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Outdoors

  • Cedar Key Everlasting event Saturday

    By LESLIE STURMER

    Special to the Beacon

  • Attempt to rescue pelican proves futile

    After a young couple sitting on the deck of the Black Dog noticed the injured Brown Pelican sitting on the ruins behind Seabreeze restaurant, there have been several attempts the past couple of days to catch the bird in order to bring it to a rehabilitation clinic.
    Among the rescuers is Cedar Key Public Works Director Josh Wilson, Tidewater Tours, FWC Officer Andrew, John Fields and others. So far, the pelican has eluded capture.

  • Springtime brings freshwater fishing, boat access

    March is prime freshwater fishing season for many species of fish, because bass and bream are getting geared up to hit the shallows. During spring, sunfish such as bass and bluegill move close to shore to find suitable spawning habitat. Shallow areas (ideally 2 to 6 feet deep) with sandy or firm soils and nearby vegetation tend to attract sunfish. Often the same areas are used year after year, because sunfish do best when they construct beds in sheltered areas without too much current and away from prevailing winds (often coves or the north shores of lakes).

  • Good weather = good fishing

    Hey folks, sorry I was absent last week, between life and fishing and building our house,  most of all my mental strength was a lil’ low.

  • Shell cities of the Gulf

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    Colorful flyers seen all over town brought a record crowd to the Cedar Key Library for the third presentation by Dr. Kenneth Sassaman.
    The University of Florida archaeologist has been working on the 30 coastal miles of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and the thirteen islands of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge for the past three years, so nearly half of the standing-room-only audience had returned for the most recent findings.

  • Swallow-tailed Kite comes out for the latest research

    By Pam Darty
    Refuge Ranger
    When the crowd gathered at the Cedar Key Library Thursday evening, they didn’t expect a great surprise. The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge was hosting a talk on the latest research on swallow-tailed Kites.  As birders were arriving for Dr. Ken Meyer’s presentation, Dr. Dawn Miller, Gainesville veterinarian and certified wildlife rehabilitator, came in the door carrying a magnificent swallow-tail.

  • Beachgoers asked to help monitor horseshoe crabs

    As spring arrives, horseshoe crabs converge along sandy beaches throughout the state to mate. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) are asking the public for help pinpointing the sites where these horseshoe crabs spawn.
    Beachgoers are likely to have the best luck spotting mating horseshoe crabs around high tide, just before, during or after a full or new moon. The conditions around the new moon tonight and the full moon on April 6 will create ideal opportunities to view the spawning behavior of horseshoe crabs.

  • Fishin’ with Captain Danny Allen
  • Cedar Key Tides for the week of Feb. 23

    Tides for Cedar Key starting with February 23, 2012.

    Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
                  /Low      Time    Feet    Sunset                    Visible

  • What weather is best for fishing?

    Welcome folks, to this week’s confusion, I mean weekly Cedar Key fishing report and forcast.
    My fishing week started Wednesday morning. As I entered town, the rain was passing over and things were looking good. My party showed up, some pretty cool new folks from Newberry - Mr. Larry,  Mrs. Christie and Trevor. We loaded up and headed north a bit.