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reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit in
the middle of February. Conversely, temperatures can drop
down into the low 40s at night.
On our way to the park, we
spotted multiple American kes-
trels and northern mockingbirds
perched on power lines, overlook-
ing the vast farmland. In the
early 20th century, about fifty
percent of the Everglades was
cleared for agriculture and urban
development. What remained of
the Everglades was dedicated a
national park by President Tru-
man in 1947. The creation of the
National Park System in 1872 has
provided our country with numer-
ous national treasures, and the
Florida Everglades is at the top of
the list of parks to visit.
Upon entering the park, the
scenery changed from farmland
to infinite rivers of grass. Our
childish excitement morphed
into a sense of awe as a wood
stork gracefully glided overhead,
welcoming us to this magnificent
park. We wanted to get birding
right away, so we headed to our
first stop: Anhinga Trail.
Anhinga Trail is located just
four miles from the park entrance
and serves as a great introduction
to the birds of the Everglades.
Situated on the Taylor Slough,
the Anhinga Trail is a paved walk-
way and boardwalk that allows
Above left: Black-necked stilt. Top right: An osprey flies with a fish.
Bottom right: Roseate spoonbill.