Island exploration & The Everglades National Park
Nearly 300 different species of fish are known to inhabit the freshwater marshes and marine coastline of Everglades National Park. Fishing remains one of the most popular activities in the park.
In Everglades National Park, more than 360 different species of birds have been sighted. Though there are many different ways to identify one group of birds from another, generally birds can be placed into one of three groups: wading birds, land birds, and birds of prey.Sixteen different species of wading birds live in the Everglades. All have long legs for wading into the water to catch their food. The white Ibis is the most common wading bird found in the park. Unlike wading birds that prefer to eat fish, the ibis dines mostly on crayfish. This attractive white bird has a long, slender, curved beak that it uses to probe the mud in search of food. All of the birds of prey commonly found in the Florida Everglades are also found in other parts of the country. Some are even found on other continents. In fact, the most naturally widespread bird species is birds of prey commonly found in the the Everglades.
Many of the best-known Everglades residents fall within this fascinating class of animals. More than 50 distinct kinds of reptiles inhabit the park. These species range from the formidable American crocodile to the diminutive green anole.
More than 40 species of mammals inhabit Everglades National Park. Many species commonly associated with drier habitats of forest and fields have adapted to the semi-aquatic environment that constitutes much of the Everglades. It is not unusual to see white-tailed deer foraging for food in the sawgrass prairie, and bobcat can occasionally be seen foraging in the mangroves.