I had the opportunity to visit a storm treatment area that's usually closed to the public with the Audubon of the Everglades group. If you're not familiar, storm treatment areas (STAs) are huge impounds designed to clean run-off water from local agriculture before it goes into the aquifer or the Everglades. This 6,500 acre compound is a haven for birds and other wildlife.
|Osprey with fish|
|One of the impounds - it's quite pretty.|
|Black-bellied whistling ducks|
|Great blue heron|
|Black skimmer skimming for fish|
|A flock of skimmers takes flight|
|Roseate spoonbill and a black-necked stilt|