The Silence Of The Limpkins

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The Silence of the Limpkins by Susan Cerulean is about the overall degradation of Wakulla Springs. This story begins with the narrator describing how his colleagues and he have to put herbicide in Wakulla Springs every so often. As to clear the hydrilla, a plant imported from India because of a trade that overall massively impacted the Wakulla Springs ecosystem. “Hydrilla was imported to the United States from India for the indoor aquarium trade in the 1950’s. No one knew it would become a major invader of Florida’s lakes and rivers” (Susan Cerulean). As the imported Hydrilla became more abundant in Wakulla Springs, the reader learns that certain species have developed to avoid Wakulla Springs and find another habitat. Such as anhinga, yellow-crowned night herons, apple snails and limpkins. The people in charge of Wakulla Springs clear, take out and get rid of the Hydrilla infestation in Wakulla Springs. After the narrator left Wakulla Springs, he took a canoe ride on Wacissa and compared the states of Wacissa and Wakulla Springs. Some of the exotic species that are being battled in the Wakulla Springs ecosystem are, and the reason they are being battled are: Anhinga, food source and environment are being depleted. Yellow Crowned Night Herons, food source and environment are being depleted. Purple Gallinules, food source and environment are being depleted. Alligators and they get trapped within the hydrilla. Limpkins, because their primary food source, apple snails, are dying out in the Wakulla Springs ecosystem. Apple Snails and they are being battled because the hydrilla halts the snails as they ascend to the surface, so they drown. Some of the methods that have been used and that have failed are using dip nets, booms, hand pulling and mechanical harvesters The method that is being used now is putting herbicide within the spring. “Hydrilla was imported

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