The Dry Tortugas chain of islands south of Key West, Florida, long has been valued for its strategic location at the confluence of the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the western Caribbean Sea. Fort Jefferson was built there in the early 1800s to defend this area. Today the fort is the icon of Dry Tortugas National Park.
Dry Tortugas National Park
The Yankee Freedom III, the official ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, has announced the second annual Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park Photo Contest. The contest kicked off on June 1 and will end on May 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
Ready for crystal-clear water, white sandy beaches, and vibrantly colored tropical fish? How about a dose of history, complete with prison cells, an historic fort, and stories from one of our most iconic writers? Maybe you’d like to snorkel a coral reef or see hundreds of species of birds all in one place. Well, then, it’s probably time for a day trip out to Dry Tortugas National Park on the Yankee Freedom III.
Following a year-long competition, a grand prize winner has been chosen for The Dry Tortugas #Photo Contest.
Dreaming of visiting Dry Tortugas National Park off the Florida Keys is one thing, getting there is another. That's where the Yankee Freedom III comes in.
We're starting to see a lot of "100" themed activities across the National Park System this year in honor of the National Park Service's Centennial, and Florida's offering invites you to paddle 100 miles in the state's 11 national parks.
A massive omnibus budget bill, if passed by Congress, promises to deliver some early holiday cheer to the National Park Service with a nearly 10 percent increase in discretionary funding, according to an analysis by the National Parks Conservation Association.
Over the last decade, the explosion of books related to birding has seen the formation of a subgenre focused on the GISS concept. GISS (typically pronounced jizz) is an acronym for General Impression, Size, and Shape. This refers to the method of identifying a bird by visible features other than the color and markings. It’s how most seasoned birders make split-second identifications in the field. Over time, GISS has come to be a catch-all term for the holistic approach to bird identification where distribution, time of year, habitat, and behavioral considerations blend with size and shape (and good old fashioned field marks!) to make a bird knowable in an instant.
A tropical storm bearing down on Florida is prompting the closure of Everglades, Dry Tortugas, and Biscayne national parks until at least noon on Tuesday.
The deafening roar of the 225-horsepower Mercury engine propelled our skiff across the turquoise expanse of Biscayne Bay. It was hard to imagine that less than an hour earlier I’d been sipping a café cubano in the heart of downtown Miami. Here we were though, making headway toward an offshore reef to explore some of South Florida’s renowned marine habitat.