Everglades National Park

AP

Everglades National Park will delay a planned hike in entrance fees while the park continues whittling away at a massive backlog of maintenance repairs.

A 10-day competition to remove invasive Burmese pythons from public lands in South Florida begins Friday, Jan. 10. 

Nearly two-thirds of all bird species in North America are at risk of extinction due to climate change according to a new report, released Thursday by the National Audubon Society


A new camera that uses special wavelengths of light could help Florida in its fight against the invasive Burmese python.

Gerard Albert / WLRN

On the eve of the Independence Day holiday, 26 South Floridians became U.S. citizens in Everglades National Park.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating the birth of the country by welcoming nearly 7,500 new citizens over 100 naturalization ceremonies across the nation from July 1 to 5.

José Viñas, 19, of the Dominican Republic was all smiles after completing his naturalization -- and even danced a little.

Everglades Fire Burns 17,000 Acres

Jun 25, 2019
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

A lightning strike started a 17,000-acre wildfire in the eastern Everglades that threatened Monday to cause smoky conditions on Interstate 75 through Alligator Alley, according to the Florida Forest Service.

Firefighters were monitoring and patrolling, but the forest service said suppression efforts were hampered because of the remote location of the blaze, which was in west-central Broward County.

The fire started Sunday evening about one mile north of Interstate 75 and four miles west of U.S. 27, the forest service said.

AP / Miami Herald

Heading into the third week of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump told reporters outside the White House that he can relate to the pain of federal workers who aren’t receiving paychecks.

“Many of those people that won’t be receiving a paycheck, many of those people agree 100 percent with what I’m doing,” he said.

Photo by Eric Barton

The Department of the Interior is one of the parts of the federal government affected by the current shutdown. But you can still visit South Florida's national parks.

Tom Brandner and his family were hoping to visit Dry Tortugas National Park during their Key West vacation.

That was not to be — but not because of the shutdown. The ferry to the national park was full.

"We wanted to book it about a month ago, but they were sold out," said Brandner, who is from Columbia, SC.

Mac Stone Photography

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.

The Florida Phoenix

The Everglades Foundation is kicking off a campaign to include the Everglades Reservoir in this year’s federal Water Resources Development Act bill. The reservoir is designed to move water away from Lake Okeechobee and reduce the spread of the discharge causing the toxic algae blooms on both coasts. The announcement comes days after Governor Rick Scott declared a State of Emergency as a result of the toxic algae blooms. Dr. Steven Davis is the chief ecologist at the Everglades Foundation. He joined Sundial to discuss the dangers of toxic algae. 


Yesterday's Florida Keys / The Ketch & Yawl Press

When you’re talking about the protection of birds, in the U.S. and especially in South Florida, there’s one man who had an outsize impact — even if his name is barely remembered now.

That man is Robert Porter Allen.

Allen was the researcher from the National Audubon Society who established Audubon’s Tavernier Science Center in 1939. (It's now Audubon of Florida's Everglades Science Center.)

Roberto Koltun / Miami Herald

Everglades National Park reopened Shark Valley on Saturday, much to the delight of cyclists who have made the park a popular attraction for decades.

Sammy Mack / WLRN

Senate President Joe Negron wants water managers to expand their search for land to house a reservoir he has backed to help shift water south from Lake Okeechobee.

In a letter Thursday to South Florida Water Management District Executive Director Ernie Marks, Negron expressed concern that plans put forward a day earlier “may be unnecessarily constrained by using a limited footprint.”

Allen Eyestone / Palm Beach Post

Water managers planning a massive Everglades reservoir to help end polluted releases from Lake Okeechobee that regularly foul both coasts unveiled early drafts of the project Tuesday.

Flamingo Rising: Park Service Awards Contract To Build New Lodging, Restaurant

Jun 5, 2017
Everglades National Park

More than a decade after hurricanes Katrina and Wilma destroyed the lodging and restaurant at Flamingo, the National Park Service has selected a company to rebuild at the Everglades National Park outpost.

"I know the public is going to be very happy to be able to have that opportunity to travel all the way down to the southern tip of the Florida peninsula within the park and be able to stay down there, as they used to for many, many years before 2005," said Pedro Ramos, superintendent of Everglades National Park.

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