Now that the kids are heading back to school, join Biscayne National Park for a Marine Debris Cleanup. The park cleanups are scheduled during the day, so there is plenty of time to drop the kids off at school, join the volunteer fun, and be home in time for homework.
Everglades National Park biologist Zach Fratto has many people’s dream job, and he knows it. Fratto’s work takes him out on Florida Bay often. I was lucky enough to tag along recently.
You never know what you will see when you are out in South Florida taking nature and landscape photos. Last week I was very lucky to get to see and photograph an endangered Florida Panther.
I was invited to go out on Florida Bay in early December 2017. I was pumped and felt like I hit the jackpot. I was just asked to go on a boat for work for the first time in my life.
Biscayne National Park, in partnership with the Biscayne National Park Institute, will host volunteer marine debris cleanups beginning on Tuesday, June 18 and each Tuesday thereafter through November 12.
As the summer vacation and travel seasons opens, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2018 resulted in a $40.1 billion benefit to the nation’s economy and supported 329,000 jobs.
Additional federal funding could be coming for Everglades restoration. The White House has revised a budget request to Congress and is seeking to provide $200 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Everglades work, a boost of $137 million from an earlier proposal.
National Park Week --- April 20 - 28. Fee Free Day is Saturday, April 20. Park entrance is free for all visitors. It’s National Park Week and as part of the celebration, we’re highlighting park programs that help us meet the park service mission of preserving the nation’s natural and …
According to the nationally renowned Expedia AARP Travel Center, Everglades National Park is ranked #2 in the United States for “Scenic Bird Watching Destinations.”
Scientists with the University of Florida and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found that Burmese pythons are occupying bird nesting areas in the Everglades, suggesting that pythons are attracted to wading birds where they breed.
Here in Everglades National Park, we owe a lot to women. After all, women first led the effort to preserve this special place back in the early 1900s. Female conservationists and scientists have continued that legacy as caretakers and defenders of the park. Here, we highlight just a few wome…
It was my first time in South Florida and I wanted to see an Oustalet’s chameleon. My husband knew that this was the only way he’d ever convince me to move here, and so he obliged. After securing permission, we headed to a nearby avocado farm with our headlamps ready.
On Saturday September 15th anglers Erik Tietig and John Sanchez witnessed a 7' gator kill and carry away a Burmese python estimated to measure 10' in length. The anglers reported the take down occurring in the backcountry of Everglades National Park near the mangroves.
In 1951, John Pennekamp, a longtime conservationist and member of the newly created Board of State Parks and Historic Memorials, addressed the Florida Legislature. The title and main topic of that speech was "playgrounds for all the people." His dedication and service to the state park syste…
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio’s office sent the News Leader a letter the Senator sent to the Army Corps of Engineers asking for their support in alleviating the persistent flooding effecting the farm fields near Everglades National Park (ENP).
The Homestead National Parks Trolley, South Florida’s only public transportation to Everglades & Biscayne National Parks, will resume normal service on Saturday, January 27, 2018, and continue every weekend through April 29, 2018. This award-winning service offering a free ride, free gui…
What is the most popular national park in Florida? To no ones surprise it’s Everglades National Park which had 930,907 visitors in 2016 who spent $91,321 at the park, reports 24/7 Wall St. in an article titled, “The Most Popular National Park in Every State.”
Floridians bracing for the pounding winds and rains of powerful Hurricane Irma are complaining at a historic clip about price gouging and shortages of fuel, Attorney General Pam Bondi said Thursday.
On Monday, August 21, a total solar eclipse will turn day into night for a few short minutes around the country. In South Florida we will see a partial eclipse.
Since 1994, seniors have been given the ability to purchase a $10 Lifetime Senior Pass to visit National Parks throughout the United States. This reasonable one-time fee has greatly benefited seniors, particularly those on fixed incomes, by providing a way to explore recreational areas witho…
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 Nati…
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.
This week, history was unearthed in Dry Tortugas National Park, and the South Dade News Leader was part of the memorable moment.
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 di…
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 301…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 fi…
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.