Pelican Island Audubon Society
Hugh Stevenson leads a guide a field trip around the 83.7 acre facility that boasts a range of natural Florida ecosystems including uphill pine, mesic oak hammock, a smallscrub area, and manmade wetlands. Having these various habitats promotes a wealth of biodiversity within the property.
Originally slated for more than 400 home parcels, Osprey Acres was bought by Indian River County, to not only preserve these fragile ecosystems, but to aide in further treatment of stormwater and reverse osmosis reject water before these waters enter the Indian River Lagoon. Waters for treatment come from both Osprey Marsh (next door) and untreated canal water.
Special treatment cells and a constructed serpentine flow way not only filters the surface water, removing nutrients that could have caused harmful algal growth in the Lagoon, but now also provide essential wetland habitat for birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects – up to 45% which are rare and endangered.
Address: 925 5th Street SW, Vero Beach.
8:00am - 9:30am EDT
Osprey Acres Stormwater Park and Nature Preserve
925 5th St SW, Vero Beach, FL 32962
|| Bob Montanaro