18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Tricolored Heron Landing at Grissom Reclaimed Water Wetlands

The Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands was constructed in 2007 to "polish" waste water for reuse and create a wildlife sanctuary. There are four cells and a central lake. The cells were designed to maintain differing levels of water to reflect and support a wide variety of wildlife. The wildlife is abundant, home to many, while also supporting migratory birds. This is an incredible example of achieving multiple environmental objects . . . water reuse and creation of a wetlands sanctuary. The landing Tricolored Heron is just one of many examples of the the wildlife to be found at the Grissom Wetlands.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Viera, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Copyright: © Jeffrey Whittingham