National Geographic : 1961 Jan
KODACHROMEBY MELVILLE BELL GROSVENOR( NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY Only wild flamingos in the United States, this flock of six forages the shal lows of Florida Bay. They presumably are strays from the tame flock kept at Hialeah Park, Miami. Flamingos once visited Florida regularly from the West Indies but did not nest on this continent. Lone brown pelican flies escort at rear. At the entrance a new headquarters build ing and visitor center were being built, part of the National Park Service's exten sive "Mission 66" program. Begun four years ago, the project is named for 1966, when the service will celebrate its 50th anniversary.* Everglades National Park is a biological showcase, a land where the temperate zone meets the subtropics, blending the wild life and vegetation of both. It safeguards remnants of the huge flocks of resplendent birds which impressed Audubon in 1832, but which met death by the tens of thou sands at the hands of plume hunters half a century ago. Two miles beyond the entrance, I turned off to the Royal Palm Visitor Center. Alligators basked in the early Jan *The Park Service's improvement program is de scribed by its Director, Conrad L. Wirth, in "Heritage of Beauty and History: the National Parks," NATION AL GEOGRAPHIC, May, 1958.