The man-made wetlands covers 300 acres and can process over 6.75 million gallons of water a day. Completed in early 1998 and was opened to the public for Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing. The Blue Heron Wetlands is host to many birds that reside in the marsh year round, as well as migratory waterfowl and birds of prey that visit Florida for the winter months. Most of the birds native to Florida nest in or adjacent to the marsh. Other birds that nest in the marsh include Least Bitterns, Purple Gallinules, Moorhens, Black Crowned Night Herons, Sand Hill Cranes, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Northern Harriers, Red-Shouldered Hawks, Bald Eagles, Merlins, Sharp-skinned Hawks, Cooper Hawks and hundreds of migratory ducks. White Tail Deer, Bobcats, River Otters, Raccoons, and Marsh Rabbits are regularly seen along the berm.