Reservations for STA-5/6 Escorted Driving Trips : available for June 2015 -December 2016
STA- 5/6 ( Stormwater Treatment Area- 5/6) Information
Video from the January 31, 2015 STA-5/6 (Stormwater Treatment Area 5) trip by TiTi and Jim McNeill. Here is a 90-second video of Black Skimmers and Forster’s Terns in flight. There were hundreds of them and it was amazing to watch.
Stormwater Treatment Area- 5/6 is open to the public during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays year-round, and on Sundays except during posted duck-harvesting days in fall and winter. In addition to the guided tours, you can hike or bike the 18 miles of trails. No motorized vehicles are allowed, except during driving trips with Audubon tours.
Go to Eventbrite to Register online for STA5 Driving Trips:
STA-5/6 Public Access: 3 opportunities
Organized Van Trips: Friday Bus Trips Clewiston Museum ( Educational Program plus visit to STA5 limit 10 participants) Email Butch Wilson for tour schedules at email@example.com or contact him at 863- 983-2870. Go to http://clewistonmuseum.org/ to learn about the Clewiston Museum and its programs.
Organized Driving Trips: 25 Scheduled Saturdays and Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend Driving Trips: Reservations required Hendry-Glades Audubon www.hendrygladesaudubon.org
Personal Walking/Bicycling Visits : Friday, Saturday, Monday Year Round and limited number of Sundays (Closed during Sunday Fall & Winter Duck Hunts ) : Daylight Hours: Park in Public Access Parking Area at east end of Deer Fence Road, (Cross the bridge, continue east of the tower to parking area where the kiosk and toilets are located. Daylight Hours: Park in Public Access Parking Area at east end of Deer Fence Road, (Cross the bridge, continue east of the tower to parking area where the kiosk and toilets are located.
Sunday (Duck Hunts)
STA-5/6 Driving Trips: Reservations are required. Openings are available April 2015- December 2016. Trips will begin at the Deer Fence Trailhead. (see map, directions and dates) STA-5/6 Schedule, Lodging, and Friday Eco-tours to STA5 and Lake Okeechobee Click here for information: ; STA-5/6 Deer Fence Written directions
STA5 BIRD-WATCHING TRIPS (South Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail Site) Through a partnership with Hendry-Glades Audubon, the South Florida Water Management District will offer to the public escorted birding trips to Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (STA-5/6) located at the east end of Deer Fence Road located 27 miles south of Clewiston in eastern Hendry County.
Trips are limited to 60 participants. Registration required. Participants meet at STA-5/6 gate at 8:15 a.m. to organize carpool. The trip begins at 8:30 a.m. To sign up for a trip send an e-mail to Margaret England, “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your name and contact information including an emergency cell number for the tour day, the date you want to go, and the number in your party. You may also leave a message at (863) 674-0695 or (863) 517-0202. Carpools of 4 people per car will be formed for this trip in order to limit the number of cars driving on the STA5 levee. Bring the completed liability release from, water, snacks, and lunch. Walkie-Talkies are suggested. The closest gas stations are located at Big Cypress Indian Reservation, Clewiston, Montura, or LaBelle. Donations are accepted by Hendry-Glades Audubon in order to help defray expenses to provide this program.
2015/2016 Birding Tours STA-5/6 Bird List & Escorted Tours Schedule
Stormwater Treatment Area 5 Southeast Hendry County, FL
2015 (Saturdays Only)
July 11, August 8, September 12. October 10, November 14, 28, December 5, 19
2016 (Saturdays Only except for GBBC weekend Feb. 14 &15)
January 2 “Christmas Bird Count”
Jan. 16. Jan. 30
Feb. 13, 14, 15 “GBBC” Everyone Welcome to the Great Backyard Bird Count Fun Days.
Feb. 20, March 12, 19. April 2,16, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13. September 10, October 8, November 5,19, December 3,17
December 31 “Christmas Bird Count”