Everglades National Park, as well as the other wetland preserves, has numermous boardwalks and hiking trails that are safe for wildlife viewing. Yes, there are plenty of alligators and snakes in the glades, and mosquitos, but if you follow visitors' guidelines and reasonable precautions, you will be safe. I can only encourage you to go out and experience Florida nature for yourself.
The Everglades National Park is the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America, providing important foraging and breeding habitat for more than 400 species. Phosphorus in agricultural and stormwater runoff continues to degrade the water quality, resulting in loss of open water areas where wading birds feed, as well as loss of oxygen for fish, the food basis for many birds. In addition to this, pythons, after destroying the mammal populations (over 90% of the small to mid-size mammals have been devoured already), have turned to attacking birds to feed their 16-foot-long hunger. The snakes are not only eating the area's birds, but also the birds' eggs straight from the nest. We are looking at a catastrophic loss of possibly the whole bird population.