Everglades

When it comes to the health of the Everglades, scientists often look to the birds. The healthier the ecosystem, the bigger the populations of wading birds like wood storks, spoonbills, egrets and herons.

Scientists say this year is shaping up to be a very good season for wading bird nesting, on the heels of a 2017 nesting season where some bird populations grew by 50 percent or more.

White House Backs Everglades Reservoir

Jul 12, 2018

The White House on Tuesday backed Florida’s effort to secure federal funding for a reservoir intended to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce discharges that residents blame for repeated toxic algae outbreaks spreading on both coasts.

Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

 

Two people are hospitalized after the small plane they were riding crashed into the pitch-black Everglades late Thursday night.

The plane went down west of Okeechobee Road and Krome Avenue around 11:30 p.m.

Fire rescue crews from Miami-Dade and Broward had to be lowered to the wreckage by helicopter to the scene as the crash, which split the plane in two, happened miles from the roadway.

For the Miccosukee tribe, the Everglades has been home for about 200 years: ever since ancestors of today's tribe members were forced south from Alabama and Georgia.

Soldiers and settlers pushed tribe members into the swamp, where they built villages and grew crops on tree islands, and hunted and fished in canoes.

The Everglades kept the Miccosukees safe. Now, every fall and every spring, the tribe dedicates an entire week to checking on the Everglades' health.

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