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The Everglades in the Off-season

May 10, 2011, 1:46 pm
Just because the moonlight bike tours and guided swamp walks have ended for the season and most of the migratory birds have moved on doesn’t mean there’s no reason to visit the Everglades this spring and summer. The hottest, stickiest, rainiest season is when orchids and other wildflowers thrive and ...

Finding amusement at a trio of national parks in Florida

February 1, 2011, 7:40 am
Outside the theme parks and beaches, there’s a Florida that many tourists never see but shouldn’t miss. The southern part of the peninsula is home to a trio of national parks that offer adventures that Disney and the like can’t begin to match. It’s possible to hit the highlights in ...

NWF Picks: Top Wildlife-Watching Spots

January 26, 2011, 6:35 am
Throughout its 75-year history, the National Wildlife Federation has fought to safeguard hundreds of habitats critical to sustaining the nation’s wildlife. Many of these places also turn out to be excellent places to see wild animals. Here are ten of NWF's favorite destinations, where visitors can get good looks ...

This Fall, Plan a National Park Winter Vacation

October 13, 2010, 1:21 pm
It may not seem like it now, but winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you'll be itching to get away--and whether your dream destination is warm and sunny or a snowy wonderland, our national parks are some of the best winter getaway destinations in the ...

Non-native swamphens infiltrating Florida's ecosystem

May 18, 2010, 7:52 am
Lost in the recent furor over the fearsome exotic Burmese python is another invasive species that has spread quietly over the past 14 years from the man-made marshes of Broward County to Lake Okeechobee and beyond. Neither ugly nor dangerous to humans, it nevertheless poses a significant threat to ...

Everglades vultures eat everything -- even car parts

April 7, 2010, 7:09 am
Behind her counter in the gift shop at Anhinga Trail, the first and most popular tourist stop in Everglades National Park, Linda Hyde keeps a secret weapon against forbidding creatures that spent much of the winter lurking in the parking lot and preying on random visitors and staffers. Not pythons, ...

Big Chill proves python catchers right

April 5, 2010, 6:14 am
``I like to grab their tails,'' says Joe Wasilewski. He's talking about the humongous pythons that have famously invaded South Florida. ``You gotta jump 'em right away,'' the biologist explains, ``and get 'em out in the open.'' We're driving along a canal bank in deep southwest Miami-Dade. Wasilewski, an old friend and ...

Cold snap killed many pythons in Everglades

February 16, 2010, 8:07 am
Vultures circled over Everglades National Park's Anhinga Trail, where thousands of dead non-native fish floated in the marshes. About half the Burmese pythons found in the park in the past few weeks were dead. Dead iguanas have dropped from trees onto patios across South Florida. And in western Miami-Dade County, three ...

Cold inflicted major toll on fish in Florida

January 21, 2010, 8:12 am
Everywhere he steered his skiff last week, Pete Frezza saw dead fish. From Ponce de Leon Bay on the Southwest Coast down across Florida Bay to Lower Matecumbe in the Florida Keys -- day after day, dead fish. Floating in the marina at Flamingo in Everglades National Park alone he ...

Popular Nike Missile Tours Now Available at Everglades National Park

January 19, 2010, 11:34 am
For the second consecutive year, the National Park Service has opened the historic Nike Hercules Missile Base HM-69 located in Everglades National Park for public tours. This tour was offered for the first time in 2009 and was so popular that the park has expanded the scheduled tours. These ranger-guided ...

Snakes on a Plane Would Be Banned Under Senate Bill

January 4, 2010, 11:48 am
Burmese pythons, anacondas and boa constrictors would be banned as imports under a measure backed by U.S. lawmakers, who said escaped or abandoned snakes are overrunning Florida’s Everglades. “As stewards of our country’s vast public lands and natural resources we have to deal with the threats posed by invasive species,” ...

Snakes in the ’Glades: Burmese pythons are here to stay, expert warns

December 21, 2009, 9:40 am
Larry Perez cautions against sensationalism when considering the Burmese python population in the Everglades. The facts alone are serious enough, the National Park Service science communications liaison said during a recent talk at Port of the Islands in Collier County. Speaking to some 70 people gathered for a meeting of the ...

Portion of Everglades burned to deter wildfires

December 17, 2009, 1:52 pm
Fire crews put the torch to a swath of Everglades National Park in a program that helps keep the ecosystem healthy and reduces wildfire dangers. It's the dry season, when uncontrolled wildfires in South Florida can threaten man and nature. That's why fire crews spent Wednesday torching 1,500 acres of ...

Species Spotlight : American Alligator

December 17, 2009, 10:48 am
Alligators are among the most popular sights to see in Everglades National Park. They’re also an important part of the Everglades ecosystem and are considered a keystone species of the park.   These reptilian beasts can be seen wallowing in the swampy “alligator holes” throughout the park, but you are just ...

Top Ten Warm Winter Getaways

December 17, 2009, 10:38 am
Our national parks are home to beaches, deserts and subtropical wildernesses—all of which make great vacation destinations during the cold winter months. If you’re tired of all the snow and in search for an escape from your cold weather blues, check these Top 10 Warm Winter Getaways. 1. Death Valley ...