The Big Cypress Preserve
Big Cypress National Park
Photo credit: USGS/SOFIA


The Endangered Ecosystems of Florida



The Big Cypress Preserve


To begin, what is an Ecosystem?

It is an Environment within which many Species,

 both Plant (flora) and Animal, (fauna)

maintain a way of daily life, unconsciously

 interdependent upon one another and

the area that they inhabit together.

The Big Cypress Preserve which is 60 miles West of Miami,

contains over 700,000 acres of protected land,

most of it is Cypress Trees and swamp.

The Big Cypress Preserve
The Big Cypress Preserve
Photo credit: USGS/SOFIA


What happens in Big Cypress affects the Everglades,

the amount and purity of their water flow,

 determines the overall health of the Everglades.

The Big Cypress Preserve
The Big Cypress Preserve
Photo credit: USGS/SOFIA


Big Cypress National Preserve and the Everglades were

at one time, the Ancestral homes of a large population of

Wood Stork who are now moving north due to Habitat loss.

A Big Cypress Orchid
Big Cypress Orchid
Photo Credit: USGS/SOFIA


The Miccosukee and the Seminole tribes have long

called this part of Florida home as well and they are

concerned with the health of this Ecosystem:

Statement of Jim Shore


Places to learn more:


Defenders of Wildlife

Endangered Ecosystems



Big Cypress


Florida Native Plant Society

Ecosystems of Florida



Big Cypress Preserve


National Wildlife Federation

Florida Everglades Ecosystems Virtual Tour



Big Cypress National Preserve


Preservation 2000

Conserving Florida's Natural Land and Water


University of Florida

 Amphibians Used to Measure Success in Ecosystem


USGS - Biological Resources

Endangered Ecosystems

Scientific Data About Our Nation's Biological Resources



Habitat and Species Recovery

Land Management

SOFIA: USGS Kids Page for Florida's Ecosystems

South Florida Recovery

Virtual Tour of Everglades



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