Big Talbot Island Biological Field Station

april5b-1The Big Talbot Island Biological Field Station is open for business. For several years now, the North Florida Land Trust has been attempting to purchase the private infills to Big Talbot Island State Park. Through our work, we have been successful in purchasing approximately 457 acres of lands on the island, and expect to close on even more before the end of 2015, bringing us to 1100 acres. In the process of acquisition, NFLT has come to own several houses on Big Talbot Island that we have an interest in making available for field research.

 In particular, we have come to own two houses on the south end of the island which we wish to make available to researchers. The first is a 2,400 sq. ft. residence with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and a dock that the land trust purchased in 2012. The house sits on 8 acres of maritime hammock forest owned by the land trust, surrounded by state park land and a private bird sanctuary. From April – October one bedroom will be occupied by an NFLT employee doing our own species management and monitoring, however, the other two bedrooms will be free year round, and can be done at double occupancy with bunk beds. North Florida Land Trust is consulting with a local university about installing dry lab facilities in the house.

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A second house was purchased in March of 2015, which is a 2,200 sq.ft. 3 bed, 3 bath. NFLT is currently furnishing the residence and expects it to be available for use by May of 2015. Though it has no dock, dock access is readily available at our first home, which is approximately 1/10 of a mile away. All 3 bedrooms will be available, and can also be made available at a double occupancy rate if need be.

 The houses are infills within the roughly 3,600 acre Big Talbot Island State Park, which is part of the Timucuan Ecological Reserve, a 48,000 acre estuarine marsh preserve composed of the St. Johns River and Nassau River marshes. There are five other state parks within the preserve, in addition to Ft. Clinch State Park on the St. Mary’s River, and the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, both within an hour’s drive. North Florida Land Trust itself owns, or will shortly own 1,800 acres of marsh and marsh islands within the Timucuan where we have active management and restoration projects that we invite all researchers to participate in.

 We do ask for fees to stay at either of our residence, which are low and mostly to cover the cost of utilities and insurance. We can work with researchers on how those fees can be accomodated by their research budgets. Long term resident researchers are preferred, though not required.

 For more information, or to seek a time to stay, please inquire at info@northfloridalandtrust.org