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  HABITATS FOR COASTAL BIRDS AND MIGRATORY BIRDS
In developing its site and mitigation areas, Freeport LNG has enhanced and created areas that have become sought out by many coastal bird species. The mitigation area along the ICW is supporting nesting black skimmers and seagulls as well as a host of wading birds. Brown pelicans use the area on and near the gabions placed by Freeport LNG as part of the mitigation design for resting and fishing.
 

 

 
The stormwater pond/wetland along CR 723 in front of the site also hosts a large contingent of shore and wading birds including roseate spoonbills, gulls, avocets, stilts and many others. The mitigation areas on Surfside have preserved important stopover areas for neotropical migrants as well as an expanded population of ducks, black-necked stilts and other waders and dabblers that could not utilize the pond when it was overgrown. As a result of placement of dredged materials, coastal wading birds have feasted on prey items that come out along with the materials. Overall bird usage of the site and the areas that have been preserved or enhanced has become much more noticeable.
 
 
  Relocation and Expansion of the Quintana Xeriscape Park
 
Freeport LNG worked with the Town of Quintana to relocate, expand and enhance a small municipal park on land that was part of the project work area. The existing park was a 0.42 acre parcel of land that had a walking path, bridge, drainage ditch and several added features, and harbored migrant neotropical bird species during the spring and fall migration periods. Through the joint efforts of Freeport LNG, the Town of Quintana and several local conservation groups, the park was relocated and is now 2.55 acres in size. The new park sports footpaths, water features, benches, a parking area, planted palm trees, a footbridge and other features to attract both neotropical birds and visitors.