I am a birdwatcher and this is a lovely area to see many birds close by. It is a water reclamation area for the county, that became popular with locals as a place to take a brief drive, stroll or cycle to look at the many wading and other birds that gather there. It has become a popular attraction and is a welcome addition to the community. If you do not have time to drive the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, this is a fine place to get a sampling the the bird life that is to be found in this county. Other parts of Florida are very developed with few natural areas, this county is lucky to have saved much beachfront and other inland natural areas to enjoy. The nature and wildlife are one thing that make Florida special. If you are at the beach or the Space Center, take time to visit some nature related areas, such as the wetlands,to see some Florida wildlife.
One warning, sometimes areas of the wetlands are blocked off to driving, depending on the weather or overuse. At those times you need to be prepared to do some walking to enjoy the wetlands. There are no flush toilet facilities there, just a portapotty. Also, on the drive in to the wetlands from Wickham Road, west of I 95, look in the surrounding sod fields or ponds, for the occasional Caracara, Bald Eagle on the ground or wading birds at the ponds.
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