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Impact of Everglades Restoration Projects on Waterfowl
At one time, Florida was a top destination for duck hunters. These days? Hunters still kill plenty of ducks, but the birds don’t show up like they used to in places that held gobs of waterfowl in the past.  Long-term weather trends are likely playing a role, but he reason fewer ducks use the Everglades is simple. There is far less habitat now than there was 20, 30 or 40 years ago.

Known as the River of Grass, the Everglades once covered about 4,000 square miles, stretching from near Orlando to Florida Bay at the southern tip of the state. The topography slopes southward at about two inches per mile, creating a slow, steady flow. Rain that falls around Orlando can take a year or more to reach Florida Bay.

Thanks to a massive network of canal, levee and flood gate projects that started in the 1940s, much of the historic Everglades are dry—farmland and housing developments taking its place. Canals divert water straight to the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean and the levees interrupt the natural flow southward.

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