.9840 @seabirdstation
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#keybiscayne #wildlifeencounters #osprey #rescue #wildliferescue #fillabag #keyrats #birds #community #volunteer #heroes #nature
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We spotted this gut punch over Biscayne Bay yesterday.
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What’s it gonna take to break up with balloons, once and for all?
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#springbreakup #springbreak #miamibeach #balloons #balloonsblow #banballoons #fillabag #keybiscayne #beachcleanup #beach #miamibeachnews #cleanthisbeachup #cleanmiamibeach #biscaynebay
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Another day in paradise with Carver Middle School! We were stoked to celebrate our 5th collaboration together at #crandonpark on Saturday. Their sporty crew of 50 #students, staff and parents got after it and removed 179 lbs. of #marinedebris from the shorelines of the magnificent Bear Cut Preserve in Key Biscayne.
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“Thanks, gang, great work! Any final thoughts?”
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“Yeah, when’s the next #cleanup?”
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#biscaynebay #beachcleanup #fillabag #bearcut #crandonpark #keybiscayne #carvermiddleschool #mdcps #wildlife #birdsofinstagram #shorebirds #springbreak
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My Valentine circled back and masterfully held the course allowing us to scoop this #balloon from #biscaynebay. Thanks babe! 😘
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#fillabag #keybiscayne #marinedebris #balloonsblow #banballoons #valentine #levitas
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🎥 @davidaraujo.tv
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Teamed up with @the_nae_naes tribe for a fun and impactful day at #billbaggsstatepark making deeper and more meaningful connections with nature and each other. #dadventures
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#beachcleanup #fillabag #wildlifeencounters #volunteer #kbcf
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Orcas!! Once in a lifetime wildlife encounter off Pavones, Costa Rica. Great way to kick off an epic day with @pavonesfishing, celebrating @adri_masis and @gkalen’s wedding weekend on the water with friends. Pura vida!
🎥 @yourmomsbacon
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#orcas #wildlifeencounters #fillabag #pavones #puravida #pangas
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Find it, fill it…float it? Why not!
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This partial zodiac tender with a massive styrofoam block was rapidly breaking down when we discovered it on an island bird sanctuary in #biscaynebay. Our bad ass team of #volunteers was able to #repurpose it one final time, and float out part of today’s 1,188 lbs. haul of #marinedebris.
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#finditfillit #paddlecleanup #paddleforplastic #ghostgear #volunteers #wildlife #beachcleanup #beaweirdo #padl #coconutgrove #peacockpark #fillabag #community #communityservice #cityofmiami #kayak #supcleanup
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The road less traveled…
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#billbaggsstatepark #ridepriority #keybiscayne #cleanups #beachcleanup #sunrise #johnnycash #nature #fillabag #therapy #priority #prioritybicycles
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Ditch single use plastic. Choose reusable. Repost 🎥@flyfishingnassau Baby Nurse Shark In Plastic Garbage Bag.
Let’s keep our Oceans clean so things like this don’t happen!

#fillabag #dontpollute #donttrashourtreasure #cleanup #mangroves #wildlife #wildlifeencounters
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Balloons blow.
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#fillabag #keybiscayne #mangroves #wildlife #cleanup #cleanups #crandonpark #popupcleanup #balloons #volunteercleanup #thekinks
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Greetings! Please find our#givemiamiday donor link in Bio today through November 16. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORT! ...

We are always better when we’re together with the “Kids4Ocean & Beyond” club from Carver Middle School.
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To support impactful programing with local area youth, please consider donating on #givemiamiday from Nov.13-16. Giving link in Bio beginning Nov. 13.
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11/11/23
15 Volunteers
147 lbs.
Crandon Park, Key Biscayne
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#beachcleanup #fillabag #ghostgear #trashaconda#crandonpark #keybiscayne #keylife #keyrats #volunteer #jackjohnson #kbcf #kids #fullsend #miamifoundation #miamidadecounty
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International Coastal Cleanup 2023
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What a day! Thank you to the 54 volunteers ages 3-70 who joined us by SUP, kayak and boat. Together we removed 640 lbs. of debris from the living shoreline of mangroves in Key Biscayne.
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Massive shout out to @volunteercleanup for their leadership organizing 58 crews and 2,929 volunteers around Miami-Dade County who rallied and combined to pull 22,233 lbs. of debris from our waterways during this year’s event. #becausemiami
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Special thanks to Florida Inland Navigation District for your added support. #paddlecleanup #keybiscayne #mangrove #manglife #livingshoreline #fillabag #donttrashourtreasure #marinedebris #beachcleanup #crandonpark #wildlife #volunteers #volunteercleanup #icc2023 #icc #oceanconservancy #MiamiCleanup2023 #SeaTheChange #internationalcoastalcleanup
#community #tedx
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International Coastal Cleanup 2023. See you out there!
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#beachcleanup #cleanups #icc2023 #volunteer #volunteercleanup #donttrashourtreasure #marinedebris #icc #keybiscayne #paddlecleanup
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Every piece matters. 😞
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#donttrashourtreasure #beachcleanup #plasticsymptoms #marinedebris #fish #fillabag #keybiscayne #sunrise #ocean #oceanlife
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Please join us, and show your love for Mother Ocean on Saturday September 16th during International Coastal Cleanup day. You’ll be launching your watercraft into the mangroves from the boat ramp at Crandon Park Marina in Key Biscayne. Meet up is at 9am. Please find Registration link in bio.
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If you can’t bring your own SUP or kayak, link in bio to PRE-RESERVE and RENT one from our pals @ridepadl and it will be delivered to the launch zone. Inventory is limited, so if you need one, act now!
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This is an all ages event, children must be accompanied by an adult.
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#mangrove #icc2023
#donttrashourtreasure #paddlecleanup #paddle #sup #supcleanup #keybiscayne #fillabag #kbcf #miami #boteboards #gillmarine #volunteer #volunteercleanup #padl # jimmybuffett
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You never know what you’re going to find during a beach cleanup. We were lucky to witness a rare daytime hatch yesterday.
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Turtle season is active through October, so please remember to fill your beach holes…and kindly encourage your neighbors to do the same.
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#beachcleanup #turtleseason #seaturtles #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #donttrashourtreasure #greensockmovement #fillabag #keybiscayne #loggerheads
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This summer we joined @rozaliaproject aboard their oceanographic research vessel, American Promise, for a remote island cleanup expedition off mid coast Maine.
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Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing and trapping #ghostgear degrades over time, releasing hundreds of #microplastics per meter, wreaking havoc on wildlife and the environment.
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Teamwork made the dream work for our multi-generational crew of 9. Over 6 days, we collected, tallied, recorded and removed thousands of pieces of beached debris from the rocky island shorelines of Penobscot Bay, Maine. Data tallies to follow. Thank you Jake, Ashley, Amy, Adam, Thad, Lillian, Piper and Quinn for an unforgettable adventure. You are legends!
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#rozalia #rozaliaproject #bluescholars #fillabag #gulfofmaine #mcht #mainecoastheritagetrust #marinedebris #ghostgear #lobstertraps #frenchboro #beachcleanup #sailing #maine #penobscotbay #hurricaneisland #gulfofmaine #camden
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Remote island cleanup expedition in mid coast Maine with the @rozaliaproject. ...

REPOST: Mood: Ayudando al mundo 🌎 una bolsa a la vez #SomosVida

Protagonistas: @fillabag & Into The Wild Camp de @lallanada.fl @keybiscayne.

🙋🏻‍♂️ Manny de @fillabag visitó el Desafío 3 para explicarnos sobre nuestro impacto en el medio ambiente

🚮 Entendimos que limpiando nuestras playas dejamos una huella inmensa que impacta al mundo y la vida de futuras generaciones

🏝️ Nos pusimos en acción y nos fuimos juntos a la playa a convertirnos en #IMPACTERS

💚 Nos sentimos felices porque gracias a Manny y a @fillabag nos divertimos con propósito

Pantone:
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#IntoTheWildCamp
#Verano2023
#LaLlanada
#KeyBiscayne
#TerritorioLlanada
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Found and removed a container filled with 15 gallons of fuel from the dunes at the Bear Cut preserve during a #beachcleanup with South Miami K8 School’s National Junior Honor Society last weekend.
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Rather than carry the 90 lbs. juggie 1/2 a mile back to base camp, our pals from @biscaynenaturecenter and @miamidadecountyparks answered the call and hauled it home.
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A diverse population of shorebirds inhabit this corner of paradise on #keybiscayne. We love observing them in their native habitat, and are thankful to the students, teachers, parents and Park Staff for their efforts.
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21 volunteers
146 lbs. marine debris removed
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#fillabag #beachcleanup #mdcps #wildlife #wildlifeencounters #herons #pelicans #crandonpark #keybiscayne #volunteers #volunteercleanup #teachers #bearcut #osprey
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It takes a Village.
#trashaconda #keybiscayne #fillabag #volunteers #sunrise #beachcleanup #beaweirdo #villageofkeybiscayne
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Thank you @billbaggsstatepark Rangers Alex and Hugo, and turtle volunteers Rumya and Karen for coming to the rescue. Together we removed a massive bundle of #traprope from the shoreline of #capeflorida state park during a sunrise paddle on a picture perfect day.
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Initially, I was only able to cut off about 1/4 of what turned out to be a 300 lbs. death trap. I needed help. After waving down the trusty turtle trackers on their ATV, we radioed the rangers; “We’re going to need shovels and muscle!”
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Luckily, I brought my new @gillmarine serrated knife, and Ranger Alex skipped the gym earlier that day!
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#fillabag #sup #supcleanup #ghostnets #keybiscayne #floridastateparks #gillmarine #donttrashourtreasure #kbcf #friendsofcapeflorida #rangers #greatwhiteheron #shorebirds #paddlecleanup #padl
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This adult Yellow crowned Night Heron calls the #mangroves along the #viscaya gardens home. During an early morning site visit for an upcoming #cleanup, we were lucky to witness its highly adapted hunting prowess; quickly catching, disarming, cracking, crunching, and ingesting a feisty crab.
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Crabs play important roles within the mangrove #ecosystems. Besides being a food source for #birds, their larvae is a staple for juvenile fish along the coastal waterways.
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Crabs also dig burrows which aerate the sediment, diminish the effect of extreme temperatures, and serve as water reservoirs within the #livingshoreline.
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#wildlifeencounters #nightheron #shorebirds #mangroves #manglife #viscaya #fillabag #cleanups #beachcleanup #crabs #nightheron #birds
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Scientists estimate that by the year 2050, 99 percent of all pelagic birds will have consumed plastic at some point in their lives.
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Today we spotted a seagull scoop a piece of latex during a beach cleanup with @vassarclubsouthflorida. Luckily, it wasn’t a clean getaway.
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We like watching birds, especially the variety of resident and migratory #shorebirds that call #keybiscayne home. Thank you @vassarclubsouthflorida for removing 30 lbs. of plastic and marine debris from the #bearcut preserve sanctuary today. Every piece matters.
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#wildlife #wildlifeencounters #fillabagkb #fillabag #crandonparkbeach #crandonpark #vassar #keybiscayne #pelicans #pelicanharbor #seabirds #manomet #plovers #sandpipers #wildmiami #osprey
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A successful #greenturtle rehab and release today at @billbaggsstatepark The veterinarian team from @zoomiami was kind enough to patch her up and share her story before returning her back home on a glorious Spring day.
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Please remember to fill your beach holes, as the #nestingseason is here! Kindly encourage friends, family, and even strangers, to do the same. It matters. And fill a bag, when you can✌🏽
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See you out there!
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#greenturtle #ecowarriors #fillabag #billbaggs #cleanup #beachcleanups #ghostgear #turtleseason #turtles #keybiscayne #capeflorida #chicospaddleclub #zoomiami #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #friendsofcapeflorida
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Ms. Moore and the Key Biscayne K-8 Center middle schoolers showed their love for the environment over two days this week. Together they removed 178 lbs. of litter from the Village streets, sidewalks, parks, bus shelters, parking lots and swales.
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This spirited crew of 75 teens and a few hero teachers uncovered some strange finds…as well as a few treasures. Most importantly, none of the litter recovered will end up in the waterways that surround their island paradise. Great job gang. The future is bright!
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#keybiscayne #keyrats #dontpollute #donttrashourtreasure #fillabag #fillabagkb #litterfreeflorida #litter #streetcleanup #marinedebris #strangestfind #trashortreasure #kbk8 #middleschool #teachers
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Find it, fill it.
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#chicospaddleclub #mangroves #cleanup #paddlecleanup #paddleforplastic #padl #bote #boteboards #wildlifeencounters #wildlife #finditfillit #keybiscayne #skihole #greensockmovement #sup #supcleanup #finditfillit #fillabag #fillabagkb
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We were kind. Really.
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Filling balloons with confetti for a party. At the beach. Smh.
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#donttrashourtreasure #balloonsblow #crandonparkbeach #crandonpark #partyfouls #keybiscayne #balloons #chicospaddleclub
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Wildlife encounters
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#keybiscayne #donttrashourtreasure #recycle #compost #sortyourtrash #plasticsymptoms #singleuseplastic #wildlife #wildlifeencounters #billbaggsstatepark #billbaggs #florida #floridastateparks #capeflorida #chicospaddleclub #zerowaste #elfarito #refusesingleuseplastic #racoon
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The 2022 Key Biscayne Mangrove Cleanup Tour wrapped up today @billbaggsstatepark.
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5 Events
184 Volunteers
3,845 lbs. of marine debris removed from the living shorelines of #biscaynebay
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Thank you @miamiecoadventures, @kbcfoundation and @kbcitizenscience for the collaboration, and thank you FIND; Florida Inland Navigation District for the generous support.
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#fillabag #chicospaddleclub #keybiscayne #billbaggs #billbaggsstatepark #greensockmovement #paddleforplastic #paddlecleanup
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HOOK, LINE & SINKER!
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Today we spotted an immature Reddish Egret in distress, pecking at a fishing line and sinker dangling from its wing.
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I immediately reached out to @seabirdstation to report an animal in distress and seek their guidance.
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On standby, they waited for further information from us, but based on the situation and previous encounters we’ve had, we felt confident we could safely capture the bird and remove the fishing line without harming the egret. We updated them throughout the process.
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I asked the beach goers who first observed the bird if they could bring down shears or a knife from their condo. “Oh, and see if you can find a long pool net while you’re up there, too, please!”
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Working together, we were able to safely capture the bird and remove the line and sinker without causing too much stress on this beautiful animal. At the last second before the release, we also found and dislodged the hook, which was buried under its wing!
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In an apparent sign of gratitude, it stuck around for a minute and literally shook it off. So cool!
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If you’re in South Florida, find an injured animal in distress and want to help, please reach out to Pelican Harbor Seabird Station for guidance.
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CALL (305) 751-9840 OR TEXT (786) 459-9155
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🎥 @mistaaated
#keybiscayne #wildlifeencounters #fillabag #birds #birdsofinstagram #billbaggsstatepark #billbaggs #chicospaddleclub #wildlife #ghostgear #marinedebris #egrets #egretsofinstagram
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WARNING: Graphic images.
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The buffet was open less than 2 miles offshore between #keybiscayne and #foweylight today.
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Aboard a 22’ open fisherman, @matirionda and his pals were fortunate to witness this epic #wildlife encounter. At first they thought it may have been marine debris, or an abandoned Cuban raft. But as they approached, they discovered several species of sharks, including a few big Tigers, feasting on a (Sperm?) whale in less than 10’ of water. Wow!!
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#keyrats #biscaynebay #billbaggsstatepark #natureismetal #tigersharks #sharks #fillabag #chicospaddleclub #fowey #miami #nature #natgeo #wildlifeencounters
🎥 @matirionda
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@natureismetal
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Beauty and the beach.
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#keybiscayne #chicospaddleclub #fillabag #donttrashourtreasure #osprey #oceanconservancy #wildlife #beachcleanups #beachcleanup
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