Tag : everglades

Sunday, August 4 2019

A brief description and Photos of The Everglades

The Everglades is a subtropical wetland ecosystem covering two million acres across central and south Florida. During the rainy season, Lake Okeechobee overflows and send water into a very slow moving, very shallow river dominated by sawgrass marsh. The water flows south, passing through diverse habitats, of cypress swamps, wet prairies, and mangroves, until it reaches Everglades National Park and eventually Florida Bay.

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Janes Scenic Road

Janes Scenic Road was once a railroad bed for logging the Fakahatchee’s old-growth Cypress trees in the 1940s. Today, this unimproved narrow dirt road gives visitors access to a portion of Florida’s remaining subtropical wilderness in Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve. The Drive starts at the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park’s ranger station and terminates 11 miles later at the boundary with Picayune Strand State Forest where it now ends.

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Wednesday, July 17 2019

Buying Swampland in Florida

Picayune Strand was logged for cypress trees in the 1940s and 1950s. When the logging was done, the land was purchased by developers and drained for the construction of what was intended to become the largest subdivision in the world. This area became the setting for the infamous "swampland in Florida" scam. Potential buyers were shown the land from the air during the dry season, and many lots were sold to people who never saw their land from the ground. Few homes were built in the subdivision named "Golden Gate Estates" created by the Gulf American Land Corporation due to the lack of electricity and high summer water levels.

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Saturday, July 13 2019

Florida Panther

The Florida panther's natural predator is the American alligator. Humans also threaten it through poaching and wildlife control measures. Besides predation, the biggest threat to their survival is human encroachment. Historical persecution reduced this wide-ranging, large carnivore to a small area of south Florida. This created a tiny, isolated population that became inbred.

The two highest causes of mortality for individual Florida panthers are automobile collisions and territorial aggression between panthers. Primary threats to the population include habitat loss, habitat degradation, and habitat fragmentation. Southern Florida is a fast-developing area and certain developments such as Ave Maria near Naples, are controversial for their location in prime panther habitat. Fragmentation by major roads has severely segmented the sexes of the Florida panther, as well. In a study done between 1981 and 2004, most panthers involved in car collisions were found to be male. However, females are much more reluctant to cross roads. Therefore, roads separate habitat, and adult panthers.

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Friday, July 12 2019

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary occupies approximately 13,000 acres in the heart of the Corkscrew Watershed in Southwest Florida, part of the Western Everglades. It is primarily composed of wetlands including the largest remaining virgin bald cypress forest in the world, which is the site of the largest nesting colony of Federally Endangered Wood Storks in the nation.

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