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January 18, 2018

A note from Donna Thalacker

Hello Friends,

The weather has been so cold lately that I have hesitated to suggest a walk.  I checked the weather for Friday, Jan 19 and though it is on the cold side, the sun will be shining and the wind not blowing.  Since the birds and animals need to eat, I expect that in spite of the coldish weather, we will see some action!  Please join me Friday at 10 for a walk on Cabin Road.  A few of you may remember getting a chance to see otters breeding in the ditch alongside Cabin Road one January some years ago!  Not that I am guaranteeing - or even suggesting we might see River Otters, well, you just never know.

If you would like to bundle up and join me for a nature walk on Friday, we will meet at the Cedar Key Town Park parking lot at 10 am and car pool out to Cabin Road.  If you would like to meet at Cabin Road, we should be at the entrance to Cabin Road about 10:15 or so.  kWe will meet you there. The best way to reach Cabin Road is to enter the Lower Suwannee NWR Nature Drive at the south entrance off CR 347.  Cabin Road is a couple miles in from the south entrance on the left.

I hope to see you on Friday!




January 16, 2018

The following presentation will be hosted at the
WGP Education Center in January 2018.

On Monday, January 22 at 10:00 am Savanna Barry (UF | IFAS) will speak in conjunction with the Cedar Key Audubon Society on Shore Birds and Bird Rescue Techniques.

The Withlacoochee Gulf Preserve is owned and operated by the Town of Yankeetown and was purchased with funding from the Florida Communities Trust.  The Preserve is located at 1001 Old Rock Road, Yankeetown Florida.  Visit our web site ( for directions and information on upcoming events.



January13, 2018
JAN 4 CKHS RAINCoverJoin the Cedar Key Historical Society and award-winning Florida author Cynthia Barnett at the Community Center at 10 a.m. January 18th for her program Rain: A history for stormy times.

Barnett, a former Cedar Key resident who still writes on the island, will talk about her latest book, Rain, long-listed for the National Book Award, gold medal winner for best general nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and a finalist for the PEN/E.O. Wilson award for literary science writing.

The program is the first in a 2018 series of lectures hosted by the Cedar Key Historical Society in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council.JAN 4 CKHS CynthiaBarnettAuthorPhoto

Join us Thursday Jan. 18th at 10 a.m., 809 6th Street, for a natural and cultural tour of RAIN, from the torrents that filled the oceans four billion years ago to the modern story of climate change. A wellspring of life, rain also has a place in our souls. In an ancient perfume region in northern India, villagers bottle the scent of rain from the monsoon-drenched earth, while in Manchester, England, and America’s Seattle, leaden skies helped inspire Morrissey and Kurt Cobain’s grunge. The scents and songs capture rain in small ways. Humans have long been convinced we could control the atmosphere with ideas much bigger, from the Roman rain god Jupiter Pluvius to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straightjacket the Mississippi River.

Now, after thousands of years spent praying for rain or worshiping it; burning witches at the stake to stop rain or sacrificing small children to bring it; even trying to blast rain out of the sky with mortars meant for war, humanity has finally managed to change the rain. Only not in ways we intended. Changing rainfall patterns are some of the earliest tremors of our warming globe. Armed with computer models looking forward, there is also much to learn from looking back. Too much and not enough, rain is an experience we share. Its history has much to tell us about coming together to live more ethically with water – and adapt to the stormy times ahead. 

Join Barnett on her Facebook page


Conducted by  Anthony Drew, Extension Agent IV
UF/IFAS Extension, Levy County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
625 N. Hathaway Ave., Bronson, FL 32621

January 14, 2018

The UF/IFAS Extension offices of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie County announce the 2018 Crop Production Short Course.  The event will take place at the Suwannee River Fair pavilion on Tuesday, January 30, beginning at 9 a.m.  The educational program will include:

An update on the 2017 “peanut decline” issue… what we know, what we don’t know, what we’re still trying to determine and management suggestions to help avoid the problem in 2018.  Anthony Drew, IFAS, University of Florida, Levy County.

Dealing with the projected chlorothalonil shortages for 2018.  Research data dealing with some older chemistries and their utilization in an effective disease management program.  Dr. Albert Culbreath, Plant Pathologist, University of Georgia.

The facts concerning the use of fumigants for management of Fusarium wilt in watermelons.  Dr. Josh Freeman, University of Florida.


January 12, 2018
Donation Wish List:
Laptop computer
Computer printer
Wall-mountable monitor
Comfortable desk chair, or two
Golf cart to take less mobile visitors out & about


Even without the expected influx of visitors, volunteering at the Refuge is a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. This day was windy and in the 30s, so the porch rockers were not as inviting as normally.

The Friends volunteer visitor contact program began in December with more than 30 volunteers taking turns greeting visitors at the refuge. Volunteers were on duty most weekdays, with the exception of Fridays and the Christmas to New Years' interval when the refuge office was closed. Visitation has been sparse, but is expected to increase dramatically when the increased level of services available is more widely known. Volunteers have been reorganizing the refuge reception area, working on training materials, developing a chat room to share experiences, and boning up on brochures about refuge features and activities to be shared with visitors. In the future it is expected that volunteers will lead field trips for visitors and expand coverage to include weekends during the winter season.