On Sunday and Monday, November 2 and 3, members of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges participated in Science Camp hosted by the Seahorse Key Marine Lab.
Although the temperature was chilly, campers warmed up to all the hands on activities with marine organisms led UF’s Dr. Gustav Paulay and graduate student Patrick Norby.
Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory Associate Director, Dr. Coleman Sheehy shared the uniqueness of the Big Bend area and his research into the snake and bird insular mutualism at Seahorse Key.
Most Friends spent the night in the lighthouse and enjoyed fish stew cooked by Friends Secretary John McPherson and the delicious coconut cake made by Donna Bushnell, of the Friends Education Team.
Between classes, participants had time to explore the beach, take photographs, and drink in the view from the light station.
Launched in 2013, the two-day adult camp provides for an in-depth learning experience of the research and resources at Seahorse Key and in the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Friends members got to be “students” again for a couple of days, while helping to support the Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory’s ongoing operations.
November 1 was the first of the two river cleanup events that the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges will participate in this fall. Held in the Town of Suwannee, it was very productive.
Despite howling wind and biting cold, 18 hardy volunteers came out to help Richard Herman and Debbie Meeks cleanup the tail end of the Suwannee river by boat, including the Refuge. They collected 130 lbs and were rewarded with an outstanding smoked chicken lunch provided by Jerry Everett of the Waterfront Market.
This cleanup was part of Current Problems Great Suwannee River Cleanup. As part of the same effort, the Friends are cleaning up on December 6 from Fowlers Bluff.
Please come out and join us, it's a lot of fun.