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Category: Wildlife

Diving into sea urchin feeding behavior: which seagrass plant is the tastiest and why?

sea urchin

Written by Jamila Roth, a Ph.D. student in UF/IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment   Sea urchins are marine invertebrates that look like spiny pin cushions. They live in coastal areas and eat large amounts of underwater plants,… Read More

Catch the Nature Coast Currents

Since our ribbon cutting in 2017, the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station has hosted annual Open House events. Our staff looked forward to it every year as a valuable chance to chat about our work. This year, we… Read More

If you build it, oysters will come

checking out oysters and reef balls

Globally, oyster reefs are in free-fall. Disappearing faster than we can restore them, oyster reefs are one of the most threatened habitats on the planet. They are also one of the most valuable. Oysters create structure favored by… Read More

Coastal job available: Oyster reef monitoring technician

About the job Temporary OPS field technician positions are available to help with monitoring activities associated with the Lone Cabbage Reef oyster restoration project. The position involves assisting the research coordinator and graduate students with extensive field work… Read More

Virtual training for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch now live!

Living fossils, online! It’s clear that people love horseshoe crabs all over the state! The Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch citizen science program is strong and growing rapidly statewide. Unfortunately, we had to cancel or postpone many training workshops… Read More

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

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

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

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