February 1, 2018
A Protected Treasure
- as seen by -Eric Januszkiewicz
National parks are vitally important regions that are home to entire ecosystems protected by the law. Not only are they necessary to preserve wildlife habitat, they are also great places to observe the wildlife from that area.
On a recent trip to Everglades National Park, I really appreciated these protected lands. During a short hike in the rain, I saw many animals. One particular creature that I enjoyed watching was a Florida cooter (Pseudemys floridana). The turtle was munching away on the flower of a water lily – seemingly unworried about an alligator lurking in the distance.
It was great to see such a large protected area where the wildlife could thrive and where I could be a bystander observing nature at its finest.
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