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Everglades Ark is a survey and catalogue of the animals and plants of southwest Florida. Like Noah’s Ark, this is a collection made for repurposing and distribution. Hence, it is both Science and Art. South West Florida (SWFL) is full of native, exotic and invasive species. At this time, we focus on the four acres of the Wonder Gardens located in Bonita Springs, Florida. It is filled with beautiful exotic plants and animals. Please go to their website and visit the garden.

This site may also include comments on other parks, gardens and sanctuaries in SWFL such as the Edison Ford Winter Estates, the Naples Zoo, the Naples Botanical GardenCorkscrew Swamp SanctuaryCREW land and water trust , Shark Valley and Shangri La Springs.

This survey and catelog is an itemization of observations, GPS locations, photos, audio and video files, a recording and identification of plants and animals in their local environment. It is used in part to populate a database of the collection for survey, inventory management, education, understanding of environmental impact and cohabitation influences of species, as well as circadian and seasonal influences. It is supplemented by Field Notes and a library of high resolution photographs, video and audio clips which record the behavior of animals and plants.

The Data are publicly free to view and to download from the website of Epicollect5. For a description of the data, please see our Data blog page on this site. Those individuals who are interested in participating as “citizen scientists” are encouraged to join by contacting the Wonder Gardens or John@evergladesark.com.

Field Notes include methods, findings and conclusions that are integrated with, and supported by, the project of data collection. Information posted through this blog relates the remarkable scope of the project, the findings, a statistical analysis and the discovery and significance of the findings as a contribution to the understanding of life.

The Art of amazing high-resolution photography is a by-product of the data collection. The Wonder Gardens may occasionally have items in their gift shop carrying some of these images. Such images are given freely to the not-for-profit association as a gift to aid in their fund raising. All of the images on our pages are identified by number and have a corresponding icon on the Gallery page. All images on this site are original and are available for sale through this website. The monies raised here are used to continue the work of Everglades Ark project. For a list of the images, go to our blog Gallery page.

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