A long-standing wildlife monitoring program in Everglades National Park has provided information critical to the management of wading birds, eagles and ospreys, sea turtles, alligators, white-tailed deer, and Cape Sable seaside sparrow. Florida panthers are tracked year-round in Everglades National Park as part of an interagency effort to monitor the population of this endangered species. Center staff also manage the monitoring program for wildlife at Dry Tortugas National Park, which includes annual data collection on sea turtles and nesting seabirds such as sooty and noddy terns, masked booby, frigate birds, and brown pelicans.
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.