15th Annual Everglades Day Festival

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The 15th Annual Everglades Day Festival was held on Saturday, February 8, 2014 in the headquarters area of the A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR at Boynton Beach, FL.

Themed "Everglades Then and Now" the free annual one day family festival drew around 3,000 to 3,200 visitors. The Everglades Day Festival is sponsored by the Audubon Society of the Everglades, Friends of the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Loxahatchee Everglades Tours.

This year, Dr. Leonard Scinto, Interim Director of the Southeast Environmental Research Center, and Assistant Professor of the Department of Earth and Environment, two graduate students, Brad Schonhoff and Andres Rodriguez, and a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Alexandra Serna, led the Walking LILA tour: Everglades Restoration Research Projects.

LILA was built in 2003 as a partnership between the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. FIU, the SFWMD and LILA personnel are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the equipment and supports not only FIU research but also the research from other programs, institutions, and universities.