Our Extension Blog has moved!

Posted on January 5, 2018 by

Dear Inside Nature Coast readers – Thank you for your support of the blog and interest in natural resources in the Nature Coast! Our blog has moved to the IFAS Blogs platform – head on over to our new NCBS Extension blog to see the latest Nature Coast natural resource updates.

Ribbon Cutting at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Posted on September 28, 2017 by

  Almost two years after the initial concept for the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) was formed, faculty and residents alike were excited to cut the ribbon on the new facility located in downtown Cedar Key. Last Friday, a crowd of about 200 enjoyed addresses by NCBS Director Dr. Mike Allen, UF IFAS […]

NCBS Intern Report – Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Posted on August 10, 2017 by

By: Trisha Phy, 2017 Intern with UF/IFAS NCBS and the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Is it really considered work when you love what you do? I had the opportunity to study the interactions between swimmers and Florida manatees this past winter in the Three Sisters Springs unit of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). My […]

Grasses in Classes Kicks off in Hernando County

Posted on August 2, 2017 by

Grasses in Classes This school year at the Gulf Coast Middle School, students in Shawn Walker’s science class will have a very important responsibility. They will be raising marsh grasses in a brand new nursery built at the school by Hernando Master Gardeners, UF IFAS Extension, and GCMS teachers as part of the Grasses in […]

Oyster Reefs: A Way Forward

Posted on July 28, 2017 by

By: Hannah O. Brown, Graduate Student in the UF IFAS School of Natural Resources and Environment and UF IFAS NCBS/Florida Sea Grant Fellow Oysters are important but threatened You can’t spend any real time in North Florida without getting invited to an oyster roast. Growing up just outside of Fernandina Beach, my family’s traditions centered […]

Emma Pistole

Pioneer Snook Project Video Highlights

Posted on July 18, 2017 by

  Last fall, Emma Pistole started a Master of Science program in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation). Since then, her project on the northward expansion of common snook into the Nature Coast has gained a lot of attention and generated excitement among fishing guides, anglers, and scientists. Check out […]

Collaborative Sea Turtle Research in St Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve

Posted on July 3, 2017 by

[GUEST POST] By Rick Herren, PhD Student with UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station   Rarely do scientists work alone and Rick Herren, a PhD student with NCBS and UF WEC, is no exception.  In 2001, Rick and a few of his colleagues formed a new company […]

Andrew Townsend (FWC) holds a newly banded oystercatcher chick.

American Oystercatcher Nesting in Florida’s Nature Coast

Posted on June 19, 2017 by

  [GUEST POST] By: Nick Vitale, Graduate Student with the UF IFAS Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department and UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Poor Nesting Success: A mystery? Raccoons, birds-of-prey, human disturbance, high tides… these are all potential threats to American Oystercatchers breeding along the nature coast. Oystercatchers have shown poor nesting success in […]

2017 Scallop Seminar Live Stream

Posted on June 16, 2017 by

Thank you to everyone that tuned in live for the scallop seminar in Steinhatchee last night! We had about 50 people at the in-person event and over 2,400 people tuned in for at least some of the program on the live stream. The recording is available here and on our Facebook page. We had five […]

Recreational Scallop Season 2017

Posted on June 2, 2017 by

  Recreational bay scallop season is quickly approaching! Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to the coastal areas of Florida between the Pasco-Hernando County line and Mexico Beach Canal to seek out their limit of scallops. Recreational boating in the Nature Coast reaches peak levels during scallop season, so expect congestion at boat ramps. […]

New marker buoys off Sandy Hook aim to help boaters, seagrass

Posted on May 11, 2017 by

This past Monday, six seagrass marker buoys were placed in the shallow waters off of the small key known as Sandy Hook in the Crystal River estuary. This area, which remains totally open access for boaters, has suffered increasing seagrass damage from boat propellers and vessel groundings. The shallow area off of Sandy Hook is […]