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The Everglades is a subtropical wetland system in southern Florida. It is the largest wetland system in the United States, stretching from the Kissimmee River in Orlando to the southern tip of Florida. During the wet season, Lake Okeechobee overflows, releasing water into a very slow moving, shallow river dominated by sawgrass marsh and often called "the river of grass". The water flows southward, passing through a variety of interdependent ecosystems including cypress swamps, wet prairies and estuarine mangroves, until it reaches Everglades National Park itself, covering 1.5 million acres of wetland wilderness. Eventually the water reaches Florida Bay and discharges into the sea.

The low topography means that water flows broadly over Everglades National Park, creating a haven for wildlife. It has the largest concentration of wading birds on the American continent, and is also famous for its alligators. Visitors typically travel by canoe or air boat.

The Everglades landscape is threatened by water diversions and flood control projects as well as agriculture, urban development and invasive species. The size of the Everglades has decreased dramatically since the 1800's but remains a vital ecosystem for wildlife, as well as providing services such as flood defence, drinking water and recreation. It is recognised as an International Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance.

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Great blue heron {Ardea herodias} silhouette at sunrise, Merritt Is, Florida, USA  -  Shattil & Rozinski
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Shattil & Rozinski / Great blue heron {Ardea herodias} silhouette at sunrise, Merritt Is, Florida, USA
Aerial view of Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA.  -  Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Aerial view of Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA.
Everglades NP with waterlilies and swamp Florida, USA  -  Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Everglades NP with waterlilies and swamp Florida, USA
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) with mouth open, split level, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Everglades, USA  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) with mouth open, split level, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Everglades, USA
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) with mouth open, split level, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Everglades, USA  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) with mouth open, split level, Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Everglades, USA
Smalltooth / Wide sawfish {Pristis pectinata} Everglades NP, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, ~(Non-ex).  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Smalltooth / Wide sawfish {Pristis pectinata} Everglades NP, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, ~(Non-ex).
Everglades crayfish (Procambarus alleni) blue color morph, adult on algae, South Florida, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Everglades crayfish (Procambarus alleni) blue color morph, adult on algae, South Florida, USA.
Great blue heron {Ardea herodias} feeding on Spanish mackerel, Florida, USA.  -  Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Great blue heron {Ardea herodias} feeding on Spanish mackerel, Florida, USA.
Osprey flying with fish prey {Pandion haliaetus} Florida, USA  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Osprey flying with fish prey {Pandion haliaetus} Florida, USA
American purple gallinule. Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / American purple gallinule. Everglades NP, Florida, USA
Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus). Everglades NP, Florida, USA
Florida Royal Palm silhouette at twilight (Roystonea elata) Everglades National Park, Florida, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Florida Royal Palm silhouette at twilight (Roystonea elata) Everglades National Park, Florida, USA.
Puma / Florida panther {Felis concolor} in bald cypress habitat, Florida, USA, captive  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Puma / Florida panther {Felis concolor} in bald cypress habitat, Florida, USA, captive
Florida panther portrait {Felix concolor} captive Florida, US  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Florida panther portrait {Felix concolor} captive Florida, US
Florida panther / Puma {Felis concolor} on tree trunk, captive, Florida, USA  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / Florida panther / Puma {Felis concolor} on tree trunk, captive, Florida, USA
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) landing in mangroves, Eco Pond, Everglades National Park,   Florida, USA.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) landing in mangroves, Eco Pond, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA.
Adult roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) flapping wings, Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary, Sunken Island, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Adult roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) flapping wings, Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary, Sunken Island, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA.
Florida Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni) covered with moss in a swamp, Everglades, Florida, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Florida Red-bellied Turtle (Pseudemys nelsoni) covered with moss in a swamp, Everglades, Florida, USA.
Peninsula cooters {Pseudomys floridana peninsularis} Florida Everglades USA  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / Peninsula cooters {Pseudomys floridana peninsularis} Florida Everglades USA
Oyster encrusted mangrove roots, split level(Rhizophoraceae)  Florida Everglades, USA  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Oyster encrusted mangrove roots, split level(Rhizophoraceae) Florida Everglades, USA
American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at surface, Everglades National Park, Florida.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at surface, Everglades National Park, Florida.
American alligator on road with tourists. Everglades, FL, USA {Alligator mississippiensis}  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / American alligator on road with tourists. Everglades, FL, USA {Alligator mississippiensis}
Green heron {Butorides virescens} foraging amongst mangrove roots, Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  Tom Vezo
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Tom Vezo / Green heron {Butorides virescens} foraging amongst mangrove roots, Everglades NP, Florida, USA
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) wading in water with its wings spread, Sanibel, Florida, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) wading in water with its wings spread, Sanibel, Florida, USA.
Aerial view of Everglades City on the edge of the Everglades, Florida, USA.  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Aerial view of Everglades City on the edge of the Everglades, Florida, USA.
Aerial view of Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA.  -  Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Aerial view of Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA.
Aerial view over Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA. April 2004  -  Rob Tilley
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Rob Tilley / Aerial view over Florida Bay, Everglades NP, Florida, USA. April 2004
Mangrove island, Whitewater bay, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Mangrove island, Whitewater bay, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA
Russell Laman paddling a canoe through mangrove channels of the Hell's Bay Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released, April 2008  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Russell Laman paddling a canoe through mangrove channels of the Hell's Bay Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released, April 2008
Russell Laman paddling a canoe through mangrove channels of the Hell's Bay Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released, April 2008  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Russell Laman paddling a canoe through mangrove channels of the Hell's Bay Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released, April 2008
Russell Laman paddling through mangroves on the Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released. April 2008  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Russell Laman paddling through mangroves on the Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released. April 2008
Russell Laman paddling past an American Alligator on a narrow mangrove channel on the Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail. Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released. April 2008  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Russell Laman paddling past an American Alligator on a narrow mangrove channel on the Nine Mile Pond Canoe Trail. Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. Model released. April 2008
Airboat safari tour, Everglades, Florida, USA  -  Barry Bland
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Barry Bland / Airboat safari tour, Everglades, Florida, USA
Great egret courtship display {Ardea alba} Florida, USA Venus rookery  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Great egret courtship display {Ardea alba} Florida, USA Venus rookery
Great Egret (Casmerodias / Ardea alba) courtship display, backlit, Orlando, Florida, USA  -  Marie Read
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Marie Read / Great Egret (Casmerodias / Ardea alba) courtship display, backlit, Orlando, Florida, USA
Great egret (Ardea alba) in flight, Florida, USA.  -  Barry Bland
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Barry Bland / Great egret (Ardea alba) in flight, Florida, USA.
Great egret (Ardea alba) in flight with nest material in beak, Florida, USA, March  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Great egret (Ardea alba) in flight with nest material in beak, Florida, USA, March
Portrait of Great egret (Ardea alba), Florida, USA  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Portrait of Great egret (Ardea alba), Florida, USA
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American darter {Anhinga anhinga} Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  George McCarthy
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George McCarthy / American darter {Anhinga anhinga} Everglades NP, Florida, USA
American darter (Anhinga anhinga) with fish speared on beak, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, Winter  -  George Sanker
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George Sanker / American darter (Anhinga anhinga) with fish speared on beak, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA, Winter
American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) perched in tree, with wings held out drying, Everglades, Florida, USA  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / American Darter (Anhinga anhinga) perched in tree, with wings held out drying, Everglades, Florida, USA
Florida Panther / Puma crossing sign, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. April 2008  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Florida Panther / Puma crossing sign, Everglades National Park, Florida, USA. April 2008
Sign warning potential swimmers of Alligators, Everglades, Florida, USA  -  Barry Bland
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Barry Bland / Sign warning potential swimmers of Alligators, Everglades, Florida, USA
American crocodile with jaws wide open {Crocodylus acutus} Florida, USA  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / American crocodile with jaws wide open {Crocodylus acutus} Florida, USA
American alligator {Alligator mississippiensis} Florida, USA.  -  Lynn M Stone
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Lynn M Stone / American alligator {Alligator mississippiensis} Florida, USA.
American crocodile with mouth open {Crocodylus acutus} Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  Doug Wechsler
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Doug Wechsler / American crocodile with mouth open {Crocodylus acutus} Everglades NP, Florida, USA
Haloween pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) Everglades NP, Florida, USA  -  Steven David Miller
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Steven David Miller / Haloween pennant dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) Everglades NP, Florida, USA
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