Plan Your Visit
Part of the Florida's Big Bend estuary, thirteen coastal islands make up the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. The mouth of the Suwannee River sits just to the north and influences the Gulf's color, salinity, and water quality. Two hundred thousand birds used these islands as resting and nesting areas for millenia. Over time, their numbers have dropped to twenty thousand. Since 2012, reddish egrets and roseate spoonbills have begun nesting here, while a dozen white pelicans stayed through the summer for the first time in recent history.