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“Easy Traveling Around and Viewing”

Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands
Ranked #3 of 112 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 26, 2014

Made my first stop at what was formerly known as the Viera Wetlands this past week. Many other photographer friends suggested it and I finally made it. It was great for viewing and traveling around on the dirt road rather than having to hike for miles in the hot sun. Late April is NOT a good time to see many birds, however. February and March would be better months, but we did see a Sandhill Crane family walking along munching on plants and allowing us to take numerous photographs of them.
Water reclamation sites in Florida are good birding sites and are well protected, preserved and numbered in a variety of birds.

1  Thank Susan J
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

Gators, birds and more birds! It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Some people were more in a rush, so just pull over and let them go.

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We drove thru the wetlands. I enjoyed that with a good pair of binoculars the variety of birds you could see. I fell in love with the sandhill cranes and their distintive walk, the mangroves were something to behold as well. Last but not least we were fortunate to see manatees.
The only thing that disapointed me was the people driving thru the wetlands while using cell phones.

Thank Gardnbug
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Reviewed April 17, 2014

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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Reviewed April 15, 2014

Best viewing of native birds in Brevard. It is a wonderful place to see birds all year round, but it's especially nice in winter with all the seasonal visitors.

Thank tinaswanson
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