"A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."

―Charles Darwin

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In 1975 I was 19 years old. It was then I arrived here in the Florida Keys from my birthplace in Maryland. As a 19 year old and fresh from the Chesapeake Bay area I was, for the most part, clueless about Everglades National Park. It did not take long for me to put the pieces together. I quickly learned that aside from all its important impacts on conservation and the economy, the Everglades is one of the most spectacular parks in the nation. And, it is immediately in my backyard.

The Everglades ecosystem is uniquely diverse. Just the area encompassing the northwest portion of Florida Bay is enough to provide the dedicated enthusiast a lifetime of quality observation. Everything about the area is fluid. Nothing is static.

The Sun and Moon affect the ever-changing tides and the seasons. The seasons affect the migrations and reproduction cycles of a multitude of species of birds and other wildlife. And all we have to do to experience all of this is to simply go outside and look up in the sky, or down in the water to find ourselves immersed in this insane web of life.

My mission with Florida Keys Wildlife Excursions is to provide a service which gives wildlife enthusiasts the unique opportunity to access remote areas in Everglades National Park for the purpose of viewing and photographing wildlife in their natural setting. Check out my photo gallery for a glimpse of a few of the species you may encounter.

I look forward to having you aboard.

-Captain John Kipp