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Cedar Key Coastal Cleanup 2021


November 12, 2021

Coastal cleanup by the numbers This year, the International Coastal Cleanup was a back in full swing and was a success! At least 140 volunteers braved the rain to remove nearly 2,500 pounds of trash from local shorelines. This is similar to ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Events, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Cedar Key, Cleanup, Coastal Habitat, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Marine Debris, NCBS Volunteers, Plastic
a reef made of reef prisms

A Partnership for PROS: Plastic Free Restoration of Oyster Shorelines


September 3, 2021

We focus a lot on oyster restoration here at the Nature Coast Biological Station and a new project aimed at reducing plastic use in oyster restoration has us excited. This project is called the Partnership for Plastic-free Restoration of Oyster ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Applied Research, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marine Debris, NCBS Volunteers, Oysters, Plastic, Reef Prisms, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration

Impact of Tropical Storm Elsa on Cedar Key Living Shorelines


August 5, 2021

Written by Mark Clark, Associate Professor, Wetland Ecology with UF/IFAS Soil and Water Sciences Dept. Tropical Storm Elsa passed 35 miles west of Cedar Key on July 7 with a peak wind gust of 49.6 kn. A maximum storm surge of 2.56’ ft occurred ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Living Shoreline, Marsh, Restoration, Sea Level Rise, Shoreline Restoration
plants, gloves, and buckets in a marsh

Donor marsh at Duke Energy Mariculture Center making donations!


February 16, 2021

In 2018, we worked with Duke Energy’s Mariculture Center in Crystal River to establish a large salt marsh nursery in one of their culture ponds. We needed the donor marsh because habitat restoration requires access to plant material. Establishing ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Home Landscapes, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Donor Marsh, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marsh, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration
Nature Coast Water Watch logo and water background

Water Watch comes to Horseshoe Beach


June 8, 2020

Today is World Oceans Day (June 8th, 2020) and in the spirit of the day I want to recognize two very ocean-oriented volunteers: Janis and Dennis Daly. The Dalys volunteer for many coastal volunteer programs, including Florida Horseshoe Crab ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Water
Tags: Citizen Science, Coastal Systems, InsideNatureCoast, Research, Suwannee River, Water Quality, Water Watch

Virtual training for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch now live!


May 6, 2020

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Natural Resources, UF/IFAS Extension, Wildlife
Tags: Citizen Science, Coastal Systems, Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, FWC, Horseshoe Crabs, InsideNatureCoast, NCBS Volunteers, Research

COVID-19 and UF/IFAS Extension


March 15, 2020

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

Category: 4-H & Youth, Agribusiness, Agriculture, Camp, Clubs & Volunteers, Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Crops, Curriculum, Disaster Preparation, Events, Farm Management, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Food Safety, Forests, Fruits & Vegetables, Health & Nutrition, Home Landscapes, Home Management, Horticulture, Invasive Species, Lawn, Livestock, Money Matters, Natural Resources, Pests & Disease, Pests & Disease, Professional Development, Recreation, Relationships & Family, SFYL Hot Topic, Turf, UF/IFAS, UF/IFAS Extension, UF/IFAS Research, UF/IFAS Teaching, , Water, Wildlife, Work & Life
Tags: Covid-19, Featured Hot Topic, Hot Topic
volunteers plant marsh grasses at the donor marsh

Coastal Shoreline Restoration Experience through the Florida Master Naturalist Program


March 1, 2020

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, ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Conservation, Events, Natural Resources, Professional Development, UF/IFAS Extension
Tags: Cedar Key, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Florida Master Naturalist Program, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marsh, NCBS Volunteers, Oysters, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration
horseshoe crabs nesting on a beach

Citizen science training workshop for Florida Horseshoe Crab Watch


March 1, 2020

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 ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Events, Natural Resources, Wildlife
Tags: Applied Research, Cedar Key, Citizen Science, Coastal Habitat, Fisheries, Florida Sea Grant, FWC, Horseshoe Crabs, InsideNatureCoast, NCBS Volunteers, Research
two volunteers in a recently planted marsh shoreline

Spring 2020 Living Shoreline Volunteer Days


February 26, 2020

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! ... READ MORE

Category: Coasts & Marine, Community Volunteers, Events, Natural Resources, Water
Tags: Cedar Key, Coastal Habitat, Coastal Systems, Florida Master Naturalist Program, Florida Sea Grant, InsideNatureCoast, Living Shoreline, Marsh, NCBS Interns, NCBS Volunteers, Oysters, Restoration, Shoreline Restoration

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