The United States has been blessed with many of the most wonderful natural wonders on earth, such as the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Niagara water falls. They are staples which are a part of the very culture and identity of america. Seldom would a person, think of the Florida Everglades as a natural miracle alongside these great places, but that’s because most people do not know what the Florida Everglades are.
The Florida Everglades have very unique conditions. People often mistake the marshland environment using a swamp, but it’s actually a river, and the widest river in the world for that matter, spanning almost from shore to shore of the Southern Peninsula of Florida ranging from 60 to 110 kilometers wide. The flow of water into the Gulf of Mexico is quite slow, letting it possess extensive sweet, brackish, and salt water environments, and higher temperature water than most rivers making it ideal for reptiles. Some plants that thrive in the special conditions of the Everglades are almost non-existent everywhere, like the water plant called Sawgrass, which develops in what appear to be endless prairies from the Everglades.
The unique conditions make the Everglades the home to many unique animals too, included among them are dozens of threatened and endangered species in the verge of extinction like the Southern Bald Eagle, West Indian Manatee, Florida Panther, American Crocodile, and a number of turtles and wading birds. The wildlife has attracted support of environmentalists, preservationists, and bird-watching advocating groups from around the globe to support the fragile ecosystem.
These traits, and the uniqueness, richness, and range of wildlife within its boundaries, have earned it the designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Everglades have had to contend with human influence, and the needs for land for agriculture and residential construction, which have decreased the size of the Everglades to about half what it was a century ago. The depletion trends are so alarming, that protective legislation was enacted protecting wildlife, banning building, and protecting the water quality and flow to save the habitat. Although there’s hope, stopping these trends is a massive undertaking, and the future is always uncertain. Seeing the majesty of this pristine wildlife in the Everglades is an opportunity today, but couldn’t be around in the future, such as the many frontier lands throughout history, which today are gone.
As they are so extensive, there are hundreds of tours of the Florida Everglades out of the numerous Indian reserves, state parks, and tourism facilities across the Central, Western, and Southern State of Florida. For those who, more than just the shuttle transport service into the Everglades, would like to experience them more fully, it’s advisable to consider tours which include an air boat ride, which provide the chance to go in the wilderness, and watch the wildlife upfront when enjoying the wind and spirit of setting off on an adventure. The park operates large and secure air ships, and has an alligator show on the premises, which is extremely interesting, and educational.
The Everglades, are here now, and are an opportunity to experience a unique wildlife habitat that is a National pride of the USA, alongside the many other great natural wonders the country has been blessed with.