Birding-Viera Wetlands

The wetlands are a popular site for birders, photographers, and eco-tourists.  The entire wetland system is accessable by automobile, making the site popular among those who find the rigors of hiking trails and summer temperatures daunting.  Even better, viewing the site from one's automobile serves to screen visitors from birds and widlife, enhancing the experience. 
The perimeter of the wetlands central lake was seeded with native wildflowers in March 2007. This project was made possible through a grant from the Florida Wildflower Foundation with funds generated through the sale of wildflower license plates. A covered gazebo serves as a visitors information center overlooking the lake.

© Dawn Currie
"Great weather - lots of bird activity. I recorded sightings of 30 bird species: Pied-billed Grebe, Coot, Moorhen, Boat-tailed Grackle, Cormorant, Anhinga, Limpkin, Cattle Egret, Red-Winged Blackbird, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Tree Swallow, Black-crowned Night Heron, Least Bittern, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Sandhill Crane, Starling, Osprey, Savannah Sparrow, Prairie Warbler, Palm Warbler, Eastern Phoebe, Great Blue Heron, Green Heron, Tri-color Heron, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Sora, Mockingbird" -Dawn Currie

© Janice Reynolds
"Beautiful area with a lot if different wildlife to photograph." -Janice Reynolds

© Carolyn Shafer
"Lots of wildlife opportunities, many different birds and animals, excellent weather and a nice brunch afterwards....a good day." -Carolyn Shafer

© J. Scott Kelly
"Viera was an enjoyable location! The weather was beautiful and we had the opportunity to photograph many different species of animals. I will go back to this area again soon. A big shout out and THANK YOU to Dawn Currie for forwarding to me information on the location. I also thank her for printing and providing detailed maps!!" -J. Scott Kelly