Tonight is the night! The Perseids, one of the most prolific meteor showers of the year, will reach its peak Monday night into Tuesday. Each summer, the Perseids appear as Earth passes through the cloud of debris left by the ancient comet Swift-Tuttle. Visible meteor rates will be down from over 60 per hour to 15-20 per hour due to the brightness of a nearly-full moon but, nevertheless, it's still a sight worth seeing. If you're looking for a good viewing spot to catch this brilliant sight, consider coming out to Everglades National Park. The park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is far enough away from urban lights to provide a dark night sky ideal for stargazing. Remember to visit our website to get your park entrance pass! Photo by @adriantxusalas #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #Perseids #MeteorShower #Stargazing #NightSky #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #HowDoYouPark
One of Everglades National Park’s most beloved vistas can be found at Shark Valley. From the top of the Observation Tower, you can look for wildlife, enjoy the view of a vast sawgrass prairie, and even… people watch! Photo by @chaser22 #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #HowDoYouPark #NPSRecreation #SharkValley
Throw your hands up in the air because we’re celebrating YOU this August. We want to see your best photos of your adventures in Everglades National Park with friends and family. How do you like to spend time at the park? What special park story or moment do you treasure most? Be sure to tag @evergladesnps in your photo for a chance to have your photo featured on our page! Photo by @janelle_delatorre #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #HowDoYouPark #NPSRecreation
When was the last time you looked up at the night sky and saw the Milky Way? Or saw more stars than you knew was even possible to see with the naked eye? For many, the answer is never. Due to light pollution created by excessive urban light fixtures, naturally dark skies are now a limited resource. Light pollution is also a problem for astronomers and can disrupt sensitive ecosystems. For example, sea turtles depend on natural patterns of light and dark for navigation and to hide from predators. Fortunately, the park service is dedicated to protecting natural nightscapes and many national parks provide an opportunity for city dwellers to experience night skies free of light pollution. Here at Everglades National Park, Shark Valley and Long Pine Key are excellent locations to take in the magnificent starry night. Photo by @justinthewild_ #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #Stargazing #NightSky #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #Nightscape
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.” - Rachel Carson, American marine biologist and conservationist. Photo by @anthsleiman #AmericasEverglades #ThrowbackThursday #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #FindYourPark
Surf and Citation! This year, during the two-day Florida lobster mini-season, park law enforcement officers stopped 75 vessels and seized approximately 1,000 lobster illegally possessed within the boundaries of Everglades National Park. Now that the eight-month regular season has officially begun, it’s important to remember that the harvest of lobster is prohibited in Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks during both the two-day sport season and the regular season. These rules were established to protect and maintain our marine environment. Protecting lobsters in Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks protects biodiversity and supports resilience of the entire system. Juvenile spiny lobster depend on hard bottom habitat and seagrass beds for nursery areas and foraging. They are commonly found inside sponges, in karst outcrops, and among red mangrove prop roots. As they mature, the lobster migrate to offshore reef environments where they can still find protection and food, but need less protection from predation. Florida Bay supports spiny lobster during their more vulnerable juvenile phase with an abundance of mangrove islands, hard bottom limestone rocky karst outcroppings, and abundant seagrass beds. #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #LobsterMiniSeason #FloridaBay #SpinyLobster NPS Photo
Have you ever seen these heart-shaped, water lily-like plants while exploring the Everglades? This is the iconic Everglades plant, spatterdock! These aquatic plants grow in large numbers throughout the freshwater sloughs of the Everglades. They create a scenic vista that people from around the world come to experience. Come see for yourself! The Anhinga Trail at Royal Palm, one of our most popular and accessible stops along the main park road, is a great place to see spatterdock. Thank you @luisgfalcon for sharing your #evergladesview #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #FindYourPark
You never know what you’ll encounter while exploring the Everglades! @theswampandthesea shares, “A few weeks back Kevin and I went to the park to test our new lens and were rewarded with one of the most incredible sightings. This large male American crocodile was courting a female croc and had recently killed another male. Here you can see him about to swallow its leg.” What extraordinary sights have you witnessed while visiting the Everglades? #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #FindYourPark #Crocodiles
Perhaps no other animal is more closely identified with the Everglades than the American alligator, and rightly so. Alligators are a keystone species in the Everglades ecosystem, playing an important role as engineers of this wetland through the creation of alligator holes which provide refuge for other animals during the dry season. Thank you @jaclynreese for sharing your #evergladesview #AmericasEverglades #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #ScienceSunday #FindYourPark
A thunderstorm chases the setting sun in this stunning view of a park Pineland. Dynamic sunsets—one of the many reasons to visit Everglades National Park in the summer. #evergladesnationalpark #everglades #findyourpark
Are you interested in visiting Everglades National Park for the first time but unsure of where to start? The Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center is a great place to begin your Everglades experience! At our main visitor center you can look for wildlife, experience an interactive museum, receive a park map and informative brochures, watch an 18-minute film about the park (in English and Spanish), be inspired by the current exhibit in the art gallery, shop for a memorable souvenir, and even become a Junior Ranger. Best of all? Visiting the Ernest Coe Visitor Center is free! Come by to get your National Parks Passport book stamped with our redesigned alligator stamp and discover all that Everglades National Park has to offer. 40001 State Hwy 9336 Homestead, FL, 33034 #evergladesnationalpark #everglades #findyourpark
Most people don't think of bald eagles when they think about southern Florida. But we DO have them! What's more? We have 15 known pairs that nest in Everglades National Park. Our park archaeologist recently photographed this eagle perched on a dead snag in the Flamingo area. Even trees damaged by hurricanes serve a purpose for eagles, ospreys, and hawks seeking that perfect vantage point and resting place. #evergladesnationalpark #baldeagle #flamingo
It’s World Ranger Day! Every July 31, #WorldRangerDay is celebrated on the anniversary of the founding of The International Ranger Federation (IRF)—an organization which represents park rangers and wardens across the world. From interpretation and education, to visitor and resource protection, national park rangers in the U.S. work to protect and preserve some of our nation’s most treasured historic, cultural, and natural resources. Their duties are as diverse as the parks they serve, but all share a common goal to protect park resources for future generations. Today, we also take time to remember and honor those who have lost their lives in pursuit of that goal. #worldrangerday #evergladesnationalpark #everglades #nationalpark #parkranger
Want to know more about how the park monitors water quality in Florida Bay? Read all about it in our story! 💧📈🔬 #evergladesnationalpark #everglades #floridabay #waterquality
[Repost via @biscaynenps] Pleased to share that park superintendent, Pedro Ramos, recently teamed up with Biscayne National Park for a great cause! This past week, Biscayne National Park hosted the NABSF-National Association of Black Scuba Divers Foundation: Youth Diving With A Purpose (YDWP) program. Diving With A Purpose is a leading international organization that preserves African American history, with a focus on the slave trade. They provide education/training programs, mission leadership, and project support services for maritime heritage preservation and conservation projects around the world. Biscayne National Park is pleased to continue this partnership which began over 15 years ago. Together, we are able to create unique educational opportunities for young scuba divers. These youth are the stewards of our nation’s natural and cultural resources and will advocate to ensure their protection for future generations. For more information on the program visit www.divingwithapurpose.org. #BiscayneNationalPark #EvergladesNationalPark #dwp #ydwp #fpan #scubadiving #scuba #archaeology #maritimearchaeology #superintendentscubadiving
Don’t get left ashore! Starting August 1, the Everglades Boater Education Course becomes a requirement for all boat operators in the marine waters of Everglades National Park. Even our employees are working on getting their certificates! The online course is free and available in both English and Spanish and takes most users about 45 minutes to complete. Boaters will need to have a paper or electronic copy of the certificate with them while boating in the park. Don’t miss out on all that your national park has to offer. Check out our “Boating” highlight to take the course now and receive your certificate. #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #EvergladesBoating #FloridaBay NPS Photo
In the last five years, more than half of the hard coral species on Florida’s Reef Tract have been significantly impacted by an infectious, waterborne disease called Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease; a disease that has now spread throughout South Florida waters from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys. Earlier this month, CBS News was on site at Dry Tortugas National Park as park biologist Meaghan Johnson and partner agency scientists collected 410 healthy, living corals within park waters. This bold coral rescue effort is part of the Coral Rescue Project, a multi-agency collaboration aimed at preserving and cataloguing healthy corals to preserve genetic diversity. These corals will one day serve as a brood population for future restoration activities. Check out the link in our story to see CBS News’ full segment on this exciting rescue project. Repost via @drytortugasnps #drytortugasnationalpark #drytortugas #coralrescue
TGI Flyday! White-tailed robber flies, Promachus bastardii, prey upon other invertebrates like this unlucky Halloween pennant dragonfly, Celithemis eponina. Park Botanist, Jimi Sadle, caught this incredible scene while out monitoring vegetation in the park. NPS Photo by Jimi Sadle
Everglades National Park wishes you a happy and safe Fourth of July. . . . Fireworks not your thing? Declare your own independence and celebrate our great nation immersed in one of it's best ideas - national parks! We may be biased, but we think Everglades National Park is the perfect place to enjoy your unalienable right to "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" this Independence Day. Check the park website to plan your visit and for ranger-led programs being offered today; link in our bio. . . . NPS Photo by G. Gardner
Gulf Coast Boat Tours Available Now - We are pleased to announce that boat tours have resumed from the park’s Gulf Coast Visitor Center! The National Park Service has awarded a temporary contract to Guest Services, Inc (GSI). The one-year contract has been issued through June 30, 2020 . . Everglades Florida Adventures will provide narrated interpretive boat tours, departing from the Gulf Coast Visitor Center, four times daily. Additional services will be added soon. Learn more by visiting their website in our story . . View the press release in our story . . NPS Photo Helen Johnson
Boater Education Course Update - Starting August 1st, Everglades National Park will require all marine boaters to have completed the park's Boater Education Program. Over 4,000 boaters have already completed the free online course, which became available in late 2018. This course educates boaters to the unique features and challenges of the park’s marine waters, which will enhance both seagrass protection as well as visitor use and safety. . . This free program is available in English and Spanish and takes most users about 45 minutes to complete, including a brief test to assess knowledge before receiving the permit (certificate). Boaters will need to have a paper or electronic copy of the permit with them while boating in the park. . . English and Spanish Course Links are in our story! . . For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions, visit our Boating Page (Link in story).
TGI FLYDAY! For the next 4 “Flydays” follow along as we highlight some little-known flies that inhabit the park. While the common green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata, is well known, we bet you didn’t know the adults eat nectar and are sometimes used to pollinate crops like cabbages. The larvae eat carrion though, and human refuse attracts adults hoping to lay eggs. That’s why we’re so familiar with them. NPS Photo by Michelle Collier
An Unexpected Landing - On June 11th, a Cessna 175 aircraft experienced a complete engine failure over Flamingo. Park staff and visitors heard a loud bang and witnessed the aircraft lose altitude, stall, and land safely in Flamingo on the Main Park Road. Law Enforcement Rangers, park wildland firefighters, and @miamidadefirerescue responded. The 2 occupants of the aircraft were uninjured . . . FAA determined the cause of the engine failure was water in the fuel. The aircraft was disassembled and trucked out of the park . . . NPS Photos
👐 Do you dream of getting your (gloved) hands dirty restoring the Everglades? Apply to our BioCorps internship in botany! The internship will mainly focus on wetland restoration and exotic vegetation management. Applications are due by 8:00 AM July 15th! Details and how to apply at: https://tinyurl.com/Ever-intern
Everglades Fire and Aviation Management is continuing with prescribed fire operations in the Pine Rocklands this afternoon. Please drive slow as you travel through the fire area. We expect to see some smoke impacts on Main Park Road and Research Road into next week. Photo Credit: Michael Gue, Prescribed Fire Specialist
Everglades fire staff conducted a prescribed burn yesterday in the Pine Rocklands. . . An Everglades Law Enforcement officer collects a Python Snake as it leaves the prescribed fire unit. . . Smoke is present and visibility is poor on Main Park Road this morning. Please be cautious as you enter Everglades National Park, drive slow and lookout for Park Employees along the roadway. . . An Everglades employee ignites the line to help secure the edge of the prescribed fire. . . A grasshopper enjoys the view of Pine Rocklands prescribed fire column. #EvergladesRxFire #EvergladesNationalPark . . Photo Credit: Michael Gue, Everglades Prescribed Fire Specialist
The Everglades Fire and Aviation Management team continued Rx operations today in the Long Pine Key Campground area. Join us tomorrow as the Everglades fire staff takes over our Instagram page to give our followers an up close and personal look into the world of prescribed fire management. Photo Credit: Michael Gue, Everglades Prescribed Fire Specialist #EvergladesRxFire #BigBoxRx
Everglades staff is back at it again! Fire crews will be implementing prescribed fire throughout the Pine Rocklands this week and into the weekend. The Pine Rocklands are a fire dependent ecosystem that requires regular fire to remain healthy! These burns help maintain that ecosystem while simultaneously protecting park infrastructure, trails, and the communities that surround Everglades National Park. Photo Caption: Justin Unger, Everglades National Park Deputy Superintendent assists with igniting a prescribed fire unit within the Pine Rocklands of Everglades National Park in the summer of 2018. #EvergladesRxFire #EvergladesNationalPark #BigBoxRx -------- Photo Credit: Michael Gue, Everglades Prescribed Fire Specialist
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! There are some very unique fathers here at Everglades National Park, ranging from inspiring caretakers to some dads with questionable behavior . . Our Everglades osprey fathers are class acts. While the eggs are incubating, osprey males will defend the nest and do the hunting, bringing back food to the nest for the female. They stick around with their young for up to two months until they’re ready to be on their own . . On the other hand, male alligators lack that nurturing paternal instinct and will sometimes prey upon their own young . . Scroll through the photos below to find out more about some of our Everglades animal dads . . . #HappyFathersDay #EvergladesNationalPark NPS Photos
If you saw our post yesterday, maybe you thought you'd not only like to visit, but maybe start a career at Shark Valley! . . Turns out, we have a Maintenance Mechanic Supervisor position (WG-09) open at Shark Valley. To learn more and apply, see the link in our story . . Please note this job is open to: Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL), Federal Employees - Competitive Service, Land & Base Management, and Veterans . . NPS Photo
Looking for something to do this weekend? Come visit us! @miaminewtimes just selected #SharkValley as the Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners! Even if you don't have someone visiting, come check it out, so you're ready the next time you do! . . Check out the link in our story to start your adventure! . . #EvergladesNationalPark . . . NPS Photo Gerard DeFalco
The summer rains are here, and it's good news for South Florida! Lots of rain during the wet season is an important part of the normal seasonal changes that allow our wildlife to thrive . . How do we track changes that happen with the onset of the wet season? There are water monitoring stations located throughout the Park. The information collected at these stations provides us with data like salinity, temperature, and water level. Stay tuned for some updates this summer on what we find . . Marine stations are all shared in real-time through the NOAA link in our story . . Marsh stations are all shared in real-time through the USGS Link in our story . . #EvergladesNationalPark #ParkScience
Keeping our 👀 on #FloridaBay: Park staff and partners are regularly monitoring water quality in Florida Bay. Everglades National Park Biologist Zach Fratto completes a bay-wide water quality sampling every other month, and collects data such as salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature, and turbidity while out in the field. . . Later in the lab, he uses the collected water quality samples to measure levels of chlorophyll-a. This measure is particularly important because high chlorophyll-a concentrations are a signature of algal blooms. Some samples are also sent out to measure nutrients like phosphorus. . . Zach just completed another round of sampling this week. The data he collected will give us a snapshot of the health of Florida Bay, and allow us to compare to previous years. . . What can we do to help prevent future seagrass die-offs and algal blooms in Florida Bay? More freshwater at the right times will make the Bay healthier. This is just one reason why the announcement last week about Everglades Restoration funding is such good news! - Learn more from the link in our story. #ScienceSunday #EvergladesNationalPark NPS photos
Coming Soon! The National Park Service will be soliciting business proposals for the Rehabilitation of the Flamingo Visitor Center and Roof Replacement. The solicitation will be issued electronically on the Federal Business Opportunities website (www.fbo.gov). Pre-solicitation info is available now, just search for Flamingo. NPS Photo of the Flamingo Visitor Center
We just received some AMAZING news for the Everglades! The Federal Highway Administration announced today that they will be granting $60 million to Everglades National Park to complete the work required on the Tamiami Trail to allow water to flow into the park . . Additionally, the State of Florida, our partner in Everglades Restoration, has also committed $43.5 million. These combined funds will be used to raise and finish construction on the remaining 6.5 miles of eastern Tamiami Trail roadway . . Tamiami Trail, a historic roadway connecting Tampa and Miami, has long been recognized as a barrier that restricts water flows into Everglades National Park. Thanks to this funding, the additional water brought south into the park will more closely mimic the original conditions found in the Everglades before we started draining and re-directing water. Learn more from the link in our story.
Everglades Science in Action: National Park Service and Army Corps scientists are working to produce a map of all the plant communities in Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. This will allow us to monitor any changes in vegetation patterns that may result from Everglades Restoration efforts. You can learn more about this project by watching the video in our story. . . . #ScienceMonday #EvergladesNationalPark
Today marks the first day of the 2019 hurricane season. Here at the park, we're preparing for this hurricane season, even as we continue to clean up damage caused almost two years ago by Hurricane Irma. Many park facilities and resources took a huge hit from the storm. We have just received hurricane project funding and can now begin work on these recovery projects. Over the coming months, you may notice park staff or contractors clearing trails and fixing damaged facilities. #EvergladesNationalPark #HurricaneSeason2019 . . Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA GOES Project
Look who's interested in our channel marking project! Contractors had a few Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins checking out the work being completed on channel markers. More than 130 markers were installed in the past few weeks to complete work in the following Florida Bay channels: Conchie, Rocky, Man of War, Iron Pipe, Rabbit, Cluett, and Little Rabbit; as well as install resource protection signs around Sandy and Carl Ross Keys. . . Updates on this ongoing project can be found in our story. . . Photos Courtesy of American Underwater Contractors, Inc.
We love it when visitors share their #VisitorsView with us! This photo of an Anhinga spearing a sunfish was shared by Manon Nectoux. . . . Check out our Flickr page to see more amazing photos taken in the park by staff and visitors. Link in story. . . NPS Photo Courtesy of Manon Nectoux
Press Release: National Park Tourism in South FL Creates $225 Million in Economic Benefit! . . A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 1,916,800 visitors to the four national parks in South Florida collectively spent $156.3 million in 2018. That spending resulted in 2,089 jobs and had a cumulative benefit to the South Florida economy of $225.4 million. . . See the entire press release in our story! ------- NPS Photo Arnold Bustillo
And it was just #endangeredspeciesday ☹️ Yesterday, photographer Paul Marcellini came across this federally threatened Eastern indigo snake that was apparently hit by a vehicle in the park. These beautiful snakes get their name from their blue-black iridescent scales and can grow up to 9 feet long. They are non-venomous and eat a variety of prey, but most incredibly they eat venomous snakes! Indigo snakes are rare in the park and sadly, we’ve only received reports of roadkilled ones lately. Marcellini provided this photo and said he hasn’t seen an indigo snake in the park since he was a kid. Please watch out for wildlife and drive the speed limit. Click here to learn more about indigo snakes in the park: https://www.nps.gov/ever/learn/nature/easternindigosnake.htm Photo credit: @paulmarcellini
Like working with students? Apply for one of the best winter jobs in the park! The Everglades Education team is looking for motivated, enthusiastic individuals to lead educational field trips in the park. For many south Florida students, this may be their first visit to the Everglades. Help US, help THEM fall in love with THEIR national park! These positions are temporary, not to exceed 6 months. Grade levels are GS-5 and GS-7, open to all qualified applicants. Selective factors for fluency in Spanish and the ability to swim and self-rescue. You can find the link to apply within our “Jobs” story highlight. NPS Photo #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades
“The Everglades is America’s largest subtropical wilderness and the largest protected stretch of mangrove coastline in the Western Hemisphere. There are nearly four million acres of contiguous public conservation lands in the Everglades of South Florida, often quite close to cities like Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Naples. I captured this photography from a Cessna 177 airplane near Everglades City, which is one of my favorite basecamps for Everglades adventure. Its where Everglades National Park meets Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge and wild lands and waters extend for dozens of miles in every direction. For those who want to immerse in the Everglades, the 99-mile Everglades Wilderness Waterway included marked paddling trails and camping sites that connect through the mangrove fringe from Everglades City to Flamingo (closer to Miami). Everglades National Park has been declared an International Biosphere Reserve, a World Heritage Site and a Wetland of International Importance, one of only three locations in the world to appear on all three lists.” — Carlton Ward. Photo by @carltonward #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades #Mangroves
Are you an artist who's inspired by the Everglades? Or one who's looking for new inspiration? Applications are open for the 2020 Artists in Residence in Everglades program. In partnership with the park, AIRIE operates a live/work residency with a mission to support and enhance the arts and cultural heritage of the Everglades subtropical wilderness. Artists live, work and create in the Everglades for one-month periods, occupying a small apartment inside the park and interacting with AIRIE, park representatives and the public. Applications accepted through June 1, 2019. Visit the link in our story to apply and for more information. Application Q&A & author talk on May 19 at 5 pm at Books and Books in Coral Gables. Photo by AIRIE #EvergladesNationalPark #Everglades
It's official - last year's wading bird nesting numbers soared above the rest! Exactly how many nested? Find out by reading the just released 2018 South Florida Wading Bird Report or watching videos about the report made by the South Florida Water Management District and Dr. Mark Cook @lightswitchaddict. Links to the videos and the report are on the park's Facebook page.
We take safety seriously at Everglades National Park, even for our “wild” life! Did you wear your #lifejacket2work to help kick off #nationalsafeboatingweek (May 18-24)? Don’t forget it’s also #endangeredspeciesday
We guess you could say that moms are the best at being patient and loving when it comes to personal space, no matter what species. To all the amazing mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day!
Do you have a passion for bicycling, wildlife watching, and helping people? If so, consider joining the Mobile Volunteer Patrol (MVP)! This team rides bicycles around the 15-mile loop at Shark Valley, helping people along the trail who may be in distress. . . . There is a training/orientation to the MVP program on Saturday, May 25th. See the link in our story for more information and to sign up! . . . NPS Photo. Photo Description: 3 people riding bicycles on a road.
Looking for a map of the new channel markers in Florida Bay? Swipe up on our story for an interactive map with the status of channel maker replacement work! . . Map Details: The map includes all Florida Bay channels, with the thicker lines showing channels that will be replaced. The heavier, purple lines are "on-plane" channels completed and pink lines are "idle-speed." . . . Hover over the lines to see the status of the new channel marker and click on the lines for channel names and information.
Did you know? The theory of island biogeography was tested and supported in Everglades National Park, over 50 years ago, by ecologists Dan Simberloff and E. O. Wilson. This famous study has inspired millions of biologists and informed the way we design conservation areas like national parks. . . . Today, we revisited the study site with Simberloff for a film that highlights this influential study. . . . #parkscience #EvergladesNationalPark . . . NPS Photos