October 15 Field Trip to STA 5/6 with Steve Buczynski
Free Registration link on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sta-56-driving-bird-tour-tickets-15361938973
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Join Peace River Audubon Society on Oct 15, 2022 on a Driving Field Trip to STA 5/6 Stormwater Treatment Center from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Trip leaders will be Bob Hartman and Margaret England. Register though Eventbrite for trips Clewiston FL
Public Access will be at the Blumberg Road Gate. The Deer Fence Public access will be closed for at least 2 years. Please email or text the cell phone number you will be using on the trip day to firstname.lastname@example.org text: 863-517-0202.
Please arrive at the gate at 7:45 a.m. Bring water, snacks, lunch and the signed release form. Extra forms will be available if you do not have access to a printer. The majority of birders finish by noon. Thank you for your interest in the STA5 escorted trips. Margaret England Cell: 863-517-0202
It isn’t necessary to print tickets. To download liability release from go to http://www.hendrygladesaudubon.org Extra forms are available at check in. See you at the event.
From the north. Starting on SR 80 just east of Clewiston, take Hendry County CR 835 or Evercane Road 9 ½ miles south. • Look for an old cell tower then at a westbound curve turn east onto Blumberg Road. • Travel south 9 miles on asphalt; look for a dirt road with a stop sign and an STA 5 sign. • Continue 2 more miles south on the dirt to the public access site
From the south. Take Exit 49 for Snake Road off Interstate 75 and go north 25 miles. • At Hendry CR 835, turn east and go 20 miles. • At a northbound curve, turn east onto Blumberg Road. • Travel south 9 miles on asphalt; look for a dirt road with a stop sign and an STA 5 sign. • Continue 2 more miles south on the dirt to the public access site.
Dogs are not allowed at STA 5/6 particularly due to potential stressing of nesting birds etc., that could be impacted.
Please follow the specific guidelines.
• Stay next to vehicle when getting out of vehicle
• Limit to 50 participants
• Use of facial cover recommended
• Maintain Social Distancing
• No carpooling upon arrival at the site
• No sharing of equipment (cameras, binoculars, scopes, etc.)• Walkie talkies radios are to be cleaned prior to and after each event if used
• New liability releases sign by each participant
Bird list from PRAS trip on Nov 21, 2020
About STA 5/6: Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 (STA 5/6) is a 16,508 acre constructed wetland designed to reduce phosphorus loading to the northern Everglades and the Rotenberger Wildlife Management Area. The plants inside this constructed wetland are absorbing phosphorus as they grow, eventually depositing much of the nutrient in the soils. Previously under agricultural practices for decades, phosphorus from fertilizers and organic soils has been carried into the Everglades by storm runoff, causing a change in the Everglades landscape. Too much of this essential nutrient has allowed cattail to invade the River of Grass, reducing the coverage of sawgrass and open water sloughs. Unfortunately, cattail does not provide the habitat necessary to support many of the plant and animal species that are unique to the Everglades. STA 5/6 is a STA mandated by the State of Florida’s Everglades Forever Act with a primary goal of reducing the amount of phosphorus that reaches the Everglades ecosystem. The numerous levees, water control structures and monitoring equipment within STA5/6 are critical to the success of the phosphorus control program.