Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge
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Calendar of Events

For more information, contact the Refuge Office 352/493-0238

Best months to visit are October through April.  From June through August, visitors are encouraged to prepare for high temperatures, humidity, and biting insects. Tick repellent is advised year-round.


January
  • Good time for viewing wintering waterfowl and shorebirds in coastal areas
  • Small game hunting begins
February
  • Peak of bald eagle nesting
  • Osprey nesting begins
  • Night hunting for raccoons, Friday and Saturday nights during February
  • Small game hunting ends
March
  • FAVOR - Annual Meeting and Refuge Openhouse
  • March 3 – 10:30-2:00. Join the Ranger-led paddle to North Key, Wilderness area of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Call 352/493-0238, x223 leave your contact information. Only 20 will be permitted on the paddle. Sea kayaks, pfd, whistle and water are required.
  • March 6 & 13 – 10:00- 11:30. Meet at Shell Mound Trailhead for this walk back in time. Learn more about Florida’s ancient cultures than you ever did in school on this easy walk over the 6,000 year old Archaeological site.
  • March 12 - 10:30 – 12PM. Showing of Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and the Land Ethic of our Time, at Cedar Key Library. Call 352/493-0238 for more information.
  • Return of the swallow-tailed kites
  • Spring wild turkey season opens
April
  • Spring wild turkey season
  • Peak of songbird spring migration
  • Earth Day
  • Cedar Key Spring Arts Festival
  • Suwannee Stone Crab Festival
May
  • International Migratory Bird Day
  • Peak of breeding bird activity
June through August
  • Good time to explore the Suwannee River or Gulf of Mexico by boat
July
  • Hunt brochures available on-line, local tax office and by calling the refuge
  • Hunt brochures available by calling with your address
  • July 6 from 10:00AM - 4:00 PM, Lighthouse Open House,
  • Kid's summer programs
August
  • Peak shorebird fall migration
  • August 3 from 9:30AM - 4:30PM, Lighthouse Open House
  • Kids Summer Programs (free) - Call 493-0238 to make reservations for Aug 7th from 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure with map
September
  • Archery hunting season starts September 14, 2013
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure with map
October
  • National Wildlife Refuge Week!
  • Lighthouse Open House - 3rd weekend of Oct, FREE, you must obtain your own transportation
  • Archery ends October 13, 2013. Muzzleloader season - Oct 19-27, 2013
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure with map
November
  • General Gun Season - Nov 2-17, 2013
  • Go to our Homepage and click on “Hunting” to get the new easy-to-read hunt brochure
  • Lighthouse Open House – Nov 23, 12:30-4:30, FREE, you must obtain your own transportation
December
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count
  • Family Hunts - Dec 14-22, and Dec 21-23
  • Lighthouse Open House – Dec 28, 9:00-3:00, FREE, you must obtain your own transportation

 

Last updated: February 12, 2014