Friday, September 14, 2012

It's For The Birds - Society Counts Birds

Hendry County's Seventh Fall Migration Count Saturday

CLEWISTON, FL. -- Join the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society for the Fall North American Migration Count and the search for the 200th bird species at the popular Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5).

Birders and photographers are welcome Saturday, September 15 at 7 a.m. to help with this all-day count, which tracks the progress of the fall migration while offering a fun day in the outdoors. Teams plan to cover the 8 square miles of STA-5, located 20 miles south of Clewiston. A total of 28,000 individual birds and 82 species were spotted during last year’s count.

This is the seventh year of the fall count at STA-5, which has become nationally known as a bird watching spot. STAs are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration. They have also become renowned havens for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

The Fall North American Migration Count in STA-5 will begin at the Deer Fence Trailhead off of County Road 835 in Hendry County.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) provides a variety of recreational opportunities on the STAs while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and flood control missions. At present, the District owns 621,000 acres of public land. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements, such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, campsites and hiking trails.

For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District’s 16-county region, visit The webpage includes a 2012-2013 schedule of bird-watching trips at STA-5, which are conducted in partnership between Hendry-Glades Audubon and the District.

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