The Joys of Living Here!

Phillip and Shirley Killion, formerly of Ridgefield, Connecticut, give us their thoughts in their own words, about one of our area’s unique attractions;  Wakodahatchee Wetlands which are located on Jog Road, south of Woolbright Road, just before Lake Ida/ Sims Road. Admission is free for everyone.
Thoughts on the current wood storks nesting in Wakodahatchee, May, 2012.
When we moved to Boynton Beach several years ago, we discovered Wakodahatchee Wetlands, and being nature lovers, we were immediately drawn to it again and again, and it became a favorite place for our morning walks. Over the years we have happily watched great blue egrets, ibises, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, tri-color egrets, red-wing blackbirds, cormorants, moorhens, stilt birds, grebes, grackles and even alligators and raccoons raise their young at Wakodahatchee.  My husband, a neighbor and I are often at Wakodahatchee Wetlands on any given morning around 7:45, taking our morning walk along the mile-long boardwalk.

Surprisingly, this year, we started noticing groups of wood storks around the wetlands; then we saw them gathering sticks and taking them to the cypress trees, and we thought, ” Are they making nests?” We didn’t really believe they would build nests in the short cypress trees they had settled upon in the wetlands. We knew they were endangered birds and we had observed them many years ago making nests in very tall cypress trees at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near Naples, FL.
As the days went by, we were still skeptical, but several storks remained on the cypress trees, and it appeared that some of them were sitting as if they were on nests, but we were still weren’t convinced they were nesting. The cypress trees are far enough away from the boardwalk that even with binoculars, we couldn’t be sure what was going on.
One day as we approached the area of the wood stork encampment, a lady was watching them intently and snapping pictures, so we stopped and pointed our binoculars at the storks. She said, “Aren’t they cute?” We said, “What? Are there baby wood storks?” And there they were! Little white fuzzballs with “small” versions of the enormous bills that adult woodstorks have. We felt joyful as we saw the fuzzy little chicks with their big bills sitting in their nests, because we knew that the reclaimed wetlands of Wakodahatchee had successfully persuaded the endangered wood storks that there was food and sanctuary in their beautiful preserve.

1 comment to The Joys of Living Here!

  • Victoria

    The Killions just gave me and update:

    We observed two nests of fuzzy woodstork babies this morning at Wachodahatchee, so success is at hand. Two each in each nest, with mother taking loving care and papa bringing food. What could be better than that? What a wonderful place! What a great gift to us all — it is a great tourist attraction as well and it is free.

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