John Carrico

Most Unlikely Place to Commune With Nature

Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Facility

If you don't know what goes into Dillo Dirt, you're better off not finding out until after visiting Austin's 700-acre bird-watching Mecca. The smell is likely to give it away anyhow ? but Hornsby Bend, the site of the dirt in question, offers a great year-round opportunity for viewing a remarkable variety of our fine-feathered friends. Monthly surveys regularly turn up at least 50 species, including shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, woodpeckers and more. Don't forget your binoculars.

Rob Fergus, 347-7572

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