Recently, one of the everglades most endangered bird species has been making a comeback. But even though this may seem like good news, scientists are a little nervous about the resurgence of the Everglades Snail Kite.
Scientists look at this population as a KEY indicator of the water levels in the Everglades. Too much or too little and the bird disappears. In the last dozen years, only about one hundred birds remained. There were ZERO in Lake Okeechobee. But in the last three years, the population is exploding.
I travelled to the northern edge of Lake Okeechobee and to the waters off the Tamiami Trail and had a chance to see for myself.
This is a short 1:30 radio story. I'll be doing a print piece later.