Food Web Diagram
November 16, 2012
As Walt Whitman once said, “I bequeath myself to the dirt, to grow from the grass I love; If
you want me again, look for me under your boot-soles”. He was referring to the importance of
ecosystems and how they control and predict all living organisms on planet earth. One such
ecosystem is the Florida Everglades, which covers most of central and southern Florida. The Florida
Everglades is host to a diverse ecosystem of tropical and subtropical plants, reptiles, mammals, and
aquatic species as well(Everglades, 2012).
The various species that live within this ecosystem depend on each other for survival and
compromise the balance of the Everglades(The Concept of the Ecosystem, 2008). The Everglades
have a semitropical climate with mostly dry winters, moist and humid summers, and are vulnerable
to hurricanes during the early fall months(Everglades, 2012).
There is a wide variety of plants in this two million acre wetland, which includes saw grass,
cypress, bladder wort, and mangrove. Some other plants and tress serve as the primary energy source
for some consumers and provide them with a suitable shelter(The Concept of the Ecosystem, 2008).
Numerous species of mammals also make their home within the Everglades, including those
that are native, threatened, and almost endangered. Over 300 different bird species dwell within the
Everglades, such as the Blue Heron, and the Wood Stork(Different Types of Ecosystems, 2012).
Land mammals that roam the Everglades include such beasts as the panther, crocodile, and the
Burmese python. The Florida panther is considered to be the most endangered animal within the
Everglades with only about 75 still remaining today(Everglades, 2012).
The Florida Everglades is composed of three different organisms, a producer, a consumer, and