Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 Birding Tours

The stormwater treatment areas, owned and operated by the South Florida Water Management District, are vast, constructed wetlands that use vegetation to naturally cleanse excess nutrients from water before it enters the Everglades. These remote, shallow-water marshes attract many species of nesting wading birds, migratory and other water fowl such as great blue herons, wood storks, snowy egrets, great egrets and roseate spoonbills.

Tours are open to anyone, but participants must register to reserve a space on the trips. Space is limited! Tours are capped at maximium of 60 participants, and may be more limited on some tours. The STA-5/6 schedule and a map with directions follows the tour information.

Tour Information

Reminders: Take sunscreen, water, snacks, hats and wear closed-toe shoes. Tour-participants must stay on the levee. There is no age minimum for the trips. Birders will now be allowed to drive around cell 1B in a one-way fashion. Carpooling is strongly advised to minimize the number of vehicles in the area. The caravan will be led by a Hendry-Glades Audubon Society member.

Reservations: Required for scheduled driving access. Register online at Eventbrite STA 5/6 Driving Bird Tour. For information, e-mail Margaret England or contact her by cell/text: (863) 517-0202. For general information, contact B. J. Kattel at (561) 682-6640.

2018 Schedule

January 13
January 20
February 3
February 17, 18, 19 (Great Backyard Bird Count
March 3
March 17
April 7
April 21
May 5
May 19
September 8
September 22
October 6
October 20
November 3
November 17
December 1
December 15
December 29 (Christmas Bird Count)

Updates may be found on the Hendry-Glades Audubon Society website.