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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • Gulf of Mexico gag grouper wins protection; group says more help needed

     

  • Better fishing with electronics

     

  • Join the Great Backyard Bird Count Friday through Monday

    Warmer temperatures and lack of snow in parts of North America are setting the stage for what could be a most intriguing 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, coming up this weekend.
    Bird watchers across the U.S. and Canada are getting ready to tally millions of birds in the annual count coordinated by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon, and Canadian partner Bird Studies Canada.

  • FWC adopts new seasons for gag grouper in Gulf

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted on Wednesday, Feb. 8, to change how gag grouper is managed in Gulf of Mexico state waters (excluding Monroe County).
    The decision, which came during day two of the three-day February Commission meeting, will achieve consistency with federal management efforts while potentially providing a region-specific recreational season in four counties.