Thursday, June 27, 2013
Mile Markers

FLORIDA KEYS

Mosquito spray schedule

A schedule of planned times, dates and locations of mosquito spraying is available online at www.keysmosquito.org, says the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District.

Helicopter, plane or truck spraying is covered. The site also allows readers to put in a request for an inspector to visit an address, and find out the answer to commonly asked questions.

"We encourage everyone to take a look at their own neighborhood maps online at www.keysmosquito.org to have a better understanding of spray routes and schedules," says the district's press release. The district also can be followed on Facebook and Twitter at Fl Keys Mosquito.

KEY WEST

Cleanup at Little Hamaca

Reef Relief invites all to help clean up one of the island's great natural areas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Little Hamaca Park preserves mangroves and hardwood hammock communities bordering the Salt Ponds in southern Key West. It is home to native flora and fauna including the rare white-crowned pigeon. "Help protect our coastal home by cleaning up this local treasure," organizers say.

Meet at the gate of Little Hamaca Park off Flagler Avenue. RSVP to 305-294-3100 or reefrelief@gmail.com. Reef Relief is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to improving and protecting our coral reef ecosystem. http://reefrelief.org.

BIG PINE KEY

Planned burns discussed

The Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuge Complex will host two meetings on July 9 to discuss upcoming habitat and fire management planning activities, as well as planned burns for the 2013 prescribed fire season.

The first will be held 1 to 3 p.m. at Refuge Headquarters, 28950 Watson Blvd.; the second will be 6 to 8 p.m. at the Big Pine Key United Methodist Church Community Building, 280 Key Deer Blvd.

Refuge biologists and fire staff will be on hand at both to talk about the upcoming Habitat Management Planning process, proposed revisions to the Fire Management Plan, and 2013 prescribed burn focus areas. The public is encouraged to attend.