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Tag: coastal habitat

Discover living shorelines

shoreline with transplanted marsh grass that will grow into a living shoreline

Going virtual Like everyone, we are scrambling to adapt our educational programming in the era of social distancing. Our Discovery Days are one of the most beloved programs at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. Normally, we would… Read More

Coastal Shoreline Restoration from the couch

two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline

Going virtual In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats – or, at least, we were until COVID-19 threw a wrench in our plans. But we press on! We are excited to announce… 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

Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program

volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

This course has been cancelled – see here for the rescheduled hybrid distance option. An ideal natural classroom In Cedar Key, we are actively working to restore and enhance shoreline habitats. There are many volunteer opportunities available, but… 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

What’s going on along Cedar Key’s shorelines?

A fyke net captures organisms as they flee from the marsh on a falling tide

Coastal change is obvious along Cedar Key’s shorelines. One of the most noticeable changes is rapid erosion along the shorelines of Daughtry Bayou. Erosion is a natural process in coastal ecosystems but becomes an issue when it threatens… Read More