National Geographic : 1961 Jan
and occasionally in other parts of the country. But one of the few remaining places where they nest in numbers, undisturbed by man, is that wonderful reservoir of wildlife in Florida- Everglades National Park. Thus it came about that I headed south when the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC entrusted me with the task of photographing the bald eagle for its series of articles on vanishing or threatened American birds.* The gateway to the park lies only about an hour's drive from Miami (map, page 123). *See "Whooping Cranes Fight for Survival," by Robert P. Allen, November, 1959; and "Return of the Trumpeter Swan," by Frederick K. Truslow, July, 1960. Visitor Center at Flamingo, Everglades National Park, encourages nature lovers to explore shell-strewn beaches, labyrinthine mangrove channels, and keys inhabited by flocks of birds. Much of the modern center stands on 10-foot piers as protection against high tides and hurricane-blown waves from Florida Bay. Notwithstanding, Hurricane Donna in September, 1960, caused extensive damage as 150-mile-an-hour winds tore off part of the roof and water swept into motel 124 units near by.