The style-conscious woman of long ago
wore Everglades fashions from head to toe:
egret feathers decorating her stylish hat,
alligator purse and alligator shoes to match.
Her taste in fashion was very fine,
but Everglades wildlife began to decline.
Egrets and alligators faced extinction,
and laws were passed for their protection.
No longer endangered, these species survive.
Habitat protection allows them to thrive.
With continued protection and conservation,
wildlife will delight future generations.
Reprinted from Hanging Out with Wild Animals II
an environmentally themed book series for readers eight to twelve
Copyright© 2018 by Cheryl Batavia