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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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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Summer Help: Park Interns track Turtles

FY15 BioCorps Interns (7)

July 2015 – Four students are on the job this summer in Everglades National Park, trapping tegu lizards, spotting pythons, counting fish and tracking turtles. The students are participating in BioCorps, an internship program that helps the park monitor native wildlife and control invasive species while providing students with some great field experience. The SFNPT

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Biscayne’s Beaches Cleared for Nesting

FY13 BISC ASB Report

June 2015 – National Park Service volunteers supported by the SFNPT removed more than 14,000 pounds (seven tons!) of marine debris earlier this year from nesting beaches in Biscayne National Park, clearing the way for turtles to come ashore this summer. The heavy lifting was accomplished by 200 volunteers from 16 colleges and organizations who

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