A wise man named Gaius Plinius Secundus once said, “Home is where the heart is.” Well, South Florida is my home, and my heart lies in its rich, vast wilderness. I am a nature enthusiast with a background in computational biology. My passion for science and nature is self-evident; indeed, it is a passion for such things that inspired me to write this book. Spending countless hours exploring uninhabited areas of South Florida has made me develop a special admiration for its unique ecological diversity. When one grows up in a major metropolitan like Miami, one often seems to forget about this region’s natural wonders, especially the one sitting next door—the Florida Everglades.
This book contains general information on topics related to South Florida history and ecology, but it is also a visual journey through Florida’s Everglades—what I’ve seen, experienced, and encountered in the wilderness. Curiosity has driven me deep into the marshlands, forests, and swamps of sunny South Florida; this book chronicles those experiences. A sense of adventure compelled me to take on the task of exploring and documenting its habitats in search of something new. What I found was an experience like no other.
Apart from sharing those experiences, this book is meant to broaden Everglades awareness. Because of recent environmental challenges, I have taken it upon myself to educate the public about preservation and conservation efforts to restore Florida’s Everglades. My hope is that this book will serve as a launching board of interest in matters of ecosystem preservation and that it will inspire individuals to get involved. I believe we all can and should do our part.