Start making your plans because on Monday, Jan. 20, national parks across the country are offering free admission to all visitors in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
In other good news, the proposed entrance fee increase at Everglades National Park for 2020 will be delayed until 2021. Everglades National Park has ambitious plans over the next few years and these entrance fees are vital to providing and maintaining the facilities and activities that our visitors expect at a world-renowned national park.
Finally, the National Park Service has also designated four additional entrance fee-free days for 2020 so don't forget to mark your calendars! Dates are listed below.
Saturday, April 18 – First Day of National Park Week
Tuesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
Saturday, September 26 – National Public Lands Day
Wednesday, November 11 – Veterans Day
More information at the link in our story.
Photo by Vineesh Agrawal (www.sharetheexperience.org)
"Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea." — Dr. Sylvia Earle, renowned American oceanographer and explorer known for her research on marine algae and her ocean conservation advocacy.
When it’s hot outside, we typically go for a swim... but Wood Storks opt for a “slimier” alternative.
Baby storks don't really have the swimming option, so to keep nestlings cool, Wood Stork parents regurgitate water over their young. 💦 Their version of a water park may sound a little gross to us, but it does the trick! 🤷♀️ The more you know.
Stories 📖, s'mores 🍫, stars ✨, and a campfire 🔥? Count us in!
Do you have a true, family-friendly story that fits the theme of "LEAPing Into Nature?" Biscayne National Park is currently accepting entries for their third annual StorySlam which will take place on Leap Day, Feb. 29.
If you're interested in sharing your story, please contact Park Ranger Gary Bremen at (305) 230-1144, x007 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The stories will be professionally judged and prizes will be awarded. Gabriela Fernandez, host of the monthly Moth in Miami story slams, will host the event on the front lawn of the park’s Dante Fascell Visitor Center beside beautiful Biscayne Bay.
On the day of the event, the Dante Fascell Visitor Center and Convoy Point grounds will remain open until 9pm. There will be a campfire, s'mores, and telescopes available. Picnic dinners and lawn chairs encouraged.
Date: Saturday, February 29 at 7:00PM
Where: Dante Fascell Visitor Center, 9700 SW 328th St, Homestead, FL 33033
Photo and video by @carltonward | I set up one of my camera traps along this trail beside an ancient cypress tree for more than a year and only got two visits by a panther during that entire time, and only once facing my camera. As luck would have it, a Florida black bear knocked over two of flashes and bumped my trigger the week before. So this beautiful female panther is a bit more mysterious than I wanted: the bear knocked over the left flash, leaving the right side of her face dark. And she's a bit further from the camera than I'd like because the bear misaligned the trigger. But I am still quite happy with the moment, a gift of capturing a rare panther walking in the shadow of this 500-year-old cypress on Green Glades West ranch, next to Big Cypress National Preserve. The video gives a behind the scenes view of the curious cat. For more @pathofthepanther and #FloridaWild stories from my work with @insidenatgeo please visit @carltonward. #panther#everglades@FL_wildcorridor#KeepFLWild
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Is the Everglades actually a "river of sausage?" Of course not!
However, this could have been a very valid and frequent visitor question if we called saw-grass by a more accurate name. Did you know that saw-grass isn't actually a grass? It's a sedge.
Now say "saw-sedge" three times fast. 😂 Yeah... we'll stick with saw-grass!
This guy took me for a ride, what a ball buster 💣....
Speaking of balls... thank you @manscaped for the care package, had me feeling just peachy....
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Anhingas are birds that swim underwater to spear fish, then come back on land to swallow their prey whole! You can find them along waterways in the southeastern US, and generally see them drying their feathers with their wings spread open along water edges. While other waterbirds have waterproof feathers the Anhinga doesn't so it can submerge completely to catch prey.
ICYMI: Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans for the State to acquire 20,000 acres of #wetlands in Water Conservation Area 3 (WCA-3). “Under the leadership of Governor DeSantis, 2020 is already starting out as a banner year for #Everglades restoration," said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss. "These wetlands are critical to the health of the Everglades and now we can guarantee that there will be no oil and gas drilling on 20,000 acres in the heart of the Everglades.” You can watch the announcement from 1/15/20 on our Facebook page (SFWMD).
Today is Monday, so it's #zoodays time! This is Frosty Jr., a 19 year old Umbrella Cockatoo and my favorite bird that lives at @sarasotajunglegardens . We've been hanging out a lot lately and have become best buds. I love getting to see his.. uhhhh... unique personality. I'd describe it as equal parts crazy and charming, and this picture of him hanging out in the Victoria's Secret bag he got for enrichment is the perfect aesthetic for him. I love going over and having dance parties with him, one of my most prized possessions is a signed painting that he made, and it's also very rewarding for me to remind him that he has a bright yellow butt, because I honestly don't think he's that aware of it. Also, he does talk a little bit, and his favorite things to say are, "Hi Frosty!" and *maniacal laugh*. It's all very endearing.
Umbrella Cockatoos are endemic to the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, but are unfortunately listed as an Endangered Species by CITES due to habitat destruction and overharvesting for the pet trade. Like many other parrots, they have zygodactyl feet (2 toes in the front and 2 in the back) that are excellent at grasping and manipulating objects, very strong beaks for being able to crack open seeds and nuts, and extremely loud calls to help them be able to communicate in the noisy jungles. They are also very important in the rainforest because they eat so much different fruit seeds and nuts that they actually spread a lot of the seeds around as they poop them out. Finally, these guys are extremely intelligent birds that ar great problem-solvers, are eager to learn, and are very social with other birds and their caretakers, which means getting to interact with Frosty here is always a treat. #cockatoo#umbrellacockatoo#frosty#bird#birdsofinstagram#birb#victoriassecret#sarasota#sarasotajunglegardens#2020#wild#pathofthepanther#floridawildlifecorridor#wildflorida#science#florida#floridakeys#climatechange#realflorida#ocean#swamp#everglades#bigcypress#conservation#sustainable#nikon#photography