EVERGLADES — From its sawgrass marshes and freshwater ponds to its prairies and forested uplands, America’s Everglades is a one-of-a-kind ecosystem that is found nowhere else in the world.
This iconic River of Grass is home to dozens of federally threatened and endangered species, including the Florida panther, American crocodile, snail kite and wood stork. The mix of salt and fresh water makes it the only place on Earth where alligators and crocodiles exist side by side.
Did you know Everglades Day is recognized on April 7 each year to celebrate this extraordinary ecosystem and raise awareness about efforts to protect and restore its natural resources? Designated by the Florida Legislature in 2012, this day honors Marjory Stoneman Douglas on her birthday while emphasizing the importance of conserving this subtropical wilderness.
In recognition of Everglades Day, we are highlighting some interesting facts about the Everglades and the ways you can enjoy its natural beauty. Activities include:
• Enjoy a Birds Eye View: Shark Valley’s 65-foot observation tower provides wonderful views of the sweeping Everglades ecosystem.
• Watch the Sunset: Located at the southernmost point in mainland Florida, Flamingo offers beautiful sunsets! The area around the Flamingo Visitor Center also provides campground facilities, a public boat ramp, a marina store, and other hiking and canoeing trails.
• Paddle Amongst the Mangroves: Nine Mile Pond in Everglades National Park offers canoeing and kayaking. This scenic trail passes through shallow grassy marsh with scattered mangrove islands.
The South Florida Water Management District – working with our local, state and federal partners – is committed to protecting, revitalizing and restoring this national treasure. As we celebrate Everglades Day, we encourage you to learn more about the comprehensive effort to protect and restore America’s Everglades – now and for future generations.