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Florida Everglades Field Trip

Everglades Adventure Name: __________________________

Everglades National Park Home Page --

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1.Experience Everglades National Park right in ____________________________ backyard. Everglades' wet sawgrass prairies, dry tropical hardwood _________________________ and pinelands, ____________________________swamps and Florida Bay and Gulf Coast estuaries provide habitat for a wildlife spectacle like no other.

2. The one and only Everglades has many adventures to offer. Take a short walk on the Anhinga Trail to spot abundant wildlife --____________________________, herons and ________________________! Climb atop Shark Valley's 65-foot observation tower for a bird's eye view of the glades. Glide over Florida Bay by ______________________________ or _____________________________for a chance to glimpse a crocodile, ______________________________, or ___________________________________.

3. Everglades National Park spans across ________________________ acres.


4. Gladesmen were husbands and sons who built ____________________________ in the Everglades. They constructed “_________________________________,” which were small boats that could adequately navigate through the narrow canals and waterways deep in the ‘glades.

5. Upon their return, Gladesmen would sell whatever game they managed to kill, including alligators, ___________________, turkey, rabbits, _______________, fish, frogs, turtles and other wildlife.

Endangered Species in the Everglades

Especies Fact Sheets (click on link for each species below)

6. Alligator

Unlike the crocodile, the alligator has a _____________________________head. The alligator uses its powerful tail to propel itself through water. The tail accounts for _________________the alligator's length. While alligators move very quickly in water, they are generally ________________________________ on land.

7. Florida Black Bear

However, the Louisiana black bear (Ursus americanus luteolu) and Florida black bear (Ursus americanus floridanus) are unique subspecies with small populations. The Louisiana black bear is federally listed as a threatened species and the Florida black bear is estimated to number_______________________.

8. Manatee
As Florida’s human population increases and waterfront development continues, manatees are losing the _________________________________________they rely on to survive.

9. Panther

When European settlers arrived in the 1600s, the __________________________________, building and other human activities that destroy, degrade and fragment habitat began, and the ___________________________and misconceptions that led to panther persecution.

Panthers are an ___________________________________species: Protecting them and the vast, unspoiled, wild territory each one needs to survive—an average of ___________square miles for a single male—protects many other plants and animals that live there. At the top of the food chain, these cats help keep feral ________________numbers in check and deer, raccoon and other prey populations balanced and ____________________________.

Everglades National Park Videos -- click on the [CC] for captions

Mangrove (video)

10. Mangrove trees live where the freshwater from the Everglades meets the _________________________ from the ocean.

11. Mangroves are influenced by another cycle since they’re so close to the sea?

The _______________________

12. Tides wash ________________compunds, debris, and ______________ buildup out of the mangroves.

13. When freshwater mixes with saltwater, it is called ________________________ water.

14. Most of the mangroves around here are ________________________ mangroves.

15. Another thing about mangroves is they do not like _____________________________.

16. However, fire does help to keep them out of the neighboring _____________________ prairie.

17. Mangrove leaves fall into the water and become _____________ for decomposers like fungus and bacteria.

18. Wading birds can roost above in the mangrove ____________________and then forage below in the exposed _______________ flats.

Other videos (If you have time choose one below)

Cyprus Dome (video)

Plants & animals : ________________________________________________________


Florida Bay (video)

Plants & animals : ________________________________________________________


Pine Rockland (video) & animals : ________________________________________________________


Sawgrass Prairie (video)

Plants & animals : ________________________________________________________


Slough (video)

Plants & animals : ________________________________________________________


Tropical Hardwood Hammock (video)

Plants & animals : ________________________________________________________


Watch together--

Everglades Swamp Safari (Video) -4:20

Burmese Python (Video) -2:00