Chicken Key Cleanup Preparation

Professor John William Bailly of the FIU Honors College organizes kayak and canoeing excursions to the island Chicken Key in Biscayne Bay. Chicken Key is part of of the Deering Estate in Miami. The objective of the excursions is to clean the island to protect the habitat of the rich marine life of Biscayne Bay.

We will spend the day on an uninhabited island. There are no restaurants, no restrooms, and no water.

If you participating in the adventure, here is how to prepare:

  1. Bring lots of water. And then more water.
  2. Bring a lunch.
  3. Buy water shoes! Do not wear sandals. Nothing open toe.
  4. Bring a pair of gloves to pick up marine debris. Bring a marine knife if you feel comfortable with it. The knife is essential to remove fishing line and ropes tangled in the mangroves.
  5. Prepare to get wet. We will have the chance to swim in the bay. Bring a change of clothes and leave it in your car.
  6. Always wear sunscreen, and have bug spray with you to use as needed.
  7. Buy a waterproof case for your phone! Please feel free to bring your phone, GoPro or camera. Photos are not only allowed but encouraged. Please tag the Deering Estate on Social Media.
  8. Bring a mask, snorkel, and fins if you wish.
  9. There is a possibility of encountering some wildlife (manatees, sharks, turtles). You can always look, but never touch.
  10. Bravo. Chicken Key is home to several endangered or protected species. You’re helping make the world a better place.
FIU Honors College Chicken Key Armada (Photo by JW Bailly / CC BY 4.0)
Landing on Chicken Key (Phot0 by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)
Oscar Roa & Carolina Echeverri Valle in Chicken Key (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)
Bailly & Carolina Echeverri Valle in Chicken Key (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)
Miami in Miami swimming off Chicken Key (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)
Miami in Miami on Chicken Key (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)
FIU Honors College Chicken Key cleanup (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly 19 September 2022
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