Everglades National Park
Photo credit: USGS/SOFIA
The Endangered Ecosystems of Florida
Please see this Wordpress Blog posting
for an important update about the Everglades:
Marjory, Miccosukees and Memories
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.
March 30, 2009
The fight in the Everglades against
the invasion of
Burmese Pythons, just found a new
ally in the form
Python Patrol who are doing their best to make
sure that they do not set up shop
next in the Keys.
March 27, 2009
Today with little fanfare, an
announcement was made
that came as no surprise for
those who keep watch over
the politicians in Tallahassee, that
the land deal
between Florida and U.S. Sugar has been downsized.
Governor Crist claims the downward
was responsible for the decision.
March 25, 2009
As if this National Treasure did not
already have enough problems,
now it has been
invaded by a lethal Reptile with a powerful appetite.
For years, unthinking pet
owners have been releasing their
namely Burmese Pythons, into the Everglades
when they tired of feeding them.
Endangered Species have already been found in the stomachs
of these dangerous snakes and
problem is growing daily.
The presence of these snakes poses a
danger not only for
Indigenous Everglades Wildlife, but
imagine if a child
were to be taken by one them during a
visit to the area.
A Bill by Senator Nelson
banning the import of Pythons in
South Florida, is supported by
Governor Crist and Wildlife Groups.
A vote on this bill will take place
in Tallahassee on April 15.
If you live in the area, please try
to attend and show your
support for this legislation to
protect Everglades Wildlife.
As expected, pet snake owners and pet
retailers are opposed to this.
All that is at stake here is the
future of Wildlife in the Everglades.
It is strange how such a pristine, vital
place could be the
source of such contentious
confrontations, but that is
exactly what the Everglades have
been and continue to be.
Once again, the disappointment comes from
and then revoked by Governor Crist,
who apparently has
decided that former Sugar makers and
Florida should now be
partners in the Alternative fuel business
on the site of the old mill.
Is there a single soul in this state who
does not know what
the ecological result of this new
proposition will be for the
Everglades Ecosystem so very dependant on
flowing water for its good health?
Something not usually connected to an
Alternative fuel factory.
It is a sad situation, motivated by
money, as the future looks even
more bleak now for those who have
no voice in all of this,
the about to become extinct wildlife
and an entire Ecosystem.
If you are concerned, please feel free
to write or call
the Governor and tell him what's on your
June 24, 2008
Today begins a
wildlife in Florida.
On this day, the
in the state has gotten
out of the business of
Everglades and the Ecosystem
still desperately trying to
survive within it.
Yes, it will not fully take effect
for six years
and a great deal of money was paid
for the land,
but it is a start that will at
least give the
Everglades a chance to begin to
Marjory Stoneman Douglas in 1983, canoeing with a Miccosukee Tribal member
at the Miccosukee Cultural Center in the Everglades, near Forty mile Bend.
Photo credit: Florida State Archives
Although, this day comes too late for
one devoted to saving the
all of those who have fought for years
to bring this about, it is
sweet none the less.
This day is historical and the
events are monumental,
now begins the long, long healing
process that those who
love Florida's wild
faces and places have been waiting
Even the creatures who live in the
must sense that a better time
is coming for them.
Photo credit: NPS
The Florida Everglades is the last stop
for many of our
most Endangered species, both plant
If we hope to preserve the beauty that is
Florida, it must begin here.
Outcrops of Limestone in a Sawgrass Prairie
The Everglades is a unique microcosm, an
Ecosystem unto itself,
with a variety of species found nowhere
else on Earth:
there are 360 species of Birds here.
An Everglades Panther
Photo credit: NPS
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.
But this Florida Natural place reflects
the potential measure
by which mankind will ultimately be
judged as to
whether we will fail or succeed as a
species as well.
The future will judge us for how well we
cared for the world we lived in.
If the Everglades is not allowed to
return to the natural wonder
that it was before greed overpowered
our grandchildren may only have books to
what we once knew as the
all of the Wildlife who call it home.
Places to learn more:
Center for Biological Diversity
Defenders of Wildlife
Saving the Everglades
Florida Museum of Natural History
Everglades: Threatened and Endangered Species
Florida Native Plant Society
Ecosystems of Florida
National Wildlife Federation
Endangered Species - Snail Kite
Everglades Ecosystems Virtual Tour
Protecting Everglade Habitats
Florida's Natural Land and Water
An Ohio University Research Paper
Restoring the Everglades
USGS - Biological Resources
Scientific Data about our Nation's
USGS - SOFIA
Habitat and Species Recovery
SOFIA: USGS Kids page for Florida's Ecosystems
South Florida Recovery
Virtual Tour of Everglades
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