Birds of Southwest Florida

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands aka Viera Wetlands

Melbourne, FL

Viera Wetlands is an outstanding nature preserve with fantastic birding.  Built around a series of marsh impoundments used to filter water from a county treatment facility, the marshes are accessed by road when dry or by walking the over three miles of dike roadways,  When I was last there, there had been a heavy thunderstorm the night before, so access was only by walking.  I thought that gave better birding and closer observation of some of the smaller more hidden species.  The wetlands are easily accessed off I-95 near Melbourne with a hotel and various restaurants at the interstate exit for those staying overnight and getting to the marsh for first light.

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