Stick Marsh CWA
Total Area: .92 acres uplands, 1.55 acres water
Closure Dates: Islands are closed year-round. The in-water buffer and the channel between the islands is closed to entry from January 1 – July 31.
Focal Species: Roseate spoonbills, great egret, snowy egret, tricolored herons, anhinga
Stick Marsh CWA includes two tree islands in the St. John’s Water Management Area’s Stick Marsh/Farm 13 Reservoir in Fellsmere, west of Vero Beach. Hundreds of state-imperiled roseate spoonbills and tricolored herons join snowy and great egrets to nest from January to July each year. At sunset, thousands of wading birds fly into the islands to roost.
Stick Marsh CWA is adjacent to T.M. Goodwin Wildlife Management Area, a site along the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is easily viewed from shore. The islands are closed to entry year-round, and the in-water buffer is closed seasonally to protect nesting birds during the breeding season.