Category: Community Volunteers

2018 Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Summary

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

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 2018 sampling season (Sept-Oct 2018) was the 6th round of horseshoe crab nesting… Read More

Big year at Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup cause for concern?

a straw floats in algae

Right now, Hurricane Michael is barreling toward northwest Florida. Rightly so, the #1 priority for people is to prepare their home and business and stay safe. I evacuated my office earlier today and am sitting safe in Gainesville,… Read More

Redeeming a seawall

seawall with reef balls in front at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Shoreline armoring Most Floridians already know about the loss and degradation of our coastal habitats. One of the major causes of coastal habitat loss is shoreline armoring. Shoreline armoring, or hardening, occurs when seawalls, bulkheads, and large rocks… Read More

2018 Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup

Please join us for a fun-filled day of helping our coast! The International Coastal Cleanup is an annual event organized by the Ocean Conservancy – the Cedar Key community has been participating for over 10 years! Please come… Read More

Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch Spring 2018 Summary

horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Program Status Update We are in the midst of a very exciting time for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch! This spring, we trained coordinators for at least 10 new sampling areas during three training workshops and site visits. Folks… Read More

The making of an oyster reef

Almost 90% of the oyster reefs historically present along the Big Bend of Florida have been lost in recent decades. This is a tragic loss for the coastal zone, given the high value of oyster reefs for coastal… Read More

Donor Marsh at Duke Energy

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

The problem Habitat loss is a huge problem along the Gulf on Mexico coast. Many groups are attempting to address habitat loss via restoration. Restored habitats include marshes, oyster and coral reefs, and dunes. However, restoration requires access… Read More

Coastal Water Watch in Cedar Key

Nature Coast Water Watch logo and water background

What is Water Watch? Water Watch is a statewide program that trains citizen scientist volunteers to measure water quality along Florida’s coasts. In Cedar Key, the Water Watch program is a partnership with Florida LAKEWATCH. In Florida, LAKEWATCH volunteers… Read More

Establishing a Donor Marsh at Duke Energy

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

Calling all coastal habitat lovers! We are gearing up for a great project that will make shoreline restoration and enhancement projects such as living shorelines much easier in the Nature Coast! We need volunteers to help us install… Read More