Roseate Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbill in Florida Bay

Roseate Spoonbills (Ajaia ajaja) are one of the most beloved birds in Florida, and are an iconic symbol of Florida Bay! Birders and researchers from around the world visit Florida for the chance to see Roseate Spoonbills. Overview Roseate Spoonbills are members of the Ibis family. They hunt, forage and socialize together and often live … Read more

Mangroves in Florida

Mangroves in the Florida Keys are great places to kayak, especially through mangrove tunnels.

Mangroves are an essential part of Florida’s natural environment. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida has an estimated 469,000 acres of mangrove forests throughout the state. This is a very good thing because mangroves are essential to Florida’s environmental health, and to the survival of the state. Where are mangroves located in … Read more

The Best Places to See Alligators in Florida

Seeing an alligator in Florida

Alligators in Florida represent the best of our beautiful natural environment. Alligators are essential to Florida’s ecosystem. They are apex predators and are usually at the top of their food chains and food webs. Alligators shape their environments both literally and metaphorically. Alligators are also important parts of Florida’s ecotourism economy. Visitors from around the … Read more

Why do the Florida Keys Smell Like Sulfur?

Sargassum on a beach in the Florida Keys

Some visitors on Florida beaches notice a bad smell, especially in the Florida Keys. It smells like sulfur, sewage, rotten eggs or natural gas. The smell can be overwhelming. The worst time tends to be in hot weather during hot summer months. Visitors often worry that there is sewer leak, or some other contaminate in … Read more

Everglades

Kayaking in the Florida Everglades mangrove tunnel tour

What are the Florida Everglades? The Everglades is a large region of subtropical wetland in Florida. The Everglades form an incredibly complex and fragile ecosystem. The Everglades ecosystem is very large, and covers more than two million acres. The Everglades begin in central Florida and descend to the southernmost parts of the Florida Peninsula. Millions … Read more

Sea Urchins

A man holds a sea urchin, taken from the sea.

Sea urchins are echinoderms, and are part of the class Echinoidea. Habitat and Behavior Sea urchins are very versatile, and can be found in all of the world’s oceans. Sea urchins typically live on the seafloor and can be found in shallow coral reefs, tide pools, seagrass beds and kelp forests. Sea urchins can live … Read more