By Cory Gillis Quail call counts Once a week, during the Northern Bobwhite quail breeding season, I would begin a call count survey at sunrise. The procedure was to stop at 10 designated locations. When I arrived at each location, I would wait at least 1 minute to let the wildlife resume its usual activity […]
I type this tonight from Cedar Key, Florida during 60-mph winds and pouring rain from Hurricane Hermine. The University of Florida (UF) has construction underway on the new UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station. This Station is part of UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), and it will seek to improve the conservation and […]
This summer I had the opportunity to work on the Cedar Key Living Shoreline Demonstration project in Cedar Key, FL. When I received the news that I had received the position, I was ecstatic. However, I had no idea that I would learn so much, meet so many great people and gain more of an […]
As a freshmen marine science student at the University of Florida, I was aware of the presence of the Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS) department within my college, however, I wasn’t sure that I would ever be involved in fisheries studies. Honestly, I didn’t quite understand the full meaning of the term fisheries- so it […]
This summer one of those ‘experiences of a lifetime’ moments. I could’ve only ever dreamed to happen to me as a child growing up in small town Ohio; where the stalks of corn outnumbered people. I have had the opportunity to enjoy so many experiences through my internship with the St. Martins Marsh and Big […]
This summer my crew and I took a leap of faith and dove deep into the Gulf of Mexico to observe, count, and size Gag grouper populations on our artificial reefs. We spent three days a week working out of Stienhatchee, Florida at the Sea Hag Marina! This summer was a whirlwind of experiences […]
Hannah Brown, a Ph.D. student in interdisciplinary ecology at the University of Florida, has been named the first Nature Coast Biological Station/Florida Sea Grant Scholar. The newly established scholarship program recognizes an outstanding graduate student at UF who conducts applied research in the Nature Coast area, which spans the Gulf Coast from Wakulla County to Hernando County. […]
The Conservation Fund awarded the University of Florida a grant for $19,500 to fund a tagging study on spotted sea trout in Cedar Key and Steinhatchee. The project is determining tagging mortality rates and fishing mortality to assist with stock assessment and management. To date about 150 fish have been tagged with $100.00 reward tags […]
Highlights from the Seafood Festival on October 16 & 17, 2015 was a great weekend with a great turnout from visitors all over North Central Florida.
The annual boat parade in Cedar Key was held December 11. Nature Coast Biological Station participated with a decorated boat with costumes displayed by faculty and staff. It was an event enjoyed by all and NCBS was honored to receive Children’s Choice Award and 2nd place in the Cedar Key 7th Annual Christmas Boat Parade. […]
The Allen and Ahrens lab at the University of Florida IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences participated in a team building event near Lake Wauberg. The challenge event showed the skills and talent of teams working together for a common purpose.
Four years ago, I would’ve NEVER imagined that I would be working to conserve the West Indian Manatee. Four years ago, my opinion on manatees was bleak. To the average Joe, these impressive creatures would be characterized as “huge floating rocks”, drifting aimlessly north and south through migration patterns. Little did I know that my […]