The Everglades are dedicated
The Everglades – one of America’s most unique natural phenomena – is a strange and complex area at the southern tip of Florida. As one of the few wetlands that has attracted global attention, the Everglades are a massive estuary: a coastal body of water that flows openly into the ocean, with many different streams or rivers feeding into it. The Everglades begin at the run-off of Lake Okeechobee in Central Florida and end in the Florida Bay. Because estuaries are the product of such diverse origins, their ecosystems are incredibly delicate, and efforts to preserve the natural habitat of the Everglades are extremely important. The Park is comprised of swamps, sawgrass marshes, hardwood hammocks, and intermittent ponds, where a vast and diverse kingdom of animals and plants live. In the Everglades you are sure to find big alligators, toads and tree frogs, unique gulls and storks, cypress groves, tropical palm trees, and of course, plenty of sawgrass. America recognized the need to preserve this natural trove in 1947, when President Harry Truman declared the Everglades a National Park.
Some people call the Everglades a swamp; some call it a river. What do you think it might look like? Describe the sight, smells, and sounds. How do you think you would get around?