For the next seven Sundays, you can explore the Ten Thousand Islands area of Everglades National Park by canoe with rangers leading the way. These four-hour trips begin at 9 a.m. at the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, located at 815 Oyster Bar Lane in Everglades City, Florida 34139.
Everglades National Park
Here's your quick cheat sheet to five of the best units in the National Park System for finding wildlife this fall.
While all national parks have abundant wildlife throughout the year, fall is prime time. Birds and animals are on the move, preparing for winter, and courting. They’re busy and plentiful.
After 13 years of meetings, discussion, and debate, Everglades National Park officials have released a General Management Plan to guide the park for the next 20 years. However, whether the park will receive the funding necessary to fully implement the plan is another matter.
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.
A plan to open Everglades National Park up to the "Python Challenge" early next year is both wrong and probably illegal, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, which wants the National Park Service to prevent the hunt from being conducted within the park.
Consider yourself a snake wrangler? Then you'll want to sign up for the 2016 Python Challenge™, a month-long effort to rid Everglades National Park of as many of the non-native Burmese pythons as possible.
Perhaps few people today remember Nancy Ayers, but I will never forget her. Certainly, on being informed of her death last winter, a flood of memories came rushing back. In her honor, I decided to reread Polly Welts Kaufman's National Parks and the Woman’s Voice. Although I recalled no woman in the book quite like Nancy, I owed it to her to reflect on our friendship. A book reminiscent of her qualities seemed the perfect touch.
Areas in Everglades National Park that are managed to maximize nesting success and minimize disturbance to nesting wading birds have been reopened to public access, including the west side of Palm Key, Frank Key Channel and Carl Ross Key. Wildlife biologists have determined that herons, egrets and Roseate Spoonbills have finished nesting in these areas for the season.
At first glance, the latest foreign invader to threaten Florida ecosystems doesn't seem nearly as impressive as Burmese pythons, whose length can exceed twenty feet, or lionfish, whose colorful spines can deliver a venomous sting. Despite its small size, however, the wider impact of the "New Guinea flatworm" could eventually be even more serious than that of the pythons.