Greater Everglades Ecosystem

Audubon has worked for over a century to protect and restore America's Everglades. Famous for its abundance of bird life, the Everglades has faced many challenges. From the murder of Audubon Warden Guy Bradley by plume hunters as he fought to protect some of the Everglades’ iconic species, to the nearly devastating changes from the 20th Century efforts to ditch, dike, and drain the watershed for development and agriculture, Audubon has led an unprecedented ecological intervention.

The most ambitious ecosystem restoration plan ever attempted is underway to provide the River of Grass with clean freshwater in the right place at the right time. Audubon's work to restore the Everglades is focused on implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and other restoration projects to achieve ecological benefits and restore the characteristic abundance of wildlife.

Our science and policy staff works throughout the ecosystem to ensure that sound science underpins plans for restoration and that projects stay focused on increasing target bird populations as a measure of success. The Audubon Florida state office and Florida’s 45 chapters work with other partners and local, state and federal decision makers to build widespread support for this effort.

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Here are some of the overall goals of Audubon's Everglades work:

  • Restore freshwater flows to Florida Bay through Everglades National Park to improve the conditions for the Roseate Spoonbill and other wading birds by reversing the effects of harmful flood control and water supply projects.
  • Improve the hydrology of the Northern Everglades while improving the quality of water entering Lake Okeechobee, using the Southern Bald Eagle as an indicator of progress toward reaching these goals.
  • Manage Lake Okeechobee in a way that balances the needs of consumptive users and the environment and reduce the pollutants flowing south from Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Agricultural Area. Restore flows through the Water Conservation Areas that connect Lake Okeechobee and Everglades National Park using the Everglade Snail Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, and other wading birds as indicator species.
  • Protect and restore the watershed of Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the Big Cypress National Preserve and surrounding areas in the Western Everglades. Restoration and conservation activities in this area, which is a key part of the native habitat for the Wood Stork, can be measured by that species’ population in the region.

Learn more about Audubon's work in the Greater Everglades, explore our current and past State of the Everglades Reports.

Northern Everglades
Conservation

Northern Everglades

The Northern Everglades encompasses the Lake Okeechobee watershed, the 3.3 million acre part of the ecosystem that serves as the headwaters of the Everglades.

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Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades
Conservation

Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades

Lake Okeechobee is the liquid heart of the Central Everglades.

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Florida Bay
Conservation

Florida Bay

The Everglades Science Center at Tavernier was established in the Florida Keys in 1938.

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Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Chapters & Centers

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Experience the heart of the Western Everglades.

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Everglades Science
Conservation

Everglades Science

One of Audubon Florida’s greatest contributions for the Everglades is our research and monitoring that provides information about some of the most important issues related to the health of the ecosystem.

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State of the Everglades Report
About Us

State of the Everglades Report

Get the latest news from the River of Grass in this bi-annual review.

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News & Updates

Coastal Water Crisis Update - July 15, 2016
News

Coastal Water Crisis Update - July 15, 2016

Audubon and Everglades Foundation present option to immediately hold more water south of Lake Okeechobee.

Coastal Water Crisis Update - July 8, 2016
Everglades

Coastal Water Crisis Update - July 8, 2016

More Questions than Answers as Algae Blooms Continue

Coastal Water Crisis Update - June 30, 2016
Everglades

Coastal Water Crisis Update - June 30, 2016

Audubon's new weekly newsletter series to address the emergency in our coastal waters.

Now Available: Audubon's State of the Everglades Report - Spring 2016
Everglades

Now Available: Audubon's State of the Everglades Report - Spring 2016

Click here to download your free copy of our comprehensive biannual report on the River of Grass.

Pink flamingos make slow return to Florida

Audubon Florida's Julie Hill-Gabriel and Audubon Society of the Everglades Sue McKemy were recently featured on NBC's The Today Show to discuss the return of American Flamingos to the Everglades. Click here to view if video player does not work.

The Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project: An Urgent Call to Action
Everglades

The Everglades Agricultural Area Reservoir Project: An Urgent Call to Action

Florida’s coastal waters are experiencing an unprecedented ecological collapse. Learn more about this issue in our latest Fact Sheet.

Florida Bay: An Ecological Collapse in the Making
Everglades

Florida Bay: An Ecological Collapse in the Making

Audubon’s Everglades scientists are warning of a major ecological collapse in Florida Bay related to a widespread seagrass die-off.

Water Quality and Storage Solutions to Ease Florida’s Coastal Water Crisis
Everglades

Water Quality and Storage Solutions to Ease Florida’s Coastal Water Crisis

Florida’s coastal waters are experiencing an unprecedented ecological collapse.

Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"
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Free PDF: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Spring 2016 - "It's a Baby Issue"

Download your free copy of Audubon Florida's award-winning conservation magazine.

Tamiami Trail 2.6 Mile Bridge on the Way
Everglades

Tamiami Trail 2.6 Mile Bridge on the Way

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by kicking off an Everglades restoration project?

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