10000 Birds – A Single Purple Gallinule

All birders love the Everglades. There are so few places on Earth where one can see thousands and thousands and thousands of wading birds on a single visit, their white and blue and pink bodies contrasting with the golden swishing of marsh grasses or the deep green of cypress swamps. Whenever I enter the boundaries…

LTER Road Trip: Algae in the Everglades

Viviana Mazzei studies organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye. When I toured the Florida Coastal Everglades LTER research sites in Everglades National Park, my eyes were drawn to the mangrove trees, the dolphins, the birds. But when Mazzei, a Ph.D. student at Florida International University, wades through these ecosystems, she is on…

One World, Two Feet – Anhingas in the Everglades

On the way to the Keys in 2014, my friends and I spent a morning on the Anhinga Trail on the Florida Everglades. Though we saw many species of birds – in addition to dozens of alligators – the Anhingas stand out most in my mind. Their ebony forms shimmered in the early light, and…