The Everglades are a national treasure. The ecosystem is home to hundreds of species of beautiful and fascinating wading birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians and plants. It is home to 67 threatened and endangered species, provides fresh water to 7 million Floridians, and is an international destination. However, America’s Everglades are on life support.
More than 100 years of ditching and draining have reduced the wetlands to half their original size; its wading bird population has diminished by 90 percent; and pollution and other impacts have harmed much of the remaining ecosystem.
These lesson plans will introduce students to key aspects of the Everglades ecosystem including its watershed, endangered species, water conservation and other topics.
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