February 28, 2017

A Trip to the Florida Everglades

If you ever get the opportunity, I strongly encourage you to visit the extraordinary Florida Everglades.

Last week, while in the area for the annual South Beach Wine and Food Festival, I took an aerial tour of the Everglades as well as an airboat ride through the region - it was a most interesting and informative visit. The Everglades, or Pa-hay-okee, is often described as a swamp or forested wet-land, but it is actually a slow-moving river surrounded by sawgrass marshes, estuarine mangrove forests, tropical hardwood hammocks, and many wildlife habitats. In fact, the Everglades is the only place in the world where the American Alligator and the American Crocodile co-exist in the wild.

The Everglades has existed for thousands of years - not only as home to scores of animals and other natural organisms, but also to the main water supply for eight-million people in south Florida. Over the last century, the Everglades landscape has changed dramatically. Urban development and drainage projects reduced the Everglades to nearly half its original size - this has greatly affected critical habitats, polluted waters and brought invasive species to the area. The Everglades Foundation is dedicated to protecting, restoring and preserving the Everglades, so it can continue to provide economic, recreational and life-sustaining benefits to its animals and to nearby Florida residents. To find out more about the amazing Everglades, and how you can help, go to the Everglades Foundation web site by clicking on this highlighted link. Enjoy these photos.