This is one of my favorite historic aerial photos of Sewall’s Point; I have used it before. It is on page 11 of my mother’s book “Sewall’s Point a History of a Peninsular Community on Florida’s Treasure Coast.”
Taken in the 1950s, the peninsula is basically undeveloped. The spoil islands, from dredging the Intercostal Waterway, sit to the east of the island lone and unattached…
One very special spoil island is in this photo as well. I think it is the one furthest north: Bird Island, or MC 2, is a small spoil island now off the Archipelago. Comparing the photo above and below you can see the changes to the east side of Sewall’s Point and Bird Island.
I visited Bird Island yesterday with the Florida Wildlife Commission preparing for a field trip for their board who is meeting in South Florida this week. Bird Island was the first Critical Wildlife Area in the state of Florida designated in 20 years in 2014. This was an enormous accomplishment!
Kipp Fröhlich who was aboard boat yesterday said, “Yes it is amazing, we still don’t totally understand why the birds choose this particular island!” This is true. There are many to choose from.
One thing is for sure, the birds and humans love it here! It is a wonderful thing when wildlife and humans can reside together. Thank you FWC!
FWC Bird Island report: http://myfwc.com/news/news-releases/2015/january/28/bird-island-cwa/
Former blog on Bird Island with details on bird life: https://jacquithurlowlippisch.com/2014/05/09/bird-islandindian-river-lagoon-one-of-floridas-most-important-avian-breeding-grounds/
4 thoughts on “Sewall’s Point is for the Birds! SLR/IRL”
Never ceases to amaze me the “good nature” we have every where you turn in Martin County.
I read that wood storks require 400 POUNDS of fish to raise their young. How can you exspect anything to survive unless YOU bring the environment back to the way it has been for thousands of years.
I almost never see wood storks feeding in lagoon . They feed in canals along roads that have calcium runoff. I don’t think your lagoon has enough fish in it to feed an ally cat much less a healthy bird population. Everything is good here. Fat pelicans have developed a new way of fishing. We have thousands of docks and now there are at least 2 on every dock. When fish swim by they dive in.Its simple and uses little energy. Blue herons that are totally selfish now show total unselfishness in careing for their young. I will head to where ACID caused fish kill tomarrow