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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

NCBS Oyster Habitat Project Update

Reef ball monitoring

Last year, we installed several habitat enhancement measures around the seawall at the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. Among other things, we increased the habitat complexity in front of the seawall. We did this by adding limerock boulders… Read More

Congratulations to the Nature Coast Champions!

Nature Coast Champion Award Plaques

We are pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural class of the Nature Coast Champion award! The Nature Coast Champion is a new award program initiated by the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. The awards recognize people… Read More

Living Shoreline Master Plan for Cedar Key

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

Living Shoreline Guidance at a Local Scale In recent years, sea-level rise, erosion, and loss of habitat around Cedar Key have become increasing concerns. Homeowners and land managers should critically evaluate how “gray” a shoreline erosion solution really… 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

NCBS Intern Report: Investigating Strategies, Benefits and Stakeholder Preference of “Living Shorelines”

Living Shoreline

NCBS Intern Report written by Vita Repina, with Host Mark Clark Reviving the Shoreline Being able to tell my friends and family that I work on the beach was one of my favorite things when I was asked… 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

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

Spring 2018 Nature Coast Master Naturalist Courses

a shoreline with transplanted marsh grass

A Perfect Backdrop for Learning Florida’s Nature Coast provides an ideal natural classroom. Even the casual onlooker will easily observe diverse ecological interactions. Dolphins feeding along oyster bars, black skimmers flocking along the beach, and white ibis flying… Read More

NCBS Intern Report: Sustainable Boating and Scalloping in the Nature Coast

Alec Cronin in Three Sisters Spring

NCBS Intern Report by Alec Cronin, Intern with UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station’s Dr. Savanna Barry Seagrass, seagrass, seagrass (and scallops). Seagrass Seagrass Seagrass. Let this permeate your mind till all you think about is that sweet, sweet… Read More