Stewards of the Keys

Dan Davis: Steward of Environmental Artistry

Florida Keys artist Dan Davis, owner of the online Florida Keys Ocean Gallery, uses the ancient Japanese art of gyotaku to create prints from fish he catches in Keys waters. He also educates art lovers about the need to preserve local waters that are home to a vast array of prized game fish.

By |2021-09-07T19:04:48-04:00January 27, 2021|

Misha McRAE: Steward of a Rare Botanical Garden

As executive director of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, former ballet danseur Misha McRAE is preparing to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the 15-acre subtropical treasure. Described as the continental United States’ only frost-free tropical forest and botanical garden, the enchanted spot has been his passion since the late 1990s.

By |2021-09-07T18:44:04-04:00December 29, 2020|

Kelly McKinnon: Steward of Historic Pigeon Key

Kelly McKinnon, executive director of the Pigeon Key Foundation, is one of four residents of the historic island beneath the Middle Keys’ Old Seven Mile Bridge. The 5-acre Pigeon Key once housed laborers building the 1900s-era Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad, and Kelly is committed to its sustainability and future as a cultural attraction.

By |2021-09-07T19:00:43-04:00November 24, 2020|

Stephen Frink: Steward-Photographer of the Underwater World

Renowned photojournalist Stephen Frink, quite possibly the planet’s most prolific published underwater photographer, makes his home in Key Largo — a place he values for its incredible marine life population, offshore reef and legacy marine conservation restrictions. He’s passionate about using his stunning underwater images to inspire people to appreciate the coral reef.

By |2021-09-07T19:04:08-04:00October 28, 2020|

Brad Bertelli: Steward of Florida Keys History

As curator and historian at Islamorada’s Keys History & Discovery Center, Brad Bertelli is a storyteller who spins colorful tales with rich factual details about life in the Florida Keys. He has also authored several books — including two about snorkeling in Florida and the Keys, and one each about Key Largo and Islamorada.

By |2021-09-07T18:56:02-04:00September 30, 2020|

Mike Goldberg: Steward of Islamorada’s Coral Reef

In his previous life, Mike Goldberg was a Bear Stearns money manager. But things change, and a year ago, he and marine biologist Kylie Smith, a Florida Wildlife Commission scientist, spearheaded the founding of I.CARE — the Keys’ only Islamorada-based reef restoration organization — partnering with Mote Marine Laboratory and the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

By |2021-09-07T19:05:41-04:00August 26, 2020|

Jessica Ann Cecil: Steward of Marine Life Through Art

Islamorada artist Jessica Ann Cecil has a unique flair for painting marine life — and she’s passionate about using her art to connect patrons, clients and students with Florida Keys marine ecosystem conservation efforts. She often earmarks a percentage of art sales for Keys nonprofits including the Coral Restoration Foundation, Dolphins Plus and Save-A-Turtle.

By |2021-09-07T18:59:18-04:00July 29, 2020|

Kristie Killam: Steward of the Keys’ National Wildlife Refuges

Kristie Killam’s love of nature is an underlying theme in her life and career. As park ranger for the Florida Keys’ four national wildlife refuges, Kristie oversees the refuges’ Nature Center, opened last fall, and the nonprofit Florida Keys Wildlife Society “friends” group of volunteers and partners. She’s also a skilled nature photographer.

By |2021-09-07T19:01:27-04:00July 1, 2020|

Rachel Bowman: Steward of the Keys’ Native Fish

Rachel Bowman, the Florida Keys’ only female commercial lionfish harvester, is passionate about protecting native species by controlling the population of invasive lionfish. A licensed boat captain, she moved to the Keys nearly two decades ago. Now she captures thousands of pounds of lionfish annually, contributing significantly to the “conservation through consumption” movement.

By |2021-09-07T19:02:46-04:00June 10, 2020|

Lisa Mongelia: Steward of the Sea

Lisa Mongelia, the executive director of Islamorada’s History of Diving Museum, is a passionate diver. A member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary’s advisory council, she’s extremely active in protecting the oceans to benefit future generations. Her goals for the museum include increasing educational outreach and, through diving, leading Keys environmental initiatives.

By |2021-09-07T18:58:34-04:00April 29, 2020|
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