The Everglades - Interesting Facts
Everglades National Park is home to over 1,000 species of plants. The Morning Glory pictured here is a native species. However, over 20% of the plants here are non-native. Researchers in the Park are working to remove those that cause the most problems.
Everglades National Park, which protects over 1.5 million acres, is the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48 states, behind Yellowstone National Park (2nd) and Death Valley National Park (1st).
Everglades National Park ranges from sea level to 20 feet above sea level on an Indian-made shell mound on the Gulf Coast portion of the Park.
A pair of endangered wood storks needs about 440 pounds of fish during a breeding season to feed themselves and their young. Everglades National Park serves as an important nursery ground for raising of their chicks.
The Everglades Ecosystem provides a home to over 350 documented species of birds. Numerous visitors make a journey to the park every year to see some of our more rare and endangered species.
Cornerstones of significance of the park
- Largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie in North America.
- Predominant water recharge area for all of South Florida through the Biscayne aquifer.
- A World Heritage Site, a Biosphere Reserve, a Wetland of International Significance, and an Outstanding Florida Water.
- Home of fourteen endangered and nine threatened species.
- Largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere.
- Largest designated wilderness in the southeast.
- Most significant breeding grounds for tropical wading birds in North America.
- Site of significant ethnographic resources.
- Site of a nationally significant estuarine complex in Florida Bay.
- Only subtropical preserve on the North American continent.
- Major "edge" area of the northern and southern limits for many species creating a unique mingling of diverse temperate and subtropical species.