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"Explore Various Ponds by Car" Top 5 Page for this destination Everglades National Park Things to Do Tip by KimberlyAnn

Everglades National Park Things to Do: 194 reviews and 362 photos

  White Pelicans and a Cormorant
by KimberlyAnn

Take a Drive to a variety of ponds, stopping to view the wildlife in the area. We were able to view a huge nursery filled with wood storks along one pond. We also saw some anhinga and a few beautiful Roseate Spoonbills with their pink bodies and red wing shoulders. Snowy Egrets in breeding plumage, white pelicans, blue-winged teal, red-shouldered hawks, white ibis, and the great blue heron in its white form were also observed (sometimes this bird is referred to as the great white heron). Two of the ponds we visited were Nine Mile Pond and Paurotis Pond. Paurotis Pond is named for the rare paurotis palms, which may be seen in the area. There are picnic tables here and a launching ramp for canoes and kayaks. Nine Mile Pond is a brackish pond where fresh and salt water mix. The salt tolerant red mangrove trees may be seen here with their aerial roots. These ponds are listed in a small book titled Motorist’s Guide to Everglades National Park. You may be surprised, but the white pelicans shown in the photo can also be seen around my home town of Cody, Wyoming in the summers.

Directions: Paurotis Pond is 24.5 miles from the Coe Visitor Center; Nine Mile Pond is 26.5 miles from the Coe Visitor Center.

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  • Updated Mar 4, 2006
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