ecology

St. Johns Marsh

Birthplace of the St. Johns River, an expansive sawgrass marsh just west of Fellsmere, FL, just north of the Everglades, receives average 5ft of rainfall a year. This is where a barely noticeable northward sheetflow of water, begins the St. Johns River. This marsh is currently home to one whooping crane, the largest (5ft tall with an 8ft wingspan) and most endangered birds in the U.S. Whooping cranes were extinct from Florida by 1940, but have been re-released into central FL since 1993. One released bird migrated to the St Johns, brought back a mate later, and is trying to rear young. Biologists are hopeful; Whooping cranes are very particular about habitat, requiring vast open wetlands with less than 18 inches of water. The St Johns Marsh is perfect.

St. Johns Marsh