Bird Island - Martin County's Special Place

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

This is such a special place, a gem in the Indian River Lagoon, and it’s right in our local waters.
 
Bird Island, also known as Spoil Island MC-2, is a 1.6 acre island located East of Sewells Point. The former spoil island now serves as one of Florida's top 10 nesting sites for brown pelicans, magnificent frigate birds, wood storks, blue herons, many ibis and other federally and state listed endangered wading bird species.
 
The Indian River National Estuary Program calls it “one of the most important bird nesting colonies in South Florida” and considers its protection “critical to the recovery of wading bird species”.
 
Bird Island is soon to go before the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee (FWCC), hopefully to be designated as a Critical Wildlife Area (CWA). The Critical Wildlife Area regulations would regulate or ban, human activity on the island or in the area waters. Erosion to the island and human activity has been the biggest problem to Bird Island. People walking on the island or fishing in the nearby waters, flush the birds, leaving the eggs and young exposed to predators.
 
In 2011, the county placed rocks along the north side of the island to prevent or retard the erosion problems. In the last 30 years, 30% of the island was lost due to erosion from waves generated by boat wakes and storms. The planting of mangroves and grasses did not help to retain the shoreline. To date, this new breakwater seems to be working.
 
For more information about Bird Island and how you can help, call 772-288-3497 Contact Us >

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