Little Blue Heron Photo: Kurt Wecker/Audubon Photography Awards

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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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Lake Okeechobee S.O.S. – A Healthy Lake is a Balanced Everglades
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Lake Okeechobee S.O.S. – A Healthy Lake is a Balanced Everglades

Florida’s greatest lake was in the news this year for all the wrong reasons. Record phosphorus inflows, persistent harmful blue-green algal blooms, high water levels, and harmful estuary releases inundated Lake Okeechobee and the downstream ecosystems.

Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds Recognized as 2018 Champion of the Everglades by Audubon Florida
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Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds Recognized as 2018 Champion of the Everglades by Audubon Florida

In recognition of her outstanding efforts on behalf of the America’s Everglades, Audubon Florida honored Lt. Col. Jennifer Reynolds as the 2018 Champion of the Everglades at this year’s Audubon Assembly.

Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center Guides Restoration
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Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center Guides Restoration

Over the summer, Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center helped collect data on fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates in the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. These wetland fauna tell scientists and project managers how restoration is going. Picayune Strand was the very first Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project to be started back in 2007.

Southern Everglades Projects Coming Together for Florida Bay
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Southern Everglades Projects Coming Together for Florida Bay

Florida Bay and Everglades National Park are choked from the freshwater they need. Two exciting developments are changing that.

Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles!
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Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles!

With the support of Audubon members, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir is getting closer to breaking ground after significant victories in Tallahassee and Washington. This top Everglades priority will clean, store, and move water south of Lake Okeechobee- restoring the historic freshwater flows through the parched Greater Everglades Ecosystem and into Florida Bay.

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.