Along Florida's south coast and halfway up the peninsula, mangrove swamps hug the shoreline. These dense forests grow at the high tide line and help stabilize the shoreline, filter pollution, and provide nesting and nursery areas for many aquatic organisms. They are particularly threatened by shoreline development and pollution. This ecosystem now has legal protection. Trails in Everglades National Park, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Collier Seminole State Park and Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge are just a few places to view this fascinating natural community.
For the contest...
Each year the contest takes on two ecosystems on a four-year rotation. At this station, when Mangrove Forests is one of the featured ecosystems, contestants will
- ID 4 tree or shrub species that are commonly found in each ecosystem. The four tree and shrub species contestants should know from Mangrove Forests are:
- Answer multiple-choice questions about each ecosystem. To prepare, Juniors should read the Forest Story about adventures in each of their designated ecosystems. Intermediates should read the informative text about their designated ecosystems.
- UF/IFAS EDIS Fact Sheet: Mangroves (also available as a PDF)
- UF/IFAS EDIS Fact Sheet: Avicennia germinans, Black Mangrove (also available as a PDF)
- UF/IFAS EDIS Fact Sheet: Laguncularia racemosa, White Mangrove (also available as a PDF)
- UF/IFAS EDIS Fact Sheet: Rhizophora mangle, Red Mangrove (also available as a PDF)