Birdwatching in Paradise

March is prime birdwatching time in the Everglades area. The beautiful ruby throated hummingbird is the smallest migratory visitor.

Everglades Area Visitor Center Reopens

The Everglades Area Visitor Center has reopened. The new hours of operation are Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s from 10:00 am to 2 pm.

The visitor center is located at 207 West Broadway, Everglades City, FL 34139.

Mandatory Mask Order in Everglades Area

To contain the spread of Covid-19, and to keep our residents and visitors healthy so they can enjoy the beautiful Everglades area, there is a mandatory mask order in place in Everglades City and unincorporated Collier County which includes Chokoloskee, Plantation, Jerome, Copeland, and Ochopee.

Masks are required for all indoor venues and when one cannot be at a safe, socially distanced position (at least 6 feet) outdoors. Please show respect for our community by cooperating with this mandate by wearing the coolest mask you can find! Better yet, enjoy the Everglades where being outdoors, and socially distanced is a way of life.

Everglades Nature

The red-shouldered hawk is a common sight in the Everglades area. During the spring and summer months you can often find them by observing the behavior of other birds. When predators are present, mockingbirds, cardinals and starlings will often harass any hawks that enter their territory.

Unfortunately, some just may become the hawks dinner…like the starling that is this hawk’s dinner.


We are all in this together. As we practice social distancing and find new ways to entertain ourselves while at home, know that the beautiful Everglades and expanse of the 10,000 Islands will be here when it is safe to travel again.

The parks may be closed, but they are still just as vibrant. Attractions may be paused, but they will be ready for you when we receive the “all clear”. We are all in this together. Stay safe, wash those hands, and we will see you in the near future!

Everglades Area Visitor Center’s Grand Opening Was…Grand!

On Saturday, February 1st, the new Everglades Area Visitor Center opened…and it was a wonderful affair! Even the overcast skies and drizzle of rain couldn’t keep people away.

Congressman Mario Diaz Balart, Parks Superintendent Pedro Ramos, and Mayor Howie Grimm were just a few of the people who came out to see the long-awaited center open.

Stop in any time to see us! We have maps, area information and much more to share with our visitors! We are located at 207 W. Broadway in Everglades City. We are open from 9 am to 4 pm daily.

The American White Pelican!

Have you seen the huge flocks of American White Pelicans flying over Everglades City and Chokoloskee? They are huge, majestic birds weighing up to 20 pounds with a 10 foot wingspan! You can see them on the outer islands just enjoying life!

Taking a trip to see them is well worth it!

Beautiful Everglades Birds

The Everglades are beautiful throughout the year, but once fall comes, the native birds leave the rookeries and start frequenting their regular stops in Everglades City, Chokoloskee, and the surrounding areas. Migratory birds have started arriving too. We have spotted an eastern phoebe, painted bunting, rose-breasted grosbeak, numerous warblers, and several American kestrels. Every day more and more migratory birds are showing up.

Fall is a perfect time to get some stone crabs, a side of mustard sauce, grab your binoculars and check out the sights.