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Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge

Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge --12 offshore islands in the Gulf of Mexico -- protects colonies of nesting herons on Snake, Bird (Deadmanís), and North Keys. In the 1960s and 1970s, over 200,000 colonial birds used these nesting grounds; the number today is closer to 50,000. White Ibises, Great and Snowy Egrets, Double-crested Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, Great Blue Herons, and Tricolored Herons are the most populous species here. This wildlife refuge lives up to its name: only limited human use is permitted and access is only by boat. Seahorse Key and a 300-foot buffer zone around it, in particular, are completely closed from March to July during breeding season. Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge is just 10 miles south of the Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, which administers it.

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Activities: 
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paddling
 

 

 

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