Station Renovation!

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.

Continue the legacy of this station by donating today!


Before & After Photos:

Old Building #1
Old Building #2
New Building Plan
New NCBS Building
New NCBS Building

NCBS Grand Opening Photos:


Workout on the Waterfront

Cedar Key Workout on the Waterfront 2018

Jan 8, 2018

  What is the Workout on the Waterfront? Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for February 24th, 2018. The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts. Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit […]

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NCBS Boat Parade

Cedar Key Boat Parade 2017

Jan 5, 2018

  Despite the cold weather in Cedar Key this December was as festive as any. The 2017 Boat Parade was cancelled, or should I say, “relocated” due to wind and freezing temperatures. So the competition was to be held on land. Many fled to the community center for warmth, chili, and a chance to see […]

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Our Extension Blog has moved!

Jan 5, 2018

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.

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48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Nov 7, 2017

    Had a great weekend at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival, with an NCBS float at the parade and an open house for the new NCBS facility. First photo has our research administrator, Bhawna Thapa, and her daughters Kripa and Kriti on the parade float.  The new lab was open for tours and we had […]

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Big Bend Shellfish Trail Opening Ceremony

Nov 7, 2017

    Mark your calendars for the official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony! The ribbon cutting will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event. Levy County […]

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Ribbon Cutting at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Sep 28, 2017

  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 […]

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NCBS Intern Report – Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Aug 10, 2017

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 […]

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Grasses in Classes Kicks off in Hernando County

Aug 2, 2017

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 […]

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Oyster Reefs: A Way Forward

Jul 28, 2017

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 […]

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graduate student holding a snook

Pioneer Snook Project Video Highlights

Jul 18, 2017

  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 […]

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Collaborative Sea Turtle Research in St Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserve

Jul 3, 2017

[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 […]

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

American Oystercatcher Nesting in Florida’s Nature Coast

Jun 19, 2017

  [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 […]

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