Ibis Interest, An Ormond beach story.

There’s not enough time in the world it feels like to do ones duties as a member of society and yet also do what one wants or needs. and I was certainly out and about this morning looking at the many birds that I wish I had taken pictures of now that I begin writing. But a small list includes Ibis, Herrons, ducks, sparrows, phoebes and the endangered snowy plovers. The natural world can feel so far away in the city but spending some time with some of the natural avians made the morning start right. the beach is near wetlands that the ducks love and the beach itself is a huge nesting ground for the plover population…. however the beach itself for the use of humans is limited. as seen in the following picture

the fence bordering the military base
the plover fence

Between the fence keeping you out of the military base to your left and the plover nesting site to the right, alot of ormond is fenced off, for good reason mind you but it does detract heavily from the scenic beauty of the area… that is not to mention the deactivated power plant down the coast that is also in plain sight.

The beach itself is not great if your looking for your usual surfing, sun bathing or for any sort of grand view… if your looking for birds and animals to watch however… you may be surprised.

2 thoughts on “Ibis Interest, An Ormond beach story.

  1. bryan.whitten655 says:

    An interesting approach to your blog Rane. This essentially correlates to the overall appearance of our beaches and why I don’t agree with armoring all of our beaches. The beach is a natural phenomenon that once is altered by man-made features that take away from its perfection. I understand the military barriers but goes to show how metal, concrete, and other modifications can really destroy the overall appearance. With the three options of seawall armoring, green nourishment, or retreat to protect our beaches, I believe retreat is our best option. We have to consider the long-term orientation of our beaches, especially with the inevitable sea-level rise. All of the engineering that can prevent erosion to our beaches is only a temporary fix. The sign is kind of funny in relation to the beach itself as well. The sign portrays this nice welcoming message until you stroll through the photos and see that this beach isn’t the most eye-appealing part of our coasts. Then again, neither is Oxnard!

    • rane.baker327 says:

      Thanks, I absolutely agree with the retreat option. The fact that so many things are built along the coast does keep you in the mindset you’re part of civilization still, which is what the ocean does for me, that is, to help me attune with nature for a bit. I must agree as well that Oxnard, not the prettiest but its home.

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