Biscayne National Park

Biscayne National Park, located just a few miles from the city of Miami in south Florida's Miami-Dade County, is home to the longest stretch of mangrove forest remaining on Florida's east coast, at least 16 threatened or endangered wildlife species, and part of the only living tropical coral reef system in the continental United States.

The park is located along the southeastern margin of the Florida peninsula and encompasses much of Biscayne Bay, making it one of the largest marine parks in the National Park System. Biscayne National Park protects part of the third-largest coral reef system in the world and the longest stretch of mangrove forest remaining on Florida's east coast, providing habitat and nursery grounds for most of the region's important commercial and recreational fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Many visitors travel to Biscayne to dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak, windsurf, or fish, further underscoring the importance of conserving the park's resources. The park also harbors many endangered species, including the West Indian manatee, American crocodile, and Schaus swallowtail butterfly.

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Threats

Biscayne National Park, which encompasses two-thirds of Biscayne Bay, faces issues that arise because of its proximity to the burgeoning population of Miami-Dade County. Boats running aground on coral reefs or in seagrass beds can severely damage these ecosystems. Protected manatees and sea turtles, which are often near the surface, are also at risk of being hit by boats. Boaters need to be educated to be aware of their surroundings at all times and use extreme caution in shallow areas to avoid damaging underwater resources and wildlife.

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Logster33

April 23, 2014

I am doing a report on this fantastic animal palace!!!!

prettyboii

April 22, 2014

i love this park its so pretty

ramon reyes

March 11, 2014

savannah is beautiful!!!<3

cee cee

February 3, 2014

This park is lovely and a great park to do a report on

Kaykay kayak

January 6, 2013

Sounds like a great place to snorkel and kayak! I hope we can save this place!

lyricpaigeypooh

November 29, 2012

omg this is PRETTY!!!!!!!!

big flirt

November 26, 2012

I love it!! I would love to go there. The scene is so pretty and calm looking. lol :)

Kee Kee

October 30, 2012

I like it. I am doing a report on it

kate

September 7, 2012

sweet and very pretty park. im also doing this park!!!!!!!!!!! i really like this park

girly girl

June 4, 2012

i am studying on this national park and it is pretty and my animal in this national park is a cotton mouse.....this is a fun project but its tough!!

HMS Girl

March 28, 2012

Im writing a report on this park and others this one is very pretty and interesing!!!:D

J.C.penny

March 6, 2012

i am writing a report about this national park. I think it is a wounderful, fantastic,and really good national park!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

izzy

January 22, 2012

pretty!

Tripplex

November 10, 2011

i really like going to biscayne it is soo pretty! ill go there again for sure!

Mayberry

November 10, 2011

This place is beautiful, and you can see lots of different fish in the seagrass off-shore.

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