Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Counting 158,000 Christmas Birds In South Florida

CLEWISTON, FL. -- The South Florida Water Management District is joining with the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society once again as the group conducts its portion of the 115th Christmas Bird Count in Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5) in Hendry County on January 3 at 7 a.m.

Data collected during the annual bird counts—which span North America and beyond during the weeks surrounding Christmas—are critical to studies of the long-term health and status of bird populations, according to Audubon. The STAs, managed by the SFWMD, attract large numbers of birds and also provide the public with a variety of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, biking and excellent bird watching.

During the 114h Christmas Bird Count, Audubon teams in STA-5 and the surrounding area documented 123 avian species and more than 158,000 individual birds.

Throughout South Florida, the District provides recreational access to its public lands while continuing to manage them to support environmental restoration, water supply, water quality and flood control missions. At present, the District owns approximately 600,000 acres of land that are open to the public. Many of these properties are in their natural state or have enhancements such as picnic tables, informational kiosks, primitive campsites and hiking trails.

Stormwater Treatment Areas are the water-cleaning workhorses of Everglades restoration. They are also known as renowned havens for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

For more information on recreational opportunities throughout the District’s 16-county region, visit www.sfwmd.gov/recreation.

WHEN: January 3, 2015
TIME: 7 a.m.
WHERE: Click here for a map and written directions.
RSVP: Margaret England, Hendry-Glades Audubon Society
(863) 517-0202

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