Of note on Snake Key this year was a high number of Roseate Spoonbills nesting - 20 - 30 nests! Hard to believe as the Spoonbills were first recorded nesting in the area just 6 years ago at Seahorse Key with only 3 nests. The Refuge believes that a seasonal closure at Snake Key during next year's nesting season will be important to protect this growing rookery area. The Cedar Key Audubon Society Chapter is working in partnership with the Refuge to "adopt" the rookery and assist with signage and surveys.
Many Friends members are also members of Cedar Key Audubon Chapter and we will be working together on several activities in coming months.