Maria, Kit and Debbie spent a fun impromptu day trail walking on the Dixie side of the Refuge.
Debbie walks a rope bridge over a small stream.
More than 20 members of Friends of Refuges and others walked the beautiful Lukens Tract in Cedar Key today in 60 degree sunshine. Friends member Donna Thalacker guided the walk, pointing out plants, birds, and natural features of interest. It was a great way to spend a day in the holiday week.
On Thursday afternoon December 15, Friends Science Team will be conducting Round 2 in our development of a series of regular bioblitzes in the headquarters area of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge. We will focus initially on the new Tram Ridge Trail and the River Trail, two areas in the Vista complex that we expect eventually to be part of a refuge visitor complex. Our goal is to get to better know the area biologically in order to help managers and people who will be developing visitor programs.
Those of us attending the 10 AM to 12 Noon Board of Directors meeting (and all Friends members are welcome) will be having a picnic lunch after the meeting and assembling at 12:30 PM to form into teams and go out on the trail. Those who will not be attending the board meeting can join us at the Environmental Education building (the modular structure to the right of the driveway, across from the log cabin). We'll hope to be in the field by 1 PM, and teams will reconvene by 3 PM to compare notes, help each other with identifications, and critique our methods. Bring binoculars, cameras, and any other field gear you think may be helpful.The weather should be great, and we expect fun and fellowship to flourish in the great outdoors.
You may want to check out our progress from last time by checking out the Vista subproject on the iNaturalist database. Directions for getting online are here.
Please invite others you think might be interested.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Refuge Information from the Refuge Manager
The Nature Drive on the Levy County side of the Refuge is now open. Finally, the road is dry enough to travel safely and without damaging the roadbed.
The Dixie Mainline has been closed because of major damage to a culvert from last month's rain. The County plans to open it on or about September 12, at least temporarily.
Access by vehicle to the Refuge roads in both Levy County and Dixie County is still very limited because of the heavy rainfall in recent weeks.
Even when roads are closed to vehicles, they are open to pedestrians and bicycles.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For an digital version,
Click on the Photo Below
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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