Magnet of Mangrove & Sunset Photo, Everglades National Park
Everglades National Park has the largest stand of protected mangrove forests in the hemisphere. Mangroves are essential to life in the Everglades. They stabilize the coastline and reduce erosion from storm surges, waves, and tides. They provide a safe habitat for birds, reptiles, fish, and other animals seeking shelter from Everglades predators.
During the dry season, you can expect to see wading birds within the mangroves of the Everglades, using them as a home to feed and nest. During the wet season, mangroves serve as a defense against the strong winds of hurricanes traveling across South Florida.