Everglades National Park
By: Ashley Breck
Description of Climate
Geological Points of Interest
Turtles- including the Loggerhead, Green turtle, Leatherback, Kemp's Ridley, Hawksbill
Wading birds- Like warmth and shallow water,have long legs, prefer fish
Manatees- spend up to eight hours a day grazing the waters, can't hear well
Wood storks- serves as an indicator species for restoration of the Everglades ecosystem.
The Great Blue Heron- found along the shores, feeds on small fish, crabs, insects, and shrimps.
Florida's most endangered animal-The Panther- Lives in forests and swamps, and the natural predator is the alligator.
Description of Plants and Trees
Cypress- most widely recognized tree in the Everglades, because they have "knees" that grow out of the earth. It sheds its leaves in the fall, and can survive standing in water.
Pond Apple- Pond Apple trees also live in small islands along the Everglades. It produces large yellow-green fruit that serve as a food source for some of the animals that live in the Everglades.
Hardwoods- have a dark, gnarly shape.
Mangroves- a keystone plant community of the Everglades.
Problems the Park is Facing
The two main problems are water quality and water quantity. With rapid development on both cosats, and an expanding agriculture industry, the human demand for water is increasing rapidly while the supply is not changing. This leads to less and less water for the Everglades. Drainage is also causing rising salt levels, there is pollution, and the threat of fires.
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