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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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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.

Hurricane Michael: Effects and Recovery in a Time of Changing Climate
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Hurricane Michael: Effects and Recovery in a Time of Changing Climate

Florida’s climate is already changing as evidenced by higher temperatures almost every year for the past 10 years. This year, Hurricane Michael astonished weather forecasters when it ripped through the Florida Panhandle and other southeastern US states.

Bald Eagles Nesting Begins, Showing Promise After Hurricane Michael
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Bald Eagles Nesting Begins, Showing Promise After Hurricane Michael

This comeback species was once on the brink of extinction in the 1970s, in large part due to the use of the pesticide DDT. Now, Florida is home to one of the largest populations of Bald Eagles in the U.S.

New Projects Underway to Improve Resilience of Coastal Rookeries and Demonstrate Green Coastal Engineering
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New Projects Underway to Improve Resilience of Coastal Rookeries and Demonstrate Green Coastal Engineering

The coastal islands of Florida’s peninsular west coast have long been refugia for nesting waterbirds. Herons, egrets, pelicans, and spoonbills blanket the trees with nests in the thousands, and the breeze carries the clamor of begging chicks.

Audubon Florida Celebrates Local Chapters for Conservation and Leadership Achievements
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Audubon Florida Celebrates Local Chapters for Conservation and Leadership Achievements

What makes an award-winning Audubon chapter? Outstanding leadership and making a difference for conservation

Conservation Leaders Recognized at 2018 Audubon Assembly in West Palm Beach
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Conservation Leaders Recognized at 2018 Audubon Assembly in West Palm Beach

The 2018 Audubon Assembly focused on finding solutions to a changing climate with its innovative theme, Rising Tides: Building Common Ground for Climate Change Solutions. The jam-packed Assembly was in West Palm Beach and fired up conservation leaders from across the Sunshine State.

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.