Tag: NCBS Volunteers

Pioneer Snook in the Nature Coast

snook being measured

What are pioneer snook? Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Lately, anglers are catching many more snook in the Nature… 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

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

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

Fight the global takeover of plastic

Plastic debris in the environment. Source: Zero Waste Gainesville

Making history, in a bad way For the first time in the more than 30-year history of the International Coastal Cleanup, the top 10 most common trash items collected in 2017 were ALL PLASTIC. According to an Ocean… 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