Long Pine Key Campground Closed
Due to improvements to park roads and parking lots, the reopening of the Long Pine Key Campground will be delayed due to paving work. It will reopen mid-December. Those desiring to camp will be able to utilize the Flamingo Campground instead. More »
Freshwater Aquatic Ecology
The SFNRC conducts monitoring of freshwater fishes and invertebrates in several habitat types within Everglades National Park. Shark River Slough, a deep-water habitat, is sampled intensively once per year, whereas the Rocky Glades at the eastern edge of the park are sampled monthly. This monitoring program tracks seasonal and long-term changes in freshwater fish and invertebrate populations that arise from natural weather patterns and changes in water management. The program has also documented the invasion of park waters by several species of exotic aquarium fish, including the highly invasive jewel cichlid.
Did You Know?
Many of the orchids found within the Everglades are "epiphytic," growing on host trees that are used for support. This adaptation allows a variety of plants to grow in an otherwise harsh environment.