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Visit East Fork Wetland Project: Water, Wildlife, and Family Legacy

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The foresight of the Sands family combined with public and private partnerships have made the Wetland Project a success, DeFillipo says. The center provides tours, nature classes, and a relaxing deck/patio complete with rocking chairs for guests to view wildlife. The boardwalk is another way to watch the Wetland Center activity, as it extends into one of the cells. The Wetland Center is open every first Saturday of the month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and also for special events. Major gatherings and fundraisers include “Wings Over the Wetlands” every other October, and an upcoming May 11 “Mudbug Festival” and fun run, offering a crawfish feast and fun for the entire family.

The Wetland Project is the story of human ingenuity meeting the natural world, creating a place where both can thrive. Many birds I viewed on this chilly morning were “life birds” for me, but my visit was also a life experience that will bring me back season after season. Visit their website: www.wetlandcenter.com

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