Category: Coasts & Marine

Cedar Key Bird Rescue Hotline

Cedar Key Bird Rescue (CKBR) was founded in August 2016 by the Cedar Keys Audubon with support from several organizations. Supporters include the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, Florida Sea Grant, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), and Audubon… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Sea-level Rise and Saltmarsh Dynamics in the Gulf of Mexico, FL

Written by 2019 Summer Intern Sarah Tevlin, with hosts Carrie Adams and Stephanie Verhulst with UF IFAS Environmental Horticulture Department.  A Study in Splinters. This summer, I had the honor of working with the Carrie Adams Restoration and… Read More

Meet the bivalves

Bivalves are mollusks that have a two-part hinged shell which hides the soft-bodied animal inside. Clams, oysters, scallops and mussels are all considered bivalves. Let’s take a closer look at a couple. Bay Scallop Bay scallops (Argopecten irradians)… Read More

Pledge to be a seagrass safe boater!

Seagrass safe boating Summer boating season is in full swing! In my mind, almost nothing beats a beautiful day on the water. Florida has plenty of gorgeous coastal areas for boating, but boat traffic can take a toll… Read More

What’s new with Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch?

An ever-expanding volunteer base Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch (FHCW) is a citizen science program established along Florida’s coast in 2015. The spring 2019 sampling season (Mar-Apr 2019) was the 7th round of horseshoe crab nesting surveys and tagging… Read More

Preventing Summer Slide Made Easy: How Youth Engaged in UF/IFAS 4-H Marine Science Camp

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — We all look forward to summer vacation. It’s when many families take time to make the most of their adventures without having to worry about school projects, tests and homework. The downside of… Read More

Slake your thirst for water quality knowledge at our classes

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director, and Kevin O’Horan, Communications Coordinator Even as our annual summer rains have rolled in and nagging algal blooms have gradually given way, water remains a hot topic in our area, and… Read More

Healing scars: restoration of shallow seagrass banks

Experienced inshore boaters are all too familiar with the common sight of scarred seagrass. Seagrass meadows, located in shallow coastal waters, are vulnerable to damage by props, hulls, and anchors. The Nature Coast is especially vulnerable to scarring… Read More