Protect the Everglades!
Why should we
preserve the Everglades?
The Everglades is a fragile and delicate ecosystem where
thousands of plants and animals live. It is also an important
part of Florida's water cycle. Continuing to dry these wet lands
that are part of it will be devastating to life and the
What can we do
to protect the Everglades?
There are many small things we can do to preserve our
environment. Here in Florida where we are surrounded by water
canals, being careful with the garbage we throw is an important
step. Because eventually everything ends up in the water, making
sure that plastics and other non-biodegradable are recycled is
an important step. There are several private organizations
working towards preserving the Everglades. Margaret Stone
Douglas was an important advocate of preserving the Everglades.
Being a member of these organizations and sending money
contributions to them is another way to help.
Visit the links
suggested and learn plants, animals, and how to help preserve and
care for the Everglades.
Friends of the Everglades, founded in 1969 by Marjory
Everglades National Park
Defender of the Everglades: Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Everglades is home to a vast array of plants and animals that have
adapted to a wet, subtropical environment.
Here is a
list of some of The Everglades’ plant and animal species:
sawgrass, white water lily, spatterdock, maidencane, and the tiniest
member of the Everglades plant community the periphyton algae.
Orchids, Bromeliads and Ferns
plants known for their vast root system. Mangroves provide an interface
between saline waters and the freshwater marshes. They help reduce soil
erosion from wind and waves and build the soil through their growth and
storks; white and glossy ibises; roseate spoonbill; great blue, great
white and tri-colored herons; and snowy and great egrets.
skunk, opossum, bobcat, and white-tail deer. But the poster-child of the
Everglades and the symbol of this wild, vast ecosystem is the Florida
panther. It is the most endangered species in the Everglades.
Another keystone species of the ecosystem is the American alligator.
In 1999, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
approved a Multi-Species Recovery Plan for the Threatened
and Endangered Species of South Florida. This plan is
designed to protect the endangered and threatened plants and
animals of the South Florida ecosystem that includes the
Create a Poster to persuade others to
protect The Everglades.
Include at least 5 important facts you
learned about the Everglades.
Adopt an "endangered" animal of
Everglades and make a report about it. Include at least three
suggestions that would help protect it.
Use the suggested links to do your
wetlands filter harmful pollutants from our drinking water, prevents flooding and provide habitats to fish
and wildlife. The values and functions provided by wetlands to our
environment and our economy are enormous. However, according to the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service statistics, the nation is losing 58,500 acres
of wetlands, on average, each year!! --We need to stop it!!