The University of Miami's law library contains more than one million pages and another million microfilm-reel frames documenting federal and state actions regarding the Everglades. That's not really much when you consider that the beleaguered swamp, already half drained, provides all the drinking water for about six million South Floridians. Since the Thirties, 94 percent of the wading bird population there has been eliminated. You really should see the place while there's something left to see. An excellent way to do so comes courtesy of a 38-year-old group responsible for some of the aforementioned litigation: Friends of the Everglades, founded by the immortal Marjory Stoneman Douglas. The group's first walk/bike-a-thon, Experience the Everglades, begins at 8:30 a.m. You can bike ten miles or stroll along the one-mile Anhinga Trail, as long as you register by Thursday February 22. Meet at the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center at the national parks main entrance way down south. Take 344th Street, then follow the signs.
Sun., Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m.