Your moment of Everglades zen: Rev. Houston Cypress and “What Endures”

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen. https://youtu.be/Adgge_pFuuo “Speaking to the world, and listening deeply for her reply.” We were so moved by this short video written and produced by Reverend Houston R. Cypress. In it he expresses a generational relationship to the greater Everglades that is so clearly palpable, the viewer is transported to a place of deep connection — by the views, the sounds, and smells — fostered and shared with us by the enduring culture of the Miccosukee Tribe. “We all grow so elegantly when spoken to so gently,” Rev. Cypress says, reminding us of the fragile yet [...]

2021-10-04T17:04:51-04:00October 5th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: The Night Sky in the Everglades

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It's good to stop and remember what we're working so hard to protect. Here's your dose of Everglades zen. https://youtu.be/1zeof1-Fe3I The Night Sky in the Everglades Watch the video above and then see if you can come up with a single good reason that a place capable of this level of majesty isn't worth saving. Photographer Anthony Sleiman shared this compilation of time-lapse images of the night sky above different trails in Everglades National Park with us, and the end result is nothing short of breathtaking. When we asked him what motivated his work, he had this to say: "To me, the Everglades is a place full of magic, a place where time [...]

2021-09-23T13:47:33-04:00September 7th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: Successful restoration looks like this

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen. Take a look at the 11-second video above. Posted to Twitter by Shannon Estenoz, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Park, it offers a glimpse of the completed restoration of the Kissimmee River from a channelized canal back to historic, winding oxbows. Twenty-two years after construction began, the project represents progress our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, would be proud of. She spoke vehemently about the disastrous impacts that removing the serpentine curves of the Everglades’ headwaters would have on the entire flowing ecosystem from the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes to [...]

2021-08-03T15:44:10-04:00August 3rd, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Restoration, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: Wild, wonderful Everglades

Wild, Wonderful Everglades A Friend of the Everglades, Josh Staab, recently gifted us a glimpse of the unspoiled beauty and adventure that is the River of Grass. The short video shows us moments that not even all Floridians are lucky enough to have seen, featuring miles of uninterrupted watery views and animal encounters unique to this part of the world. The video perfectly capture the solitude and beauty of an ecosystem that, despite all odds, remains wild and untamed, all backed by an expansive and ever-changing Everglades sky. These are views worth fighting for. Take a minute to watch the video at the bottom of this page — you'll be glad that you did. In Josh's own words: "In this [...]

2021-07-06T10:24:15-04:00July 6th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades zen: United for an equitable Lake Okeechobee management plan

"A fist bump from the west coast to the east coast" When Friends of the Everglades was founded in 1969 by Marjory Stoneman Douglas, it was with the recognition that the River of Grass was not an east vs. west ecosystem, but rather an entire, interconnected ecosystem. And what’s good for the east and west coast is also good for the southern end of the Everglades. That means sending more clean water south, thereby eliminating the threat of toxic discharges to the northern estuaries and replenishing the parched Everglades with lifegiving, fresh water. The regional environments that make up the Greater Everglades ecosystem are varied and unique in makeup. Like pieces of a puzzle, each of them combines to create [...]

2021-06-02T12:00:04-04:00June 2nd, 2021|Everglades Zen, LOSOM|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: Florida’s favorite Big Cat

A rare glimpse of Wild Florida Primal. Graceful. Elusive. Threatened. This video, sent to us by a Friend of the Everglades, captures footage that not even lifelong Floridians are all lucky enough to see. Florida’s most iconic animal is also one of the most endangered mammals in the country. The state’s booming population and tendency toward fast and furious development are creating major issues for the species, as habitat encroachment and disturbed territorial roaming patterns cut into the expansive acreage necessary for their survival. Studies estimate that there are only 120-230 adult panthers left in the state. Making this video all the more special. Friends of the Everglades has stood with the No Roads to Ruin Coalition to take a [...]

2021-05-04T12:07:27-04:00May 4th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades zen: A world hidden from view

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen. To the end of the world, and back again When environmental icon Maggy Hurchalla calls extending an invitation to launch kayaks from her backyard for an after-hours adventure to the "End of the World," we make a habit of trying to drop whatever it is we're doing to take her up on it. Last week was one of those opportunities. What follows is usually a mixture of spectacular sights normally hidden from view, valuable history lessons, story-telling that leaves you belly-laughing, and arms so sore that you wonder if you'll actually make it home. There are always moments of [...]

2021-04-09T09:57:18-04:00April 6th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: Everglades Photographer Spotlight

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It’s good to stop and remember what we’re working so hard to protect. Here’s your dose of Everglades zen. Meet Robert Krayer Robert Krayer, better known as @natural_wanders, is a self-described amateur photographer based out of Tampa, Florida, chronicling all the places that he visits on his days off. His shots, often starring the Everglades, capture stunning moments that never fail to awe and inspire us. He took the shot above in early December, 2020, at Long Pine Key in Everglades National Park. As a Florida native, Robert describes the Everglades region as one of the few places in the state where the stars and Milky Way are truly on display. "I really enjoy astrophotography and [...]

2021-03-02T17:31:56-05:00March 2nd, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

VIDEO RECORDING: Virtual Meet & Greet with Clyde Butcher

There's truly nothing like seeing the Everglades through the eyes of renowned photographer, Clyde Butcher. Thanks to all of you who joined us for an inspiring and lively virtual discussion today. If you missed it, you can catch a replay of yesterday's conversation below. Reminder that Butcher’s "America's Everglades" exhibit is on display now through March 13 at the Arts Council’s Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. We’re offering after-hours access to the exhibit to our Marjory’s Circle members. Email info@everglades.org to book a private visit to see the exhibit or to find out more about Marjory's Circle.

2021-02-12T13:30:11-05:00February 12th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

Your moment of Everglades Zen: The other pink Florida bird

We know the bad-news reel gets old. It's good to stop and remember what we're working so hard to protect. Here's your dose of Everglades zen. Coming in Hot November to March, keep your eyes peeled for the pink and gold that signals peak breeding season in the Everglades for this particularly eye-catching species. On a background more well-known for its greens, browns, and blues, the bizarre pop of pink that is the Rooseate Spoonbill may seem out of place, but these wading birds are just as much at home here as the others. Scientists look to the number of wading birds as an indicator of the overall health of the ecosystem. High water levels in the 2019-2020 nesting season were bad news for the Rosies in Florida Bay [...]

2021-02-09T11:45:04-05:00February 9th, 2021|All Posts, Everglades Zen|

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