Wastewater treatment facilities don’t seem like great places to see wildlife. However, throughout the country the holding ponds associated with these areas are often amazing places to spot hundreds of bird species. At one such site in Okaloosa County, my mother and I found Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Blue-winged Teal, Least Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Tree Swallows, and Barn Swallows. The sun was setting as we left, casting a golden light across the landscape.
Erika Zambello is a writer, birder, and photographer living and working along the Emerald Coast of Florida. She has a master’s degree in environmental management, where she specialized in ecosystem science and conservation. Her love of the outdoors was inspired by a childhood in Maine, where she returned for her National Geographic Young Explorer grant. In addition to Maine, she has lived in New York, France, Washington, DC, and North Carolina. Erika believes in the power of communicating conservation and exploration, which was the inspiration for One World, Two Feet. View all posts by Erika Zambello