Wildlife Sighting: Flamingos

December 2015 – Flamingos have been spotted recently in both Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. The pair pictured here was seen just before Thanksgiving in Snake Bight, near Flamingo, at the end of the main park road. Look for them the next time you’re in the park!

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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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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

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

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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Sea Turtles Return to Dry Tortugas

June 2015 – The nesting season for loggerhead, green & leatherback turtles has begun in Dry Tortugas and turtles are on the move! An adult loggerhead named Sally (for Interior Secretary Sally Jewell) left the Bahamas earlier this spring bound for the Dry Tortugas (follow her journey here). No word yet on whether she’s nested

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Panther Sighting in Flamingo

May 2015 – Everglades National Park rangers reported a rare sighting of a Florida panther in Flamingo this month, near the main park road in front of the Flamingo Visitor Center on Florida Bay. A ranger saw the panther emerge from shrubs in full daylight to attack a young male deer. The deer escaped, but

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