Tuesday, March 19 (alternate weather dates Mar 18, 20) Wednesday, May 22 (alternate weather date May 23) Wednesday, July 3 October, TBA
Barbara Woodmansee will lead a Butterfly Walk on Saturday, April 13, Save the Date, Details will be posted soon.
Friends will hold several Work Days to build a new Vista Camp Pollinator Garden. Volunteers will spread dirt, plant, and build amenities. If you might be willing to volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the list and be contacted when details are set.
Congresswoman Kat Cammack visited the Friends of Lower Suwannee & Cedar Keys NWRs on February 8 at Refuge headquarters. Read more here.
Roof Work at the Cook's House at Vista on the Lower Suwannee NWR
Refuge Roads and Trails Update
The Nature Drive is OPEN.
The Shell Mound archaeological trail is OPEN. The pier is being rebuilt so for safety reasons the limerock road to Shell Mound is closed to vehicles until construction is complete. However, visitors can park along the road outside the closure gate and walk to the trail.
The Dennis Creek Trail, like Shell Mound trail, is OPEN to visitors. To reach it, you must park outside the closure gate at the start of the limerock road and walk in.
The River Trail boardwalks are closed indefinitely due to Hurricane Idalia's damage. Both of them must be completely rebuilt. Funding for materials is not in the Refuge's budget so it was placed in the "deferred maintenance" category and it will probably be years before they are rebuilt. Update on effort to rebuild is here.
The next hunt dates are: Youth Turkey March 9 and 10 Spring Turkey March 16 to April 7
Information for Mobility Impaired Hunters Mobility impaired hunters who wish to have alternative access to the Refuge, please see the following information. If you need additional information after reading through this package, contact Andrew Gude, Refuge Manager, at 703.622.3896 or Andrew_Gude@fws.gov.
The Cedar Keys Refuge is made up of 13 small islands offshore from the City of Cedar Key. Atsena Otie Island and the sandy beaches of the other islands are open to visitors. They must be accessed by personal boat. All interior and/or vegetated areas of the islands, other than Atsena Otie, are closed to visitors in order to protect the resident and transient birds nesting on them. Also, the waters and beaches around Snake Key (~100m) are closed to all entry March through June, since Snake Key is a major nesting area. Entry to closed areas on any of the islands is by permit only.FWS Cedar Keys Information Brochure.
Our beautiful River Trail is closed because of damage from Hurricane Idalia. Repair is funding dependent and unlikely to be provided in the upcoming federal budget.
The Shell Mound pier was totally destroyed by Hurricane Idalia. Luckily the Refuge had already contracted to replace it because of earlier damage. It may be repaired by the end of the year.
If you are interested in butterflies, we have an abundance of information and activities for you. The most recent ones were a walk out at the Refuge, and a talk at the Cedar Key Library, both by Friends Board Member Barbara Woodmansee. If you're curious about the multitude of species of butterflies and moths you may happen across at the Refuge, you can watch her entire presentation on the YouTube link here. And, shop at our online store to purchase Barbara's beautiful and informative guidebook before you venture out to the Refuge for some butterfly hunting. Other materials produced by Friends for butterfly lovers include: