Where are the Everglades?
The Everglades are a unique treasure found in South Florida. As the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the country, the area is spectacular – dominated by some of the most impressive flora and fauna in the world. Alligators, snakes and unique mangrove forests make the Everglades a popular tourist destination for thrill seeking families and nature enthusiasts worldwide. Where are the Everglades? With 1.5 million acres of saw grass marshes and scores of plants and exciting wildlife, it’s possible to tour the Everglades from several locations in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Fort Myers, and Naples.
An Ecosystem In Decline – What Happened to the Everglades?
In the 1800’s, long before anyone realized how important the Everglades were to the region, the area was considered largely a nuisance – a swamp that needed to be drained to make room for land development. As a result, a series of canals were created, and in many places, native habitat was converted to agriculture or used for roads and buildings. In the mid 1900’s, the government thought it was protecting the Everglades by constructing more canals and levees designed to preserve the area. However, changes to the ebb and flow of the river damage the natural system, resulting in altered habitat for wildlife.
A Growing Concern – Protecting America’s Wetland
Today, despite what we now realize about the importance of the Everglades, much of the ecosystem has been greatly diminished. Over 50 percent of the original wetland area is missing, causing many plants and animals to face serious challenges, with many unable to survive. Wading bird populations (Great Egrets, Herons and Wood Storks to name a few) have been impacted hard, with existing numbers down by nearly 90 percent. In addition, invasive species are more prevalent, which increases the loss of plant and wildlife in the area. Luckily, there are successful efforts underway to preserve and safeguard the Everglades, and reputable organizations and conservationists’ work to raise awareness about the importance of Everglades restoration and protection.
Experiencing the Ecosystem In Person – Where are the Everglades?
The best way to experience the Florida Everglades is up close and in person aboard an incredibly entertaining airboat tour. Airboats are spectacular for zipping across the River of Grass, reaching speeds close to 60 miles per hour! An excellent adventure for the whole family, airboat tours at Everglades Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale are an hour long – 60 minutes of education, entertainment and thrills! If you’re ready to witness America’s wetland in person and would like to schedule an airboat tour with a skilled captain, please visit www.evergladesholidaypark.com today!This entry was posted in Everglades Holiday Park Blog, on .