So soggy & boggy

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Never have I seen the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area so waterlogged. Even the “high & dry” scrubby pine flatwoods were inundated.

Indian River Mosquito Control District Director Doug Carlson, pictured below in the ORCA parking lot, led the walk to the 15′ Observation Tower overlooking the coastal wetlands.

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Lots of folks from the Volunteer Nature Stewardship Class of 2016 braved the muddy, wet conditions and paused to pose on the Observation Tower …

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Low lying areas near the Indian River Lagoon, of course, were soggy, but unexpected places were a morass of mud and water …

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Special thanks to all who without much provocation clipped and yanked the invasive pest plant of the day, Brazilian pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius) …

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Red mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) propagules and other aquatic plants were flourishing …

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