Let’s Get Outside – Even in the Cold

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By The Staff

Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWR

Even though we’re tempted to stay inside on these chilly days, this time of year offers great wildlife observation. This weather pattern (81 degrees one day and 31 just days later) has to be confusing our native species as well as birds that migrate through our region. Several rare species of migrating birds were seen at Shell Mound during the Friends of Cedar Keys NWR’s Bird Walk, a monthly event. The spotting scope revealed Forster’s tern, gull-billed terns, and both black bellied and semi-palmated plovers. These walks are free on the first Monday of every month with long-time birder Joan Stephens.

The refuge Friends group surprised the staff on Thursday with a delicious spread for lunch. President Jay Bushnell extended the Friends’ appreciation for the work the staff performs and the recreation opportunities they provide for visitors throughout the year. Cedar Key members of the Friends Board John Thalacker, Donna Kreft, and Ed and Joyce DeHaan were among the wonderful Friends who made-the-day for the hardworking staff at the Refuge.

Thursday, January 22 at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Ranger Program on “Bats & Bat Houses of the Refuge” at the Cedar Key Library. Construction and placement directions will be provided to those wanting to build a bat house. For information on the free Ranger Program on Feb. 13 “Paddle into the Past - Atsena Otie”, call 493-0238, ext 223.