Greetings!
 
Wow! Bill's mention of Viera Wetlands really rung my bell as I had just this morning been researching that location as a potential spot to visit this December . . . just this very morning. Crazy coincidence, or providence? I guess this location is OFF the "potential" list and now on the "must visit" list.
 
To piggyback on this discussion. My first public waste water experience outside of Berrien Springs County, Three-Oaks, MI where we birders were allowed to view the lagoons from outside the 7 feet tall fencing was the summer of 2006 in Tucson, AZ at the Sweetwater Wetlands Area. We had just landed at the airport and upon renting our vehicle, the Sweetwater Wetlands was immediately our first stop after leaving the rental lot. There, we were "privy" to many awesome species including Least Grebe, White-faced Ibis, Purple & Common Gallinules, etc.
http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/water/sweetwater
 
Another place we visited later in the week was Sierra Vista Wastewater Wetlands where we heard a calling Virginia Rail and saw a Yellow-headed Blackbird.
http://www.sierravistaaz.gov/water/eop/content.php?fDD=22-244
 
Bird on!

Chris Barrigar
 
Cole Co.
Russellville, MO
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"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in."   JOHN MUIR

 

Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:44:28 -0800
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Subject: Re: No sighting: Public listings, private locales, and sewage lagoons
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All,
If you haven't experienced Viera Wetlands in Florida I highly recommend it on your next trip south.  It serves as a shining example of how one county in Florida figured out that birders and nature photographers are not the enemy.  Instead, they see us as a valuable source of tax revenue which every city and county needs in order to operate their water reclamation facilities.  They have made Viera Wetlands free and open to the public and all they ask is that you please sign in so that they can keep track of how many visitors they receive.  As a result, it has become a birding hotspot in the state and the envy of many other counties.  Here's just a few of the links on this unique sewage treatment facility.  

http://www.wildlifesouth.com/Locations/Florida/VieraWetlands.html
http://www.brevardcounty.us/NaturalResources/EnvironmentalResources/Wetlands
http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/wastewater/dom/wetviera.htm

Bill Blackledge
Plattsburg (Smithville Lake), MO


On Thursday, November 14, 2013 2:02 PM, Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Just goes to show:  Give a birder and inch and he'll take a scope view!

Bodacious lawabiding birding,

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Nov 14, 2013, at 1:20 PM, Allen Gathman wrote:

> My home village of Pocahontas has a set of three small sewage ponds that are definitely not open to the public -- but since they're right across the road from me, I sneak over from time to time.  I don't actually know who to contact for permission, so I just try to be inconspicuous.  Not something I'd recommend to anyone else, of course.
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> -Allen
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