EVERGLADES

The Florida Everglades … our national natural treasure.

Spanning across almost 4 million acres in southern Florida, the Florida Everglades is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. This important ecosystem is teeming with wildlife — in Everglades National Park alone, there are over 360 different species of birds, 300 of fish, 50 of reptiles, 40 of mammals, and countless insect species. Rare and endangered species find refuge here as well, including the manatee, American crocodile and Florida panther, as well as lesser known species like the Key Largo cotton mouse and Cape Sable seaside sparrow. The diverse habitats of the Everglades ecosystem — wet sawgrass prairies, mangrove swamps, dry pinelands, estuaries and others — provide needed habitat for Florida’s native wildlife, including some species that typically cannot be found anywhere else in the United States. The Florida Everglades truly is like nowhere else on Earth.

Black-necked stilts are one of many birds found in the Everglades.

You can help conserve the Everglades by learning about the native wildlife that live within this unique ecosystem and the various threats facing these species. By participating in the 2016 Python Challenge™, you can actively get involved by removing from the Everglades the Burmese python – an invasive species. You can also promote awareness and appreciation of the Everglades ecosystem by taking part in the upcoming photo contest and scavenger hunt. Stay tuned for more details!

Learn more about other ways to help.

To learn more about the native wildlife of the Florida Everglades, visit the National Park Service website.

Learn about the potential threats posed by nonnative species in the Everglades and what you can do to help.

Participating in the competition? Learn how to tread lightly during the Challenge and help conserve the beauty and diversity of this massive watershed by respecting the Everglades.

Additional Everglades information