An important haven for migratory birds and endangered animals, the Everglades is also a significant nursery for wading birds and fish.
Fire is important to a healthy Everglades because it regulates this fire-adapted ecosystem. Some plant communities are even fire-dependent.
Nonnative, exotic, and invasive species affect the park and Everglades ecosystem in many ways, some obvious and others obscure.
In the Everglades, elevation is everything. Even a few inches can influence which ecosystems develop. Along the coast, salt plays a role.
Water is the lifeblood of the Everglades. Without it, this ecosystem would cease to exist. Everglades restoration will restore water flow.
Light And Sound
Sunsets, starry skies, rolling thunder, alligator bellows, and singing songbirds: the Everglades treats your senses.
Threatened and Endangered Species
Learn about federally-listed species presently or formerly known to occur in the park.
Last updated: June 8, 2021