On my way back to Cedar Key from the Refuge this morning, I saw a Swallowtail Kite! This is the earliest I have ever seen one back. In the past few years, they have been sighted the first few days of March, and usually by then there are more signs of spring. There are very few flowers blooming in the butterfly garden or throughout the refuge, but take heart! The arrival of the Swallowtail Kites means that spring is very, very close!
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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