- International Coastal Cleanup in Cedar Key in September -- The Refuge provided boats and volunteers.
- Archery season -- Currently open and will continue until October 15.
- Providing assistance at other refuges -- Vic Doig, Refuge Fire Specialist and Biologist, was asked to help out at a refuge in Puerto Rico in September. He was evacuated before Hurricane Maria.
- Oyster Management -- Refuge staff members have been meeting with community leaders and partners at the Nature Coast Biological Station to discuss oyster harvest management issues.
- Youth Conservation Corps -- Several local high schoolers participated in the Youth Conservation Corps program and worked at the Refuge all through hot months. Among their many accomplishments, they helped build bridges along hiking trails both on the Lower Suwannee Refuge and the Crystal River Refuge and a pole barn in the Dixie County compound. If you have a student who might be interested in this opportunity for next summer, email friends@friendsofrefuges and we will be sure the Refuge knows about your interest.
Summer is HOT. Refuge work goes on apace.
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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