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One of the recent locations we visit when in the Vero Beach area is the Fellsmere Stick Marsh CWA. Here is the fish and wildlife description: "
Stick Marsh CWA includes two tree islands in the St. John’s Water Management Area’s Stick Marsh/Farm 13 Reservoir in Fellsmere, west of Vero Beach. Hundreds of state-imperiled roseate spoonbills and tricolored herons join snowy and great egrets to nest from January to July each year. At sunset, thousands of wading birds fly into the islands to roost.
Stick Marsh CWA is adjacent to T.M. Goodwin Wildlife Management Area, a site along the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is easily viewed from shore. The islands are closed to entry year-round, and the in-water buffer is closed seasonally to protect nesting birds during the breeding season."
A lot of photographers have recently discovered the rookery islands. This year there are a lot of Roseate Spoonbill nests. Since you can shoot from the surrounding land it is a great location for these subjects.
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