Hatching Season in the Everglades!

Hatching Season for Alligators

September 2015 – It’s hatching season in the Everglades for alligators and sea turtles! Here’s a mama gator we spotted this month guarding her brood just a few steps away from the Shark Valley Visitor Center. Look closely over her shoulder for the hatchlings – the stripes give them away! Learn more about alligators and

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A Plan for Everglades National Park

EVER GMP

September 2015 — Everglades National Park has released its final General Management Plan, the first update in the park’s master plan since 1979. The final plan calls for new pole & troll zones in Florida Bay, a new boater education & permit program; new rules for airboat operators along Tamiami Trail, and a new 120-mile

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Everglades Restoration

EVER FB Cover

August 2015 – The benefits of Everglades restoration may begin to reach Everglades National Park this summer as South Florida water managers tweak the region’s network of canals and pumps to put more water into the park’s northeast Shark River Slough. Project managers say the initial changes, timed to coincide with this year’s rainy season,

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Summer Programs in Big Cypress

Big Cypress Lighthouse for the Blind July 2015

August 2015 – School may be out but the learning never stops in Big Cypress. Summer camps have kept the boardwalks busy this season, as one group after another visits Big Cypress National Preserve. Forty-two campers & counselors from Lighthouse of Collier’s Summer Camp for Blind and Visually Impaired Children found nature this summer by

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Dry Tortugas Marine Reserve Benefits Sea Turtles

July 2015 – Endangered sea turtles are benefiting from marine reserve zones in Dry Tortugas National Park and elsewhere, according to a new study by researchers at USGS. Researchers outfitted green sea turtles with satellite tags and then tracked them as they foraged for food. “Given that worldwide declines in sea grasses – one of

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