This time of year always leaves us grateful for a network of people who support and sustain our mission. As 2021 comes to an end, we want to give back — so we’re closing this year out with a special gift for you.

If you’ve ever wanted to dig deep into the inner workings of the greater Everglades ecosystem and the many trials that come with preserving it for generations to come, look no further. With the permission of celebrated author Thomas E. Lodge, we’ve dedicated a section of our website to excerpts from his latest book, The Everglades Handbook: Understanding the Ecosystem.

This scholarly reference is packed with scientific information about the vast and interconnected Everglades ecosystem and tracks the drastic history of changes it has endured as man attempted to tame it.

You’ll find information about geology, climate and weather that shapes the landscapes we’ve come to love. You’ll discover specifics about countless plants and animals that have adapted to environmental factors unique to the region in order to call these places home. And you’ll map the history of man-made changes, nutrient pollution, altered water flow, and development that has inspired the largest environmental restoration project in history to restore a place unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Our greatest hope is that these pages will serve as a resource for anyone who comes looking for a deeper understanding of this truly unique ecosystem and for those who wish to understand more about the challenges we face in our efforts to save it.

Friends of the Everglades extends enormous thanks to Tom Lodge for his generous approval of reposted details of his book. We are thrilled to be able to share the finished product with you today.

If this holiday season has you looking for your own way to give back, we invite you to make a donation today in support of the Everglades.