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Open house Saturday at Seahorse Key

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Research lab in spotlight with activities

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge invites the public to an open house on Seahorse Key, Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-4:30 p.m. Enhance your winter visit by getting outdoors into the spectacular Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Bring your camera, walk along the beach and enjoy the touch tanks and exhibits provided by University of Florida’s Marine Research Lab.

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The interior of Seahorse Key is normally closed to public entry, as are all posted refuge islands, so that birds and other wildlife are not disturbed. Annually, a 300-foot buffer is closed to all public access from March through June to provide more security for the rookery while mature birds nest and rear their young. This will be the last time to visit until July.

The lighthouse on Seahorse Key, atop the 54-foot tall dune, offers great perspective for wildlife photography. You’ll see white pelicans, cormorants, common and snowy egrets flying. Eagles and osprey also visit throughout the day from their nearby nests.  

Catch a tour boat from the city docks, rent a vessel, or take your own to Seahorse Key for an educational day with Dr. Jennifer Seavey. Enjoy the out of doors at the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, where wildlife comes first.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, of which the National Wildlife Refuge System is a part, is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people and their families. For more information call the Refuge at 352-493-0238.