University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in July, 2015. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) began renovations to fit the needs of the Nature Coast Biological Station. The two story building has been demolished and construction has begun to build a three story facility with a wet lab, aquarium and office space. The other side of the motel will be renovated to include dorms and a meeting area for researchers.
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Old 2 Story Station
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Background of the Bird Rescue Program The Cedar Key Bird Rescue (CKBR) Program is a volunteer organization that responds to reports of injured birds, especially pelicans with fishing related injuries (i.e., entanglement or throat obstruction). CKBR was formed in response to the high number of bird entanglements in Cedar Key, an area identified as a […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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By: Matt Shinego, UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station Intern (Fall 2016-Spring 2017) Hello, my name is Matt, and I’m addicted to the outdoors. I’ve made it eight days without succumbing to the temptation to go for a hike or cast a line – with three tests next week, I can’t afford […]Read More
What is Fisheries-Independent Monitoring? Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) is a statewide program run by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The goal of the FIM program is to provide high quality fisheries data to state managers about fish abundance and population trends in estuaries. The data produced by the seven FIM programs around […]Read More
Click IMAGE to access the Big Bend Shellfish Trail Map (8.7 MB) Shellfish in the florida big bend Shellfish harvest and consumption in Florida is an important facet of the maritime heritage of many coastal towns. The Florida Big Bend has several towns that still harbor local shellfish fisheries. These working waterfront communities […]Read More
simultaneous Enhancement of Habitat and working waterfronts Last summer, we introduced you to a new living shoreline project at Joe Rains Beach in Cedar Key (read more). This unique, two-phase project will enhance both natural and cultural (working waterfront) resources along Daughtry Bayou. Phase 1 is the re-alignment of Tyree Canal. This is accomplished by […]Read More
an Opportunity to connect We at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station just finished up a big week hosting the Big Bend Science Symposium in Cedar Key. This three-day conference was attended by the usual contingent of graduate students, university professors, and state wildlife managers convening to share updates about their research. However, academic […]Read More
Ever wondered what it’s like to clean up lost crab traps? A few weeks ago, staff from the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, UF IFAS Extension Taylor County, Florida Sea Grant, and the St. Martins Marsh and Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserves conduced a derelict crab trap cleanup in Steinhatchee, FL. Check out the […]Read More
UF/IFAS NCBS is holding the 1st Annual Workout on Waterfront (WoW) Event. WoW will consist of three races including a 5K Run, Kayak Challenge and Recycled Regatta. The proceeds from this event will support an aquarium that is being built at Cedar Key at UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station, Audio/Visual Equipment for the Cedar Key Library […]Read More
Common snook (Centropomus undecimalis) are a highly sought-after sport fish found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The Nature Coast of Florida is the northern range of snook in the Gulf, and many more snook are being caught lately in Hernando County, Crystal River, Yankeetown, and Cedar Key […]Read More