Roads and Donations

Posted by Rosemary Webb

The Wood Storks were hiding in Cell 1.
The Wetlands gave us a beautiful day today, even though the wind was whipping up and the Wood Storks were hiding out in Cell 1. It looks like there’s going to be a cold first day for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival.
When you visit us, you’ll notice that we added a new Donations box and kiosk near the parking lot. This is to support our effort to earn enough funds to complete the re-grading of the rest of the roads, so they can be open more often.
The new kiosk and donation box. Help the otter reach its pond!
More often?
If the roads along the back parts are dry, AND rain is not predicted, AND nothing else prevents it – someone will open those back roads no later than mid-morning on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from now through April 15. (Specifically, December 15 through April 15, and each day of the Space Coast Birding Festival.) 
Why the two different opening times? Because the two portions of roads are in different states of repair: A little bit of water won’t hurt the roads that were re-crowned. We didn’t really widen the roads, we simply took all the dirt, gravel, and so on that was there, ground it all up, tamped it down, and made the middle of the road the highest part. Water runs off nicely now, and (using the entire width of the existing road) there is plenty of room for even two vans to pass comfortably most of the way around.
The back roads, now – those we only had the funds to scrape, and put a tilt to the roadbed so the water could drain away. A small amount of water on the back roads, when squished by a half dozen cars, could cause significant damage in an afternoon. So, the front half and the back half will open and close separately on the days the back roads are scheduled to be open. We’ll open the roads as soon as we can, but sometimes unforeseen circumstances crop up. [Yes, we are well aware how many people want to drive the back loops. We promise, if we’re not out early, we’ll get there as SOON as the flat tire gets fixed…]
So, come visit us, and see what each day brings at the Wetlands – 1000+ Tree Swallows, all trying to eat the wax myrtle berries from the same 3’ bush; Hooded Mergansers doing their courtship dance; American Bitterns booming across the grasses… Who knows?
We look forward to seeing you there!
Sunday the Tree Swallows were trying to get a few late berries, all at the same time.



  1. tericay said...

    So very sad to hear the news about the roads. This used to be one of the best places to take my husband to bird, since his health only allows birding by car.

    The very limited access now allowed to vehicles isn't worth a special trip across the state. I hope that in the future all the roads can be properly crowned to return access to disabled birders to this wonderful facility.

  2. tericay said...

    Are there plans for this, or are the access changes expected to be permanent?

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