Swamps, Marshes and Estuaries

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Wetlands are defined as areas that are submerged in water for all or part of the year. Florida is a long flat peninsula with it’s higest elevation being around 300 ft. The land slopes downward and elevation decreases as you travel south toward the Everglades and Florida Bay near the Key’s. The southern half of Florida with the lowest elevation contains most of the swamps, marshes and estuaries. The two biggest areas in Florida that contain marshes and swamps are the Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve. You can learn more about wetlands and the history of Florida on these websites. I have photographed and described a lot of the animal life that exists in Floridas wetlands on this website and I am adding to it all the time.

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