Bird-watchers consider Florida one of the best states for viewing

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SARASOTA, Fla -- Sara and Sota, the ABC 7 ospreys, take turns each season watching their eggs and keeping them warm throughout the day.

Jeanne Dubi, President of the Sarasota Audubon Society, sees this all the time and says ospreys usually build their nests within a mile of water and eventually teach their young how to fish.

"If you see a nest and see birds with young, just leave them alone and let them get on with it," she says.


Dubi says thousands of visitors have come through the 300-acre county wildlife area called Celery Fields to see ospreys like Sara and Sota, as well as over 200 other species of birds.

"We have such varied habitat here," Dubi says. "We have coastline, we have swamps, we have islands, we have woodlands -- we have it all."

As a Audubon Society member, Sue Guarasci agrees. She started bird watching at a young age.

"I grew up with my mother as a bird watcher, so we would go on vacations all over the country," she says.

Dubi also says celery fields not only serves as a bird watchers paradise, but they serve a purpose for the birds as well.

"A lot of our birds come through Florida and wind up in South America, Central America or the Caribbean, so this is great land for them coming or going."

The audubon society will also lease an acre of land to build a nature center.

And celery fields just east of I-75 considered on of the premiere spots for bird watching in Sarasota County will have it's official opening in October. and as for our resident osprey, look for ABC-7's own John Scalzi and Sarasota Audubon Society's Rick Greenspun to talk about what's going on in that nest...Wednesday at Noon.