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Category: Coasts & Marine

Investigating drivers of seasonal shifts in fish abundance in the Homosassa River system

Written by Taylor Dluzniewski, M.S. in UF IFAS SFRC Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  Florida is home to the world’s highest density of springs and the largest springs by volume (Force 2000). A key feature of Florida springs is… Read More

What can mangroves do for you?

Mangroves on the move Mangroves are a group of salt-tolerant trees that thrive in coastal areas. In Florida, mangroves dominate most shorelines in the southern and central portion of the state. Mangroves are tropical plants that cannot tolerate… Read More

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension

Updated 03/15/20 As we continue to monitor COVID-19 in Florida, I wanted to take a moment to update our UF/IFAS Extension community about our current status, best practices and next steps. Please call your local UF/IFAS Extension office… Read More

Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) offers a chance to look deeper. Students develop… Read More

Citizen science training workshop for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch is a popular citizen science program where trained volunteers survey, measure, tag, and release horseshoe crabs on Florida’s beaches. Learn more about why we need to monitor our horseshoe crab populations in this post…. Read More

Spring 2020 Living Shoreline Volunteer Days

two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline

By Natalie Stephens Cedar Key locals, “snow birds”, Gainesville students, and travelers from all over are coming together to volunteer with the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station for their Spring 2020 living shoreline volunteer events! With groups ranging… Read More

Cedar Key Seabird Rescue: 2019 Summary

Cedar Key Seabird Rescue lead volunteer Crosby Hunt working with a local tour operator to capture an entangled pelican.

Years later, still helping birds Cedar Key Seabird Rescue was founded in August 2016 by the Cedar Keys Audubon with support from several organizations, including the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, Florida Sea Grant, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation… Read More

Seagrass restoration success rates revealed by new study

scarred seagrass

Seagrass restoration has a bad rap. Or, at least, recent studies about seagrass restoration report high costs and low success rates. But, much of what we know about seagrass restoration is buried deep in reports and permits, never… Read More

Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup Results 2019

plastic bottles fill a metal clam sculpture

Coastal cleanup by the numbers The 2019 Cedar Key version of the International Coastal Cleanup was a huge success! At least 168 volunteers removed 4,943 pounds of trash from local shorelines. That’s almost 2.5 tons of trash! While this… Read More