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    Everglades

    National Park Florida

Volunteer day at Gulf Coast District of Everglades National Park

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Date: October 1, 2008
Contact: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Jackie Doustourian, 305-242-7752

Everglades National Park invites you to help increase butterfly species diversity in the park on Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. at the Gulf Coast, Everglades City Visitor Center. This is a great opportunity to come out and experience the park and contribute to improving the natural resources in the Everglades City district of the park.

Nation-wide, butterfly species have become rare, threatened or endangered due to a decrease in habitat and plant species diversity. Many people and organizations, including homeowners, businesses and state and federal agencies, are working towards increasing the size of the butterfly population by planting butterfly gardens; gardens filled with native plants known to attract butterflies.

Everglades National Park has recently established a butterfly garden at the Gulf Coast, Everglades City Visitor Center. Come on out on Saturday, October 18 and help enhance the health, beauty and productivity of the garden by planting, pruning and mulching. Be sure to revisit the site from time to time, to see how your efforts will attract butterflies seeking habitat to feed and propagate.

Please contact Jackie Dostourian, Volunteer Coordinator, at 305-242-7752 or

Did You Know?

Roseate Spoonbill

The pink coloration of the Roseate Spoonbill comes from a red pigment, related to Vitamin A, found in some crustaceans that they eat. Look for them foraging among the shallows of Everglades National Park.