Refuge staff, in partnership with Russ Anderson project manager at the One Health Center at the University of Florida, are capturing audio recordings of bird calls within the Snake Key rookery. The refuge acquired two SWIFT recording units specifically built for this type of application by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bioacoustics Research Program. The audio recordings will be analyzed and condensed into a series of bird calls of local rookery nesting birds that will be broadcasted at Seahorse Key next year in hopes of attracting the birds back to Seahorse Key to expand the rookery.
Fire: More than 2,000 acres, mostly in Levy County, have been treated with prescribed burning since January.
Forests: On the Dixie County side, where weather has not been as good for prescribed burning, with the help of the Refuge's new Cat more than 70,000 legacy trees have been planted.
Need information: Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Visitors are welcome to walk or bicycle around yellow Refuge gates.
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