Everglades Tours

Everglades Airboat Wildlife Adventure.
Everglades Wildlife Show from Miami.
Everglades Airboat Ride from Miami.
Everglades Swamp Safari Day. Everglades Tour from Fort Lauderdale.
Miami City Tour & Everglades.
Everglades Airboat Excursion and Ecological Tour from Naples Florida - Half Day.
Everglades Day Safari from Ft. Myers
Everglades & Miami Adventure from Orlando.
Everglades Seaplane Tour from Key Biscayne.

Key West  Sightseeing Tours

Conch  Tour Train
Old Town Trolley Tour
Hemingway Home
Key West Snorkel Safari Tour
Reef Snorkeling Aboard the Fury
Key West Parasailing
Key West Butterfly Conservatory
Treasure Museum in Key West
Ripley's Museum
Aquarium in Key West
Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

Orlando, Florida Tours

Disney World
Universal Studios
Kennedy Space Center
Orlando City Tours

Fort Myers, Florida Tours

Beaches of Sanibel
Boating
Parks & Preserves
Wildlife
Fishing
Canoeing & Kayaking
Arts & Entertainment
Historic Sites
Family Fun
Dining & Nightlife
Romantic Escapes

Florida Shopping Tours

Galleria Mall - Fort Lauderdale
Las Olas - Fort Lauderdale
Sawgrass Mills - Sunrise
Aventura Mall - Miami

Swap Shop

Festival Flea Market

Bayside Market Place

Dolphin Mall

 

Florida Dining & Entertainment


Hard Rock Cafe

Mai-Kai Polynesian Dinner & Show

Rain Forest Cafe

Cheese Cake Factory

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Key West Private Diner Cruise

 
 

Links to visit

Exploring Florida

 

 
 


Facts About The Everglades
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The primary feature of the Everglades is the sawgrass prairie.

A Little Everglades History

Back in the 1800's, from 1850's through 1890's, the idea was for the Everglades to be drained and then planted with sugar. The thinking was that sugar would bolster Florida's economy.

Everglades Facts, Roseate Spoon bills some of this actually happened in the area around Lake Okeechobee in the 1900's. Land was drained and large sugar corporations moved in, with the blessings of the government. Naturally the farming not only needed vast amount of water, but since organic farming methods weren't used, pesticides and fertilizer runoff had a bad effect for the ecosystem as a whole.

In the 1930's, the Herbert Hoover Dike was built around Lake Okeechobee, to prevent flooding. The problem was that while it prevented flooding around the lake itself, this effectively cut off the water supply to the Everglades.

In the 1940's a freelance writer called Marjory Stoneman Douglas started taking a look at the everglades as part of an assignment. For five years she studied the land and water of this area.

In 1947, she published The Everglades: River of Grass. The book struck a chord, as she described the Everglades in great detail. She also included a chapter on the disappearance of the ecosystem.

On December 13, 1989, President George H. W. Bush signed the Everglades National Park Protection and Expansion Act. In addition to adding 109,506 acres to the eastern side of the park, it also closed off airboats from the park boundaries.

In 2000, there was a federal mandate to restore the Everglades, called the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). Its mandate is the "restoration, preservation and protection of the south Florida ecosystem while providing for other water-related needs of the region". There are questions on some of the methods being used, as the technology is uncertain is some areas. Only time will tell if the Everglades can be revived.


Here are some fun Everglades facts.

Everglades Facts, Heron What plant is so rare that it in only found around the Florida Everglades? This is the land where ghost orchids grow wild. The ghost orchid is actually found in the Fakahatchee Strand, on the northern boundary of the park.

The Everglades, before people settled in earnest in South Florida, was the entire area from Lake Okeechobee south to Florida Bay -- basically all of the southern tip of the penninsula.

The size of the Everglades National Park is 1,509,000 acres, and it's the largest wilderness area that is left, east of the Mississippi River.

There are no underground springs in the Everglades -- unlike the rest of Florida. Instead, a huge reservoir called the Floridan Aquifer lies roughly 1,000 feet down. Water into the Everglades is primarily through rainfall, as the main supply of water from Lake Okeechobee has been blocked.

Today's Everglades National Park is less than 50% of what existed of the 'Glades before all the drainage efforts started.

There are 36 protected species that live inside the park, including the American crocodile, snail kite, West Indian manatee, Cape Sable seaside sparrow, Florida panther and four varieties of sea turtles.

Recent hurricanes that have impacted the Everglades include Katrina, Rita and Wilma, all in 2005.

The busiest visitor season is from about December to March. Why? It's the driest time of year, has the lowest temperatures and the fewest mosquitoes.


Red Mangroves in the Everglades

Geography and ecology of the Everglades
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The geography and ecology of the Everglades involve the complex elements affecting the natural environment throughout the southern region of the U.S. state of Florida. Before drainage, the Everglades were an interwoven mesh of marshes and prairies covering 4,000 square miles (10,000 km2). The Everglades is simultaneously a vast watershed that has historically extended from Lake Okeechobee 100 miles (160 km) south to Florida Bay (around one-third of the southern Florida peninsula), and many interconnected ecosystems within a geographic boundary. It is such a unique meeting of water, land, and climate that the use of either singular or plural to refer to the Everglades is appropriate.[1] When Marjory Stoneman Douglas wrote her definitive description of the region in 1947, she used the metaphor "River of Grass" to explain the blending of water and plant life.

Although sawgrass and sloughs are the enduring geographical icons of the Everglades, other ecosystems are just as vital, and the borders marking them are subtle or nonexistent. Pinelands and tropical hardwood hammocks are located throughout the sloughs; the trees, rooted in soil inches above the peat, marl, or water, support a variety of wildlife. The oldest and tallest trees are cypresses, whose roots are specially adapted to grow underwater for months at a time. The Big Cypress Swamp is well-known for its 500-year-old cypresses, though cypress domes can appear throughout the Everglades. As the fresh water from Lake Okeechobee makes its way to Florida Bay, it meets salt water from the Gulf of Mexico; mangrove forests grow in this transitional zone, providing nursery and nesting conditions for many species of birds, fish, and invertebrates. The marine environment of Florida Bay is also considered part of the Everglades because its sea grasses and aquatic life are attracted to the constant discharge of fresh water.

These ecological systems are always changing due to environmental factors. Geographic features such as the Western Flatwoods, Eastern Flatwoods, and the Atlantic Coastal Ridge affect drainage patterns. Geologic elements, climate, and the frequency of storms and fire are formative processes for the Everglades. They help to sustain and transform the ecosystems in the Shark River Valley, Big Cypress Swamp, coastal areas and mangrove forests. Ecosystems have been described as both fragile and resilient. Minor fluctuations in water levels have far-reaching consequences for many plant and animal species, and the system cycles and pulses with each change.


Major landscape types in the Everglades before human action. Source: U.S. Geological Survey