Tag Archives: everglades

Random Plant: Common buttonbush

Although native to wetlands throughout much of eastern North America, common buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis, Rubiaceae)¬†is particularly common in the Florida Everglades. I came across several of these woody shrubs along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park last spring. Buttonbush … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, National Parks, Random Plant | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

American alligator

When my wife and I visited southern Florida last April one of our priorities was to see American alligators (Crocodylia: Alligatoridae: Alligator mississippiensis) in the wild. Our first stop was along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park, and here … Continue reading

Posted in Ecology, National Parks, Organism Interactions, Vertebrate Zoology | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Random Plant: Paurotis/Everglades palm

The main road through Everglades National Park ends at Flamingo, and outside the visitor center are a number of interesting palms. One that I found particularly striking was the Paurotis or Everglades palm (Acoelorrhaphe wrightii, Arecaceae). While present in the … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, National Parks, Random Plant | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Florida Panther

When I visited Everglades National Park a few weeks ago, this was unsurprisingly the closest I came to a Florida panther (Puma concolor coryi, Felidae): With fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild, this distinct subspecies of cougar now … Continue reading

Posted in National Parks, Vertebrate Zoology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Random Plant: Florida royal palm

Close to the eastern entrance of Everglades National Park is a location called Royal Palm. This spot hosts the trailheads for the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails. Fittingly it also hosts a number of Florida royal palm trees (Roystonea elata … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, National Parks, Random Plant | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Basking Cooters

While walking along the Anhinga Trail at Everglades National Park there were many¬†cooter turtles (Pseudemys sp., Emydidae) basking on the rocks along the waterways. Some were doing so in a rather amusing fashion: In these waters there were both Florida … Continue reading

Posted in National Parks, Vertebrate Zoology | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Everglades National Park: Plant communities

At home here in southeast Michigan I’ve spent the last few years gaining a better understanding of the plant communities in my area. Although this is a heavily agricultural region, there are many pockets of various hardwood forests, savannahs, prairies, … Continue reading

Posted in Botany, Ecology, National Parks | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment