Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying… Read More

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Summary 2017

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch

Dedicated volunteers drive the program Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch (FHCW) is a citizen science program that is quickly becoming established along Florida’s coast. The fall 2017 sampling season (Sept-Oct 2017) was the 4th round of horseshoe crab nesting… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Monitoring Water Quality in Suwannee’s Springs

Jordana in a spring on the Suwannee

NCBS Intern Report By: Jordana Cutajar, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Darlene Velez of the Suwannee River Water Management District What’s after graduation? An internship! I had always been passionate about environmental science, but was… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Fisheries Independent Monitoring

NCBS intern Courtney S holding a grouper on a FIM offshore trip

NCBS Intern Report By: Courtney Stachowiak, Intern with the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and FWC’s Fisheries Independent Monitoring Program in Cedar Key Getting a start in Fisheries Science This summer I had the privilege of working… Read More

Making Healthier Convenience Food Choices

  Convenience foods are foods that require little to no preparation.  Although it helps when you are in a time crunch, sometimes unhealthy choices are made.  Being aware of the healthiest options will make your life easier in… Read More

Some Tips for Determining Winter Forage Needs

hay rolls in field

Here are some tips for determining winter forage needs of the cow herd/ Also attached is the 2017 Cool-Season Forage Variety Recommendations for Florida. Forage species, fertilization program, growing conditions, forage maturity, and harvest management all interact to affect… Read More