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For more than a century Audubon has encouraged people to take care of the places that make Florida special. Using science to guide our priorities and birdlife to measure ecosystem health, Audubon advocates for the protection of land, water, and wildlife. Audubon is Florida’s most influential conservation organization and conducts extensive work to protect the Everglades and coastal bird habitats. We manage sanctuaries covering thousands of acres along with two popular nature centers. Audubon promotes stewardship and appreciation of public land and water so people experience and cherish Florida’s natural beauty and wildlife.

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Holiday Inn at Lido Key Partners with Audubon Bird Stewardship
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Holiday Inn at Lido Key Partners with Audubon Bird Stewardship

Black Skimmers and bird stewards benefit from Holiday Inn partnership

One Tough Survivor: Piping Plover A97
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One Tough Survivor: Piping Plover A97

The tale of a "snowbird" that survived 140+ mph winds

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Recognized by International Wetland Scientists
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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Recognized by International Wetland Scientists

— Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary was recently recognized as the newest Wetland of Distinction by the Society of Wetland Scientists. The first wetland in the southern U.S. to obtain this recognition, the initiative was created in 2017 “to promote awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of some of the country’s most ecologically sensitive landscapes.”
New Hope for South Florida Water Management District
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STATEMENT: New Hope for South Florida Water Management District

— Audubon Applauds Appointment of Drew Bartlett as SFWMD Executive Director
President’s Proposed Budget Cuts Hint at Less Money for the Everglades
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STATEMENT: President’s Proposed Budget Cuts Hint at Less Money for the Everglades

— Audubon Urges Congress to Support $200M Federal Commitment to River Of Grass
Audubon Celebrates Judge's Decision to Protect Everglades Water Quality and Restoration Progress
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Audubon Celebrates Judge's Decision to Protect Everglades Water Quality and Restoration Progress

— “Fantastic news! Today’s denial by Judge Moreno is a huge win for America’s Everglades, the people of Florida, and the wildlife that depend on this incredible ecosystem. We’re grateful Judge Moreno stopped this unnecessary distraction from Everglades restoration. South Florida’s water quality and quantity needs are urgent, and I’m looking forward to refocusing on the restoration of Florida’s famed River of Grass.”
Important Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles
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Important Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles

Florida’s recurring water crises lit a fire for lawmakers from Tallahassee to Washington, starting with the passing of Senate Bill 10 by the Florida Legislature in 2017. The historic legislation kick-started the planning of the critical Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir project, which state officials planned in record time.

A History of Conservation: Tampa Exhibit Highlights Audubon’s Legacy in Florida’s Conservation Movement
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A History of Conservation: Tampa Exhibit Highlights Audubon’s Legacy in Florida’s Conservation Movement

The Tampa Bay History Center and Audubon Florida curated the remarkable story of Florida conservation and Audubon’s role in it in an exciting new exhibit. A History of Conservation: A Bird’s Eye View shows the evolution of conservation in Florida.

Restoring Hope One Acre at a Time: The Corkscrew Willow Story
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Restoring Hope One Acre at a Time: The Corkscrew Willow Story

A refreshing success story is emerging at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples. Audubon’s ongoing freshwater marsh and prairie wetlands restoration is producing regional benefits in Southwest Florida and changing the restoration conversation statewide.

New Leadership in Tallahassee Means New Opportunities for Conservation in 2019
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New Leadership in Tallahassee Means New Opportunities for Conservation in 2019

Audubon Florida is hopeful for meaningful conservation progress in the new year. Incoming Governor Ron DeSantis is vocal in support for Everglades Restoration and addressing the twin catastrophes of blue-green algae and red tide that plagued South Florida in 2018.