Aquatic macroinvertebrates are used to gauge restoration success. Photo: Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

This summer, the Western Everglades research team at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary found themselves rising early, packing field gear and a lunch, and heading out for a new project in the Picayune Strand. But this summer came with new energy for the team. After recovering from Hurricane Irma’s flooding and nearby coasts still suffering with blue-green algae combined with red tide, researchers were eager to start collecting data and better understand freshwater wetland restoration efforts. Their passion took them to the Picayune Strand Restoration Project, the first Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project (CERP) to begin construction.

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Major Coastal Bird Rookery in North Florida Saved
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Major Coastal Bird Rookery in North Florida Saved

Important Nesting Site Now Protected for Rare Coastal Species

Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On
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Nom Nom: 22 Astonishing Shots of Birds Getting Their Grub On

The 2018 Audubon Photography Awards had its fill of food-themed submissions. These are some of our favorites.

This Year at a Glance
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This Year at a Glance

Audubon EagleWatch observations revealed most eagles that lost nests to Hurricane Irma went on to successfully rebuild and raise young. EagleWatch data also indicate the average number of young produced is holding steady at 1.31 fledglings per occupied nest, compared to 1.32 last season.

Human and Eagle Population Booms Mean Eagles Need Audubon (and You) Now More Than Ever
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Human and Eagle Population Booms Mean Eagles Need Audubon (and You) Now More Than Ever

The Sunshine State is home to one of the largest nesting populations of Bald Eagles outside of Alaska coupled with one of the highest rates of development in the U.S. Less available open space and more people puts significant stress on the species. Audubon is at the forefront of protecting eagles and their habitat, but we need your help as pressures mount and protections are threatened.

Keep an Eye Out! More Banded Eagles Take to the Florida Skies
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Keep an Eye Out! More Banded Eagles Take to the Florida Skies

As part of an ongoing research study, juvenile eagles are banded prior to release after treatment and recovery at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. The band color indicates the type of nest the young eagle hatched in: green for nests in trees and black for nests on artificial structures.

Despite Unwelcome Nest Thieves, Florida’s Eagles Persist After Irma Devastation
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Despite Unwelcome Nest Thieves, Florida’s Eagles Persist After Irma Devastation

Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida as a Category 3 hurricane in September 2017, just as many Bald Eagles were preparing for the nesting season. Intrepid volunteers ventured out after the storm passed, reporting on the status of approximately 300 nests across the state.

Inspiring Future Generations to Care About Eagles and Conservation
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Inspiring Future Generations to Care About Eagles and Conservation

Shawnlei Breeding, Audubon’s EagleWatch Manager, often gives presentations on Florida’s Bald Eagles and conservation in the Orlando community. However, one routine presentation turned into an exciting field trip when dozens of children had the opportunity to visit a nearby eagle nest thanks to Audubon EagleWatcher Jim Johnson.

Audubon Partnership with Southwest Florida City Helps Keep Bald Eagle Protections in Place
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Audubon Partnership with Southwest Florida City Helps Keep Bald Eagle Protections in Place

Thanks to persistent advocates, the Cape Coral City Council voted to keep strong Bald Eagle protections in place this spring. Because eagles are a priority for the community, they receive additional protections beyond federal and state requirements.

After Flying Under the Radar for More Than a Decade, Male Eagle Discovered With Family
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After Flying Under the Radar for More Than a Decade, Male Eagle Discovered With Family

Martin County EagleWatchers reported a new nest with two young eaglets in January, but this wasn’t just any normal eagle family.