Big Cypress National Preserve

Big Cypress National Preserve To Conduct Wilderness Inventory

As part of its backcountry access plan, Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida will also conduct a wilderness eligibility assessment for lands within the original boundaries of the preserve.

Mile Marker 63 Rest Area In Big Cypress National Preserve Back In Business

After nearly $9 million worth of improvements, the rest area at Mile Marker 63 along Interestate 75 in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida is back in business.

Winter's A Great Time To Star Gaze At Big Cypress National Preserve

Winter might seem too cold to set outside to star gaze, but it's the perfect season at Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where special astronomy programs are on tap in the coming months.

Information Sought On Apparent Shooting Of Florida Panther In Big Cypress National Preserve

Authorities are investigating the apparent shooting death of an endangered Florida panther in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Guided Ranger Tours, Educational Programs In Florida National Parks Underwritten By South Florida National Parks Trust

More evidence of the value of national park friends groups can be seen in Florida, where the South Florida National Parks Trust is underwriting environmental education programs, ranger-guided tours, and resource protection projects in the parks.

Hunting Season At Big Cypress Preserve Extended Due To Government Shutdown

To offset hunting days lost in Big Cypress National Preserve due to the closure of the National Park System, the National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have agreed to extend the hunting seasons in the preserve.

Camping Fees Increasing At Big Cypress National Preserve

It's going to get a little more expensive to camp in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where new fees will take effect October 1.

Butterflies Native To South Florida Most Likely Extinct

Two butterflies native to South Florida are most likely extinct, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Python Challenge 2013 Results Offer Help For Florida Parks – And Bad News For Pythons

The results of Python Challenge 2013, a multi-agency effort that offered cash prizes to promote the removal of non-native Burmese pythons from the greater Everglades area in southern Florida, are now in the books. Although the end result was bad news for exotic pythons, winners included the successful hunters, scientists and parks—and three lucky snakes.

Big Cypress National Preserve Facing Lawsuit Over Off-Road Vehicle Networks

National Park Service officials are facing a lawsuit over off-road vehicle access in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, where opponents say preserve officials are over-reaching with trail networks.
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Everglades National Park's Wading Birds Nesting Success Falls Far Off Average

South Florida, including Everglades National Park, has seen a precipitous decline in nesting success among wading birds, according to a report by the South Florida Water Management District.

Florida National Scenic Trail To Turn 30 In 2013

The Florida National Scenic Trail will mark its 30th anniversary during 2013, and a special event is scheduled for January 4 to dedicate the trail's Southern Terminus with a monument at the Oasis Visitor Center in Big Cypress National Preserve.

When Ordering The "Everglades Pizza," You Might Want To Hold The Python

The "Everglades Pizza" might be the rage in some parts of Florida, but before you sink your teeth into the pie with frog legs, gator meat, and ground python, check where the python came from, because the big snakes slithering through Everglades National Park are incredibly high in mercury.

South Florida Snake Hunt Aims To Dent Population Of Pythons Slithering About The Everglades

A python hunt, with cash rewards, will be held in south Florida beginning in January and running into February with hopes of denting the population of non-native pythons slithering around the Everglades, though the national park will be off-limits to most hunters.

National Park Service Urged To Follow The "Precautionary Principle" In Overseeing Cultural, Ecological Systems In The Parks

Can the National Park Service more fully embrace the "precautionary principle," the concept that it err on the side of "science-informed prudence and restraint," as suggested by Revisiting Leopold: Resource Stewardship in the National Parks?

How Have National Parks And Public Lands Fared Under The Obama Administration?

With the Obama administration nearing the end of its first term, it has a track record for its stance on public lands in general and national parks specifically, and it's not as rosy as many conservationists had hoped for when the president came into office.

Wolf Trap Foundation For The Performing Arts To Present Face Of America: Spirit Of South Florida

Inspired by graceful herons, crawling insects, and even alligators, the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts is focusing on south Florida's national parks in its latest edition of Face of America.

Scientific Panel Calls On NPS To Recommit To, And Reemphasize, Science In The Parks

A year-long review of how wildlife management and other sciences are studied in the National Park System has produced a call for the National Park Service to both recommit its staff to the sciences and to reemphasize science in the park system.

Federal Court Tosses Out ORV Plan For Bear Island Unit Of Big Cypress National Preserve, Says Park Service Acted Without Reason

A federal judge has ruled that the National Park Service acted without sound reasoning in 2007 when it reopened more than 22 miles of off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida and ordered that the routes be closed before month's end.
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Birding In The National Parks: Top 10 Birding Spots In The National Park System

Spring migration is winding down across much of North America, and it’s time for birders to relax and reflect. I’ve been contemplating happy thoughts such as where I would go if given an all-expenses paid birding trip to any U.S. National Park in the next 12 months. No one has offered this to me yet, but I made up a list in my head.
One Night in the Everglades (Long Term Ecological Research) Much time is spent wondering how to connect today's youth with national parks, how to instill a life-lasting bond between these wondrous places and younger generations, to give them places to enjoy and appreciate, and to nurture tomorrow's stewards. Laurel Larsen, with the help of Joyce Mihran Turley, make strides in that direction with One Night in the Everglades.

Big Cypress National Preserve Extends Deadline For Your Comments On Hunting Plan

The public has two more weeks to comment on a management plan guiding hunting in Big Cypress National Preserve, a rugged 729,000-acre swath of south Florida that is home to perhaps the most endangered mammal in North America.

Pythons Roaming Everglades National Park Develop Taste For Birds And Their Eggs

You can add birds, and their eggs, to the prey that are falling victim to non-native Burmese pythons snaking through Everglades National Park, according to a study by Smithsonian Institution and National Park Service staff.
Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion In Snake in the Grass: An Everglades Invasion, Larry Perez takes us into the green leafy realm of Everglades National Park not in pursuit of the python, but rather in its wake. And it is a wide wake at that.

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Finalizes Ban on Transportation of Non-native Constrictor Snakes That Threaten Everglades

Though it might be too late for Everglades National Park, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four non-native constrictor snakes.

Everglades Coalition's Priorities For 2012 Include Better Water Conservation, Land Acquisition

During its 27th Annual Conference the Everglades Coalition announced its priorities for 2012, priorities that range from better water conservation in the landscape that surrounds Everglades National Park to prioritization of land acquisition.

Birding in the National Parks

This past year we started a bimonthly column on birding in the national parks, which is a great way to enjoy the parks while learning more about the hundreds of species that flit about the National Park System. Here's a look back at those columns.

Holiday Video Greetings from Your National Parks

The National Park Service is using modern technology to share holiday greetings from parks across the country. Short videos filmed in 15 parks are airing on the National Park Service's YouTube channel through the end of the month.

Orphaned Florida Panther Released into the Wild at Big Cypress National Preserve

The tale of a young Florida panther known as K304 reached an important milestone last week when the cat was released into the wild at Big Cypress National Preserve. Just over a year ago, the animal was found orphaned in the park after the death of its mother.

More Groups Sue National Park Service Over Big Cypress National Preserve Management Plan

Another lawsuit has been filed against the National Park Service over its management plans for a section of Big Cypress National Preserve. The groups contend that the plan would allow too much off-road vehicle use in the area of the preserve known as the "Addition" Lands."
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