Big Cypress
National Preserve Florida


Landscape of cypress swamp with water and trees
Big Cypress Swamp- Home of the Perfect Predator

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Friday March 5th, 202112:30-1:30 pm ET
The Perfect Predator
In the animal kingdom, predators come in all shapes and sizes. Strength, speed, agility, and superior senses are all important factors in becoming a successful hunter. But which resident of Big Cypress National Preserve uses all these attributes to be the perfect predator? Join Ranger Jay Kissell to learn about what it takes to be the perfect predator. You might be surprised at the answer.
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Friday March 12th, 202112:30-1:30 pm ET
The Unseen Reptiles of Big Cypress

Big Cypress is known for its charismatic reptiles like alligators, diamondback rattlesnakes, and the invasive Burmese python however this area is home to plethora of lesser known (but equally as interesting) reptiles that make Big Cypress the unique place it is. Slither on in with Ranger Alex Christopher as he explores these “unseen” herps.

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Big Cypress Night Sky

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Saturday, March 13th, 2021

Cypress Wars: Episode III – A Bright Future

Situated between Miami and Naples, Big Cypress National Preserve is in danger from the effects of ambient light emitting from nearby cities. What will it take to make sure the night sky in the preserve is protected for future generations? How can humans answer the call to ensure that we don't drown out our dark night skies? What impacts does this light have on the species that call this place home? Join our night sky rangers as they dive deeper into these questions in the last episode of Cypress Wars.

Following the Cypress Wars program, the South Florida Amateur Astronomers Assocation is hosting a virtual telescope viewing event from the Fox Observatory. Please visit their Facebook page to find all the details.

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If you have questions or want more details, please call the Night Sky Rangers at 239-695-1149

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Great horned owl and her youngsters

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Friday March 19th, 202112:30-1:30 pm ET
Owls: Look Hoo’s Talking
Known for its dazzling display of bird species, Big Cypress has a bird that you might be familiar with, but not notice when you visit- the owl! Join Ranger AP Harrison to learn about the four species of owls in Big Cypress, their magnificent adaptations, and why they are vitally important to the preserve.
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The Milky Way over Big Cypress

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Friday March 26th, 202112:30-1:30 pm ET
Turning to the Darkside
When light drives out darkness, it allows us to work when the Sun sets, providing safety at night, and dazzling our eyes across city sprawls. Can there be too much light? Join Ranger Rhys Joaquin as we explore Big Cypress National Preserve's place in space as an International Dark Sky park. Together, we will look to the past, present and future of space exploration while examining what's at stake when we turn our backs on the dark.
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Last updated: March 16, 2021

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33100 Tamiami Trail East
Ochopee, FL 34141


(239) 695-2000

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