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Photographer Robert Chaplin Shares his Travels Above the Arctic Circle to the Land of Polar Bears

3,931 miles from South Florida, as the crow flies, is Kaktovik Alaska.

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Curbelo Reintroduces FILET Act to Combat Lionfish

Washington, D.C. –

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Upside-down Wonders of Biscayne National Park

Amethyst clouds sweep over Biscayne Bay. Sunlight filters through gaps in the dark canopy of sky. The light causes the shallow bay to glow in patches of brilliant turquoise and indigo. While this particular display of beauty is unexpected, such wonders are common occurrences in Biscayne National Park.

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verglades National Park Opens Joe Bay to Non-Motorized Boating

Beginning on Thanksgiving this year, Everglades National Park opened Joe Bay, and adjacent Snag Bay, to the public for the first time in more than 30 years. The area will allow non-motorized boating and become the park's first catch-and-release fishing area.

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Dry Tortugas National Park Time Capsule Offers A Window Into History

This week, history was unearthed in Dry Tortugas National Park, and the South Dade News Leader was part of the memorable moment.

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A Ranger's Personal Journey Down Tamiami Trail

When traveling in Miami on U.S. 41, also called Tamiami Trail, 8th Street or "Calle Ocho," as it's affectionately known by the locals, you can easily feel that you're in a never-ending urban landscape. But if you continue west and cross Krome Avenue, you realize that you have arrived in a different, and often underrated, side of Miami.

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Marines, Airmen Team Up In Renovation Efforts For Historical Site

Since the 1970s the 482nd Civil Engineering Squadron have been making trips to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park assisting in preserving the historical site, but this was the first year they were joined by Marines from the 45th Combat Logistics Regiment and Airmen from the 301st Fighter Wing.

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Biscayne National Park from the Sky

Every visit to Biscayne National Park is an adventure filled with charm, wonder and beauty. This is no surprise. Visitors have come to national parks for over a century in search of such things. This year is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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Changes Coming To Navigating The Everglades’ Waters

Everglades National Parks, has notified over 300 registered fishing guides in Everglades National Park that the U.S. Coast Guard plans to remove aids-to-navigation in park waters between Coot Bay and the mouth of the Shark River. The removal of day beacons is scheduled to begin in late August.

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100th Birthday Celebration of the National Park Service at Coral Gables Museum

August 25 is Founder’s Day for the National Park Service, when it turns 100 years old. To celebrate, the federal agency and its partners invite the general public to attend a free birthday party at the Coral Gables Museum.

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New superintendent named to lead Biscayne National Park

The National Park Service has selected Margaret L. Goodro to lead Biscayne National Park as its next superintendent. Goodro replaces Brian Carlstrom, who left the position in November 2015 to serve in a Deputy Associate Director position in the Washington, D.C. office of the National Park Service.

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Everglades Restoration 102: Present and Future

Last week, we discussed the history of wetlands drainage and the need for restoration. Today, Everglades restoration is in full swing. Since former Florida Gov. Bob Graham announced the Save Our Everglades Program in 1983, there have been many hurdles to overcome. This initiative made the first formal call for an interagency effort to restore th...

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Everglades Restoration 101: History of Drainage

Visitors to Everglades National Park soon discover the park is a mysteriously beautiful and very watery place.

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Miami-Dade Donates 42 acres to National Parks

Biscayne National Park got 45 acres larger overnight last week. In lieu of a complicated science fiction plot, all that was needed to increase the size of the park in an instant was a simple yes vote from the Miami-Dade County Commission. Which it got.

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Sharks in South Florida National Parks

If you want to see a shark in the South Florida national parks, you go to Shark Valley or Shark River Slough in Everglades National Park, right?

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Rangers Give Guided Bus Tour of Flamingo

Within the crevice of the Everglades there resides Flamingo, where fishermen and campers hearts are content. Nature with its own presence affects mankind to blush with their ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ that speaks the astonishing enchantment that the ecosystem has accumulated through natural disasters and nature’s role-playing inhabitants.

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SFNPCC To Exhibit at Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park invites the public to enjoy a photography exhibit by members of the South Florida National Parks Camera Club at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center Gallery during the whole month of June. An Artist’s Reception is being held on Sunday, June 5 from 2:00-4:30 p.m.

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The Public Challenge to Improve Flamingo

Longtime visitors to Flamingo in Everglades National Park have witnessed the gradual and unfortunate decline of the physical condition of the district's facilities after Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma in 2005. Many of these visitors have been waiting more than a decade to see some improvements in this vital fishing outpost they have grown to love.

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Every Kid in the Everglades

Laughter. Excitement. Anticipation. And a little bit of fear. A group of fourth grade students from Miami arrive at Everglades National Park on a yellow school bus looking forward to a day of exploring. Will they see alligators? Will they see a Florida panther? Will mosquitoes bite them?

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The Jellyfish Sky and the Magic of Clouds

There are many things to appreciate about Biscayne National Park. One thing is the clouds.

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