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Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management area is the northern and central core of the Everglades. The 671,831 acres is buffering the Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve. Here you will find an extensive network of canals and levees that were constructed to help control flooding and water supply. Today, it is a wonderful area for air boating and wildlife viewing of our unique Everglades animals, reptiles and birds.
Swamps A common misconception is in the image of these "swamps". They are not waist deep in rotting muck and stagnant water… In reality, Big Cypress sits on a bedrock of limestone, where the fresh water flows clean and clear. This fresh swamp water empties into the mangrove estuaries of the Ten Thousand Islands located within Everglades National Park. Nurseries filled with sea-life are created from the mixture of fresh water and salt water along Florida's southwest coast. A wonderful place for our unique Everglades animals cool off and hydrate.
The Everglades and Big Cypress are home to some of the most rare and unique species of our world. Everglades animals like the american alligator and the american crocodile coexist here. The Everglades National Park contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere, the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairies and the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America. A true national treasure, the Everglades is a World Heritage site, an International Biosphere Reserve and a Wetland of International Importance.
America's Everglades are the largest sub tropical wilderness ecosystem in the United States. They are the only Everglades of our world! A natural region of tropical wetlands, fresh water marshes, bogs, hammocks and river of grass in the state of Florida. This diverse ecosystem between the Southwest gulf coast, Naples, Everglades City area and the SE coast, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale area is well over 2 million acres. Everglades animals living in The National Park, the Big Cypress National Preserve and Fransic S. Taylor Wildlife Management Areas help make this vast area a fragile gem.
Water in the Everglades swamps is strictly from a rain driven system. The wet and dry seasons are critical to the overall health of the swamp. During the rainy season of summer water fills the prairies and cypress strands. When the rainfall is sparse during almost half of the year, water begins to vanish. As the water levels drops, pools of remaining water fill up with fish and a host of water dependent creatures, including the alligator. The Everglades animals and wildlife either adapts to the extreme seasonal changes of wet and dry, migrates or perishes. The endangered woodstork is especially dependent on the distinct wet and dry seasons of the Everglades. Seeing this endangered bird helps one to access the health of the swamp.
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The River Of Grass Adventures
Mangrove forests of the Everglades National Park are the largest in the continental United States. There are three types of mangroves in South Florida, the red mangrove, most common in the The Everglades, the black mangrove and the white mangrove. The mangrove most commonly seen in coastal areas, it is a saltwater tolerant tree. The 'glades have a truly diverse array of tropical and temperate plants, including over 35 species of orchids, including the elusive ghost orchid and 14 amazing species of Bromeliads.
Everglades Animals like bears (yes, bears!), alligators, roseate spoonbills, white tail deer, otters, purple gallinules, egrets, herons and the endangered and elusive Florida panthers also call the Everglades & Big Cypress National Park home. Just a few more reasons why this is a great place to visit!