We had perfect weather for our last nature walk of the “season”. It was cool, partly sunny and enough of a breeze to assure a mostly bug free walk for Kit Lane, Debbie Dye and Donna Thalacker. This new Refuge trail is a beauty! It passes through many habitats, including a small freshwater swamp, mixed deciduous woods, sandhill pine and through a canopied live oak section where the oaks are big enough to canopy the walk but small enough to see birds foraging in the trees. We saw and heard many, many birds, including several woodpeckers, a Red-shouldered Hawk, Great-crested Flycatcher,Rufus-sided Towhee, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Parula Warbler, Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Pine Warbler, Carolina Wren, White-eyed Vireo and many more. Some of the pawpaws are still blooming, as are the Rose Pogonia orchid plants. My thanks to Frank Morgan for his picture of the Great-crested Flycatcher!
I hope to see you again in November, when we will resume the nature walks out in the Lower Suwannee NWR, Shell Mound, the Cedar Key Scrub and new next year, the Cedar Keys NWR!!
Have a great summer!
The Refuge is open daily from dawn to dusk.
Due to coronavirus concerns, the headquarters building is closed to visitors. However, staff are working as usual and the Refuge is open for appropriate recreational uses including boating, hiking, fishing, biking, and birding.
The Refuge Manager Andrew Gude can be reached by text or phone at 703.622.3896.
Hunting Information from the Refuge Manager
The print version of the 2019-2020 Hunt Regulations Brochure is now available at Refuge headquarters. For a digital version,
click on the photo below.
For Information about getting a Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge Hunt Permit and a Deer Bag Report, Click Here
To Apply for a Permit to Hunt on the Lower Suwannee Refuge,
For a copy of the Deer Harvest Log, Click Here
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