“It was so dry out there” she explained in shock, “… that can’t be good for the wildlife.” “Plus,” she added, “I’m worried about the wildfires.” (April and the first half of May is usually a time of low rain.)
“And why was there so much water on the other side of the road?”
“The road you thought was the Tamiami Trail,” I explained, “was actually the top of the L-29 levee. In general, it blocks the flow of the glades, and specifically – when its gates are closed (as they are now, and have been for months) – it stops the water cold in its tracks,” (or hot in its tracks, as is the case in south Florida).
So despite all that water to the north, that area is poor nesting and foraging habitat for the wading birds.
It’s too deep.
Now THAT was a wildfire season to remember.