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SpringsWatch: Kings BAy Springs

This group is currently accepting volunteers! 

Our brand new Kings Bay SpringsWatch team is in the volunteer recruitment phase! 
If you are interested in being part of this area’s very first SpringsWatch team, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Located within the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and designated as an Outstanding Florida Water, Kings Bay is a first magnitude Florida springs system with over 70 springs pumping out 600 million gallons of freshwater per day from the Floridan Aquifer.  The area is prime winter habitat for the threatened Florida Manatee, which gather by the hundreds in the life-sustaining 72-degree spring waters when temperatures drop in the Gulf of Mexico.  Our Kings Bay SpringsWatch team will conduct monthly monitoring sessions via paddlecraft.  From kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards, citizen scientist volunteers will paddle a five-mile loop to collect data from up to seven springs: Hunter, Jurassic, Catfish, Magnolia, Idiots Delight, Three Sisters, and King.  
At up to seven springs in the Kings Bay system, SpringsWatch volunteers collect data on the following water quality parameters:  temperature, dissolved oxygen, specific conductance, and vertical light attenuation.  This group also conducts visual fish counts.  Volunteers will need their own paddle craft, as well as snorkeling gear if they wish to participate in the fish counts.  (Click here to learn more about the fish commonly found in Florida springs.)  SpringsWatch offers a great way to turn a fund day at the springs into meaningful research that supports them!

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Become a citizen scientist And Help Protect Florida's Springs!

Springswatch volunteer application form

*Groups with a wait list are at capacity and are currently not accepting new volunteers. If you wish to select one of these groups, we suggest applying for an additional group with no wait list to ensure you are able to participate in sampling as soon as possible. Apply for as many as you like!



Jill Lingard

FSI SpringsWatch Volunteer Coordinator


The Panhandle SpringsWatch program was funded in part through generous support from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida