Facts About The Florida Everglades

The Florida Everglades offer a very unique environment for a variety of  wildlife as it spans about 13,000 square miles of many different habitats.

Florida everglades, Image via Wikipedia

Everglades, Image via Wikipedia

The Florida Everglades is home to a wide variety of wildlife. This is where  the alligator makes its home. The Everglades offer a subtropical environment  with only two distinct seasons. The wet season is one of them that brings very  heavy rainfall with a warm and humid climate. Hurricanes often sweep through the  area causing extensive damage. Winter is the dry season where the is no rain and  the water levels are shallow. With the growing population in Florida, much of  the water in the Everglades is diverted to the population. This has been known  to cause great danger to the wildlife living in the Everglades.

It was in  the year 1947 when the Everglades National Park originated.  This park
spans an area of about 2,020 square miles and it is located in the  southern part of the Everglades. Some of the endangered species of the  Everglades include the Florida Panther, the Manatee, the Cape Sable Sparrow, the  Peregrine Falcon and the green Sea Turtle.

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It is where the Everglades meet the Florida Bay that creates the mangrove  swamp. It is a group of tiny islands that are surrounded by mangrove trees. This  area plays a very important role in protecting the coast from powerful storms.  The mangrovbe swamp is rich with mullet, snapper, stone crans, spiny lobsters,  and a variety of large birds. One of these birds that make their home in the  Everglades is the official Louisiana state bird called the Brown Pelican. The  Brown Pelican was once on the endangered species list in the 70s, but that is  not the case now as the Brown Pelican is no longer endangered.

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The pine forests of the Everglades contain about 30 species of native plants.  White-tailed deer and the raccoon make their home here. Tall saw grasses grow  to about 12 feet high. There is a river that is about 50 miles wide during the  summer season. This river flows south straight to the sea and travels right  through this tall saw grass.

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