The City of Key West and Key West Wildlife Center welcomes the public to its Earth Day dedication at Indigenous Park from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday. Thanks to grants from the National Audubon Society and U.S. Fish Wildlife Service, the Key West Wildlife Center is now able to use the 9,000 gallon cisterns to fill its rehabilitation pools and clean the wildlife enclosures, saving over 5,000 gallons of potable water a month. The grant also purchased filter equipment to help the pool water stay cleaner longer. Staff will be giving tours of the system.
From 3 to 5 p.m., local youth are invited to help paint the cisterns with water saving educational messages. Then at 5 p.m., the public can plant butterfly and bird attracting ground covers around the cisterns. The final Arbor Day planting is of a blolly tree during the dedication ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
Preserve Island Life is the sustainability effort of the City of Key West. Find out about other events on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/preserveislandlife.