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Today's News

  • The raccoons did it (maybe)

    On April 19, 2015, the thousands of nests on Seahorse Key were occupied and the sounds of birds filled the air. Those feeding their broods brought in fish, some of which drooped from nests to be devoured by the cottonmouths that live below.

    “They are very sloppy and they are a food source, a very large source of food for the cottonmouth which eats marine fish,” said Coleman M. Sheehy III, a researcher on the island since 2001. “The important thing is they eat the fish, not the birds.”

    On April 21 Seahorse Key was quiet. No birds.

  • Community calendar for the week of 1-28-16

    Library Programs:

    Thursday, Jan. 28 – The North Florida Marine Science Symposium and Big Bend Science Symposium will not be at the Library, but taking place at Community Center. On Thursday, the evening poster presentation, a catered event, is open to the public (with registration) and the Friday keynote presentation at 9 a.m. is open to the public. Those planning to attend the Thursday event are asked to register at sfrc.ufl.edu/nfmss.

  • Captain's Log for the week of 1-28-16

    I had some clients from Big Sky Country recently who told me they wanted to catch a variety of fish,so I said, "No problem, you've come to the right place...I'll give you the marine science tour."

    Day one we jumped on my airboat (on the coldest day of the winter so far) and took a short boat ride to the local tidal creeks. They called the morning air "brisk" but much better than January in Montana. Within minutes everyone was hooked up with slot sized redfish.

  • Arts Center sponsors art-filled home tour, exhibit

    Cedar Key is known as a sleepy fishing village surrounded by gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife. But just under this surface is a thriving art community. For years the island has been a magnet for artists who live there permanently or visit regularly and two decades ago the enclave of 700 permanent residents was endowed with an arts center which sponsors classes, exhibitions, a summer art camp for kids, and a juried arts festival each spring.

  • CK: important rest area for wintering birds

    By Karen Parker 

    Human “snow birds” aren’t the only birds visiting Cedar Key during the colder winter months.

    The area is used by more than 40 migratory bird species, and serves as the second largest overwintering site for the American oystercatcher throughout its range. American oystercatchers spend the summer months as far north as Maine and have been found overwintering in Cedar Key year after year.

  • North Florida Marine Science Symposium Jan. 28 and 29

    Join researchers, resource management agencies and students for the UF/IFAS 2016 North Florida Marine Science Symposium Jan. 28 and 29 in Cedar Key, FL at the Community Center. The event is open to the public on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. for the evening poster presentation and Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. for guest speaker, Dr. Michael Beck with the Nature Conservancy and University of California Santa Cruz. He will be delivering a presentation titled "Building Coastal Resilience for Climate Adaptation, Risk Reduction and Conservation".

  • Nature Coast Biological Station presents update

    The room on the upper floor of the Cedar Key Library was full on Saturday morning as guests came out to get an update on research being done that will affect conservation and management in the region.

    Mike Allen, professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences and director of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station presented data collected on lionfish and told of other study projects in a presentation titled Fins, Feathers and Shells: an Update on Research from the Nature Coast Biological Station.

  • Nature Coast Biological Station presents update

    The room on the upper floor of the Cedar Key Library was full on Saturday morning as guests came out to get an update on research being done that will affect conservation and management in the region.

    Mike Allen, professor of fisheries and aquatic sciences and director of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station presented data collected on lionfish and told of other study projects in a presentation titled Fins, Feathers and Shells: an Update on Research from the Nature Coast Biological Station.

  • Community calendar for the week of 1-21-16

    January 26

    Haven benefits from Premiere Jewelry Party Shop

    Fans of Premier Jewelry's Party Shop can check out the latest jewelry trends and help Haven Hospice at the same time. Fifty percent of the profits from sales of full-price items will be donated to Haven Hospice and $25 will be donated for every party booked from the show within the following 6 months.

    This event is in honor of Mr. Mario Leon.  

    The event is Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Church of God, 18220 U.S. Highway 19 East, Cross City.

  • Woman’s Club spaghetti dinner Feb. 20

    The Cedar Key Woman’s Club is hosting its 30th Annual Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center.

    Tickets are available for a suggested $12 donation. Dine in or take out is available.

    Tickets are available at the Cedar Key Chamber of Commerce and from CKWC members.

    Proceeds of the dinner provide funding for the club's various community projects at Cedar Key School, the CK Public Library, the Food Pantry, Another Way and the CK Fire Department.