Protecting our Ecosystem at Everglades Airboat Tours
Marjory Douglas, also known as the “Mother of the Everglades” once said, “The Everglades is a test. If we pass it, we get to keep the planet”. Conserving and protecting the Ecosystem and its wildlife is a top priority and passion for our Everglades airboat tour company. With countless species of animals, many endangered or threatened, it’s easy to see why so many groups, both private and public work towards this goal. A wetland of international importance, the Everglades is one of the last untouched, natural environments in the United States where families can enjoy sightseeing, group airboat tours or private airboat tours , and more.
There aren’t many landmasses as spectacular in America as the Florida Everglades, and our professional Everglades boat toursare grateful to be here. An impressive aquatic ecosystem covering more than 18,000 square miles, the ‘glades is an aesthetic novelty for sure, but it’s also home to an unbelievable number of plants and animals - some threatened or endangered, all of which can be seen on an Everglades tour of nature. Aside from its natural beauty, the ecosystem provides millions of South Floridians with drinking water and is a tremendous asset to the sunshine state. So why is the Everglades in need of protection and what is being done to improve one of America’s most exciting natural resources?
Brief History: The Health of the Everglades
The health of the Everglades is a major concern, and efforts to protect and conserve this unique environment are ongoing among those who take Everglades excursion. Why have the wetlands suffered over the years? Draining and development date back to the early 1900s and many projects designed to alter the Everglades went unquestioned. In the mid-1980s, in efforts to protect coastal properties in South Florida, legislators thought it was a good idea to construct canals and pump systems to control water flow. Drainage projects were designed to help excess water recede, making it less likely coastal lands would flood. Negative implications were not evident until years later. Today, scientists and biologists have discovered many of these projects had tremendous impacts on the flora and fauna that reside in the Everglades ecosystem. For alligators, in particular, drainage projects forced fish and other animals to relocate, making it difficult to find food. Land conversion and drainage are mostly to blame for the declining health of the Everglades, but there are other variables as well. Climate change, including rainfall, increased sea levels and higher temperatures contribute as well.
At one time, the Everglades ecosystem covered 11 million acres. Through the years, land conversion and drainage projects impacted the wetlands, vastly decreasing its size to slightly over 2 million acres. Today, there is still a wide range of man-made and natural threats to the health of the Everglades, something of great concern to out expert Miami airboat tours. Fires, hurricanes, floods, and even droughts contribute to damage along with pollution, land development, and the ongoing effort to reduce coastal flooding. Heightened awareness about the Everglades' health is important as even slight changes to the area impact not only Florida residents but also thousands of animals who rely on the Everglades for survival.
What Is Being Done
It didn’t take long for environmentalists to realize that countless numbers of plants and animals depend on the Everglades to breed, hunt, and survive. In 2000, in an effort to protect and restore the area, Congress passed the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP). To date, the CERP is the largest ecosystem restoration project in the United States. It’s projected to take over three decades to complete, but the objective of the project is vital - to improve, protect and restore the state’s biggest natural asset. Today, a wide range of advocates, both public and private, support the Everglades preservation and conservation effort.
A Family Fun Destination - Educational and Entertaining
Today, folks visit the Everglades for all kinds of reasons. Some people enjoy the peacefulness of the environment and the opportunity it gives them to relax and commune with wildlife in a wondrous setting on Everglades National Park airboat tours. Others use it for artistic inspiration, drawing on thousands of iconic images like wading birds and unique topography. Families delight in exploring the wetlands while an experienced guide points out alligators and other equally impressive Everglades wildlife. The Everglades is many things to many people and is easily one of the most exciting locales in America. With narrated airboat rides, exciting live gator shows and the Gator Boys Alligator Rescue, Everglades Holiday Park is a must-see for adventurous families, educators and anyone looking for a day of fun in the Florida sunshine while on one of ourEverglades National Park boat tours. This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .