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Everglades National Park Reopens Paurotis Pond after Successful Bird Nesting Season

Fishing Paurotis Pond - NPS Photo by Denise Diaz
Fishing at Paurotis Pond

NPS Photo Denise Diaz

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News Release Date: September 21, 2018

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Everglades National Park Reopens Paurotis Pond after Successful Bird Nesting Season


HOMESTEAD, Florida – Everglades National Park announces the reopening of Paurotis Pond for recreational use. A seasonal closure since January was part of a continuing effort to protect the threatened Wood Stork and other wading birds in this popular nesting area from human interference during their nesting season. Visitors may now enjoy open access for fishing, non-motorized boating, and wildlife viewing.

Nesting at Paurotis Pond usually begins in winter months and ends by the time summer arrives, but this year nesting lasted into September. Wading bird nesting was exceptional throughout the Everglades this year. Twice the number of wading birds nested at Paurotis Pond than have in recent years. Across Everglades National Park and the Greater Everglades Ecosystem the total number of wading bird nests was almost four times the average number of nests per year for the last decade. Learn more about the 2018 wading bird nesting season at

Paurotis Pond is located approximately 24 miles from the main park entrance near Homestead, adjacent to the road to Flamingo. 

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Last updated: September 21, 2018

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