Saving the Everglades: Conservation Field Trip & Bird Tour to A-1 FEB

Join Tropical Audubon Field Trip Leader Brian Rapoza for an informational field trip and birding outing spotlighting the Everglades, South Florida's most iconic and valuable ecosystem. Dive deep into the River of Grass and its birds and other wildlife inhabitants. Tour the Flow Equalization Basin (A-1 FEB) in the Everglades Agricultural Area of southern Palm Beach County, the largest of three constructed storage features in the State of Florida's Restoration Strategies Plan to improve water quality in the Everglades. Learn how the 15,000-acre shallow reservoir is used to capture and temporarily store peak stormwater flows, holding water up to 4 feet deep, and how that water is directed to two nearby Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) to improve the ability of the treatment wetlands to remove nutrients such as phosphorus from the water before it is sent to the Everglades. Meet at 7am inside the A-1 FEB entrance at mile marker 60 on the west side of US 27, 12.5 miles north of the Broward/Palm Beach county line. Walkie-talkies will be available for loan (one per vehicle). Bring lunch. No preregistration required.