National Park Service

South Florida/Caribbean I&M Network (SFCN)

Terrestrial/Freshwater Vegetation & Wildlife Monitoring

Queen butterfly at Big Cypress National Preserve
Queen butterfly at Big Cypress National Preserve.

From the slow "river of grass" in the Everglades to the largest mangrove forests in the United States, from the large cypress swamp of Big Cypress to the dry tropical forests of the Virgin Islands, the parks of the South Florida / Caribbean Network (SFCN) contain unique ecosystems that support diverse assemblages of wildlife and countless endemic species. A large amount of existing monitoring is underway by parks and partners. SFCN is working to fill in some of the gaps in monitoring by developing a Colonial Nesting Birds protocol for Biscayne National Park, a Freshwater Fish and Large Macroinvertebrates protocol and an Aquatic Invertebrates protocol for Big Cypress National Preserve, and a vegetation monitoring protocol covering Mangrove Marsh Ecotones and Forest Ecotones and Community Structure for all SFCN parks. SFCN will also be developing an Amphibians monitoring protocol in upcoming years. SFCN is linking to existing monitoring program reports and summaries conducted by parks and other partners covering Colonial Nesting Birds, Freshwater Fish and Large Macroinvertebrates, Wetland Ecotones and Community Structure, and Alligators. Monitoring of some other vital signs is deferred due to insufficient funding including Landbirds, Bats in U.S. Virgin Islands, Reptiles in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Florida Box Turtle, and Island Insects. However some endangered species monitoring by parks may eventually be listed under these headings.

Individual vital signs in this category are also listed in the table below.

Vital Signs Monitored by the SFCN and Our Partners

Vital Signs Category Monitored by SFCN
and Partners
Monitored by Partners Only and/or Deferred**
Terrestrial/Freshwater: Vegetation & Wildlife Monitoring

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