Refuge staff members are working with State of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff members to restore the Atsena Otie Key nesting platform for this season. The focus of this project is to provide nesting habitat for least terns. It is critically limited in this portion of the Nature Coast. Although this type of project has been very successful in other areas, we have had the unfortunate re-occurrence of early season storms creating extremely high waters that wash the nesting base material off of the platform. The good news is that our staff members are too stubborn to give up. They are developing a new protocol that is sure to be a safe and secure platform for ground nesting birds.
Need information? Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Flood Causes Closures. CR 347 in Levy County is closed and access to the Refuge in Levy County is not possible at this time. Flooding is also occurring in Dixie County and Refuge roads may be closed there also.
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For an digital version,
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle around yellow Refuge gates.
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