Our love of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuges sometimes leads us to visit other refuges, if only to see how they compare. Our Past President Bob Hudson recently had the chance to visit the Alaska Maritime NWR. It has more shorebirds than the rest of the United States combined. It also has a spectacular Visitor Center. We need one of those!
The Natural Resources Defense Council posted a CSI story about the Seahorse Key rookery abandonment in its magazine onEarth. Thanks NRDC and all the other organizations, agencies, and media from the members of the Friends of the Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs. We greatly appreciate your attention to the importance and value of protecting the refuge that protects the birds and their habitat.
Meanwhile, those of us who live here in the backyard of the refuges even in the summertime are enjoying their beauty as much as the media are enjoying their mystery.
Since April, our Refuge Update page has been reporting on the disappearance of the birds from Seahorse Key. In June, the Friends News Brief mentioned it and several readers sent theories and tips about the possible cause. The Refuge staff appreciates those and is following up on them.
The Gainesville Sun recently carried a story about mystery. An Associated Press reporter came and interviewed Refuge staff about it and the story was placed on AP wire on July 7. The same day, the Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC had a 4-minute segment about the story.
Here are links to several stories about the abandonment. Many are based on the Associated Press report:
Below is a link to a story that ran in 2010 and provides background about the rookery and its inhabitants.
We will keep you posted as new clues arise and data are gathered.
A piliated woodpecker digs for carpenter bee larvae in the bench outside the refuge office.
Then a mouse checks the piliated's work after dark.
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The official government websites of the Refuges are linked below.
The Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge
The Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge