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Everglades National Park, although a large park of 1,506,539 acres, only encompasses one-fifth of the Florida Everglades. This national park is the most famous wetland preserve in the United States, being the only subtropical preserve in North America, a flooded grassland that is home to many tropical and subtropical trees and plants, more than 300 bird species, 150 fish species, and 60 federally listed threatened or endangered species including the Florida panther and the American crocodile. Much of the park is a region of mangrove waterways and sawgrass marsh dotted with hammocks and salt prairies. The Everglades has three international designations: International Biosphere Reserve, World Heritage Site, and Wetland of International Significance. But this park is in trouble. The numbers of wading birds nesting in colonies have declined 93% since the 1930s. The rains still fall in south Florida today, but the extensive canal and levee systems have shut off the life-giving rainwater before it can reach the national park and the remainder of the Everglades ?River of Grass.? Sometimes the water control structures are shut preventing the much-needed water from reaching the park, and at other times they are opened and floodwaters enter the Everglades damaging nests and/or eggs of birds. Along with this pollutants from agriculture and other human activities are damaging the ecosystem. The Everglades Coalition, an alliance of more that 42 local, state, and national organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, is working on solutions for the problem. The National Park Service and the State of Florida have agreed to be partners in enforcing existing water quality regulations and will continue to address water quality problems. The park service is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other water management jurisdictions to help save the Everglades. Hopefully with the hard work of many interested organizations and individuals a solution can be found to save this wonderful land for future generations.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:This is a wonderful area for bird watching, observing alligators, fishing, hiking, biking, or boating.
  • Cons:The Park is very hot in the summers, and at times mosquitoes and other insects can be bothersome.
  • In a nutshell:Although the ecology of this park is threatened by human development, and the numbers of wildlife have declined, there are still plenty of wildlife to enjoy, and trails to explore.
  • Last visit to Everglades National Park: Feb 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • deecat's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Just terrific! So thorough and helpful; yet, very interesting. We visited Shark Valley while staying in Naples during the month of January. Loved it. The trail descriptions were fantastic.

  • JudyinPA's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2007 at 11:43 AM

    Enjoy birdwatching and hope it is still a home for the birds once the fires are stopped. I'm sure we will get there during the cold months here.

  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 8:46 PM

    Flamingo Lodge is still closed because of H. Wilma - according to their website

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2006 at 9:34 AM

    Great page on the Everglades. I was in both Shark Valley for the tram ride and explored around Flamingo. Park is of course great for birdwatching.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2006 at 3:18 AM

    Excellent page. What a fun place to visit. I would love to see all the birdlife. Loved the Osprey Hotel.

  • IrishFem's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2005 at 9:07 AM

    Loved all your tips and pictures. The night walk sounds great. Would love to visit someday.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2005 at 10:18 AM

    Wow! Just one word: FANTASTIC! A must see for me now and forever! Thnaks a lot for this excellent page!

  • May 27, 2004 at 12:29 PM

    your tips about this great NP are brilliant and I'm happy to have your pics here for less than $7000!!! The nightwalk sounds very exciting! To observe those mating spiders must have been very interesting too!!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2004 at 3:39 PM

    fantastic tips!

  • canadiantravelgirl's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2004 at 10:34 PM

    Thanks for the wonderful page!!! Brings back a lot of great memories!!!!!


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