I can hear you know, “Wakoda who?” Well, let me tell you that today I took a walk at the Wakodahatchee Wetlands located in Delray Beach, FL. It’s name has an interesting history. It’s derived from the Seminole Indian Language and translates as “created waters.” The created waters at Wakodahatchee Wetlands are an example of people giving something back to nature. Fifty acres of unused utilities land have been beautifully transformed into a wetlands ecosystem.
Every day, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities pump approximately two million gallons of water into the Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The wetlands cleanse the water by acting as a natural filter.
The Wakodahatchee Wetlands attract an abundant variety of wildlife including turtles, frogs, alligators and birds. More than 140 different species of birds have been spotted here! These species thrive in the various wetland zones found at Wakodahatchee Wetlands:
- Open pond water areas to attract waterfowl and diving birds
- Emergent marsh areas for rails, moorhens, and sparrows
- Shallow shelves for herons and egrets
- Islands with shrubs and snags to serve as roosting, nesting, and basking sites
- Forested wetland areas for long-term habitat development & breeding grounds
The three-quarter mile boardwalk winds through three of the wetland’s ponds, allows visitors the opportunity to read interpretive signs and learn about water purification, wetlands ecology, natural history, and the inter-dependence of people and their environment.
Check out photos on the photo page at: http://emiling.com