Lakeside Storm Water Treatment Area

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sixty species were seen on a recent trip at Lakeside, more Roseate Spoonbills seem to be arriving every day. We now have a flock of White Pelicans and a flock of Sandhill Cranes. There is a pair of nesting Great Blue herons visible for the West berm. A Snail Kite was seenon the property, as well as several other raptors. We are fortunate on this STA to have treed areas on the property. You can park and walk in these areas to see songbirds. Tree Swallows have taken up residence - over 2000 estimated. The Bald Eagles have one chick which is easily seen from the berms. Still no repeat siting of the Burrowing Owls.Other wildlife include Alligators, Hogs and Gopher Tortoise. This property is becoming the best birding site in Martin County. Don't miss it, sign up for one of our tours. Excellent opportunity to photograph not only the birds but the Florida wetland habitat. After only two years of restoration from ranchland to wetland, the habitat is rich with wetland plants and fish.  
Audubon of Martin County (AoMC) is fortunate to be working with South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) in a cooperative agreement to conduct tours at Lakeside STA in a five year project.
Photo above by Chris Tippins.

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