3 Things You May Not Know About The Florida Everglades

everglades tour | everglades holiday parkVisit the sunshine state and you’re likely to hear about an enchanted place called the Florida Everglades. Recognized worldwide for its diversity and grace, the dynamic ecosystem known simply as the “glades” is a fantastic environment filled with plants and animals you’re not likely to find anywhere else. But if you’re a long time resident of Florida, or you visit often, there may be more to the state’s most exciting natural attraction than you realize. Here are three things you may not know about the Florida Everglades.No. 1: Fire Is Necessary for Everglades Health and MaintenanceEvery now and again, Florida residents learn of a terrifying Everglades fire, which often creates panic and fear. But here’s the interesting fact: fire is essential to Everglades health in that it keeps the ecosystem performing as it should. The majority of fires are caused from lightning strikes, and while significant, most are superficial, meaning they cause minimal damage. In fact, during the wet season, fires actually help plants grow by releasing nutrients, enhancing water flow and preventing larger bushes and trees from growing too quickly. During the wet season, fires are rarely destructive and can be extinguished quickly. However, during the dry season, they can be damaging, even catastrophic, burning longer and destroying root systems.No. 2: One In Three Floridians Rely on the Everglades for Their Water Supply Seven million people in Florida actually depend on the Everglades for water. That’s truly remarkable and exactly why conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and their habitats is an important mission. Yet the survival of the Everglades depends on the quality of its water. One trip through the river of grass and it’s clear the wetlands are filled with some pretty amazing plants and animals. Home to a vast array of floating aquatic plants, tree islands, wildlife and more, protecting Florida’s hidden gem is an important goal.No. 3: The Everglades Is Home to 67 Species on the Federal Threatened or Endangered ListReady to visit with the alligators? The most recognized threatened species in the Everglades, the American alligator is the largest of over 50 reptile species found in the area. Like to bird watch? With the largest concentration of wading and migratory birds in North America, the Everglades is brimming with some of the most gorgeous birds to grace the planet. In fact, there are over 350 different identified birds alone! With 67 species on the federal threatened or endangered list, a journey through the Everglades is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with some truly amazing sights.There’s more to the Florida Everglades than meets the eye. With iconic imagery, a highly dynamic and diverse ecosystem and more, a day trip through this amazing environment is one activity that should be at the top of the bucket list. When you’re ready to experience the Everglades up close and personal, consider visiting Everglades Holiday Park for exciting hour-long airboat rides, live gator shows and more.    This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .