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Special to the Beacon
Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges invite you to join in the celebration of
National Wildlife Refuge Week. Refuge staff will open the doors of the historic
Cedar Keys Light Station on Seahorse Key Saturday and Sunday, October 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The lighthouse and the ancient sand dune it was built upon are normally closed to the public as the island is leased by the University of Florida for its
Marine Research Lab. The Annual Celebratory Openhouse is the perfect opportunity to connect with your Florida heritage, observe the tranquil beauty of the refuge island, and enjoy the activities provided by our partners and volunteers.
The Florida Lighthouse Association will be providing tours of the historic facil-
ity and cemetery. Researchers from the University of Florida Marine Lab will staff displays and touch-tank exhibits for the enjoyment of young and old
alike. USS Fort Henry reenactment group will be on the island Saturday to share history of the lighthouse during the Civil War. Two Union sailors from the actual Civil War ship, Bishop and Ephram are at rest in the island’s cemetery.
You must arrange your own transportation. A boat is needed to reach this offshore island; visitors may use their own boat or contact tour boats that leave from Cedar Key City Marina.
Don’t wait too long, as the last boat leaves the dock for the lighthouse at 3 p.m. So bring your camera and step onto one of Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge's premier holdings. Shots from the tower in the morning are spectacular, railroad vine covers the beach and wading birds seem to pose
for the camera. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.
Both the Cedar Keys and Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge are a part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We work with partners to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 100
million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 547
national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.
For more information call the refuge at 352-493-0238.