Oystercatcher head

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Cedar Key has the largest concentration of wintering American oystercatchers in Florida. The population is currently limited by availability of high tide roosting habitat. The goal of this project is to maintain or increase the population and overwinter survival of oystercatchers in the Cedar Key area by restoring two critically important oyster reefs used as high tide roosts. Locally available derelict clam bags and limestone are being used to increase elevation, provide substrate for oyster resettlement, and stabilize the reefs. This is the first of many oyster restoration projects specifically designed to benefit avian species.