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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Audubon Researchers Use Frogs and Fish to Gauge Restoration Success at Picayune Strand
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Audubon Researchers Use Frogs and Fish to Gauge Restoration Success at Picayune Strand

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.

Remembering Nat Reed and Bernie Yokel,  Two Audubon Heroes
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Remembering Nat Reed and Bernie Yokel, Two Audubon Heroes

A tribute by: Charles Lee, Director of Advocacy, Audubon Florida

Tallahassee Birding Hot Spot Gets New Attention
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Tallahassee Birding Hot Spot Gets New Attention

Lake Elberta Park is one of Tallahassee’s best kept birding secrets, tucked away in a historic African American neighborhood between Florida A&M University and Florida State University. Apalachee Audubon received a special Audubon grant to help restore the lake and share its significance with the diverse Tallahassee communities nearby.

A Little Extra Credit Goes A Long Way
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A Little Extra Credit Goes A Long Way

One college student’s nature experience with several North Florida Audubon chapters inspired a one-time special event into a yearlong Audubon program engaging young adults.

Wading Bird Supercolonies in America’s Everglades Tell Us Something We Already Knew
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Wading Bird Supercolonies in America’s Everglades Tell Us Something We Already Knew

Visitors to America’s Everglades in the 19th century frequently reported astonishment at the sheer numbers of wading birds they saw. JohnJames Audubon wrote, “The flocks of birds that covered the shelly beaches, and those hovering overhead, so astonished us that we could for awhile scarcely believe our eyes.” That all changed when plume hunters decimated the iconic Florida birds in the 1880’s.

Audubon in Action: Fighting for Critical Habitat in Southwest Florida
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Audubon in Action: Fighting for Critical Habitat in Southwest Florida

Two years ago, Audubon entered a legal battle to protect Little Estero Island Critical Wildlife Area in Southwest Florida. Out-of-state investors wanted to build a private boardwalk over a state-owned lagoon and conservation lands, barely skirting the edge of the critical wildlife area. Audubon scientists immediately sounded the alarm.

Freedom Flies: 600th Bald Eagle Makes Majestic Return to Florida Skies
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Freedom Flies: 600th Bald Eagle Makes Majestic Return to Florida Skies

This summer, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey released its 600th rehabilitated Bald Eagle back into the Florida skies with the help of long-time Audubon supporters Dick and Mimi Ford. Audubon rescued the eagle in March after injuries likely sustained from a territory fight with another eagle.

Now What? Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide Leave Floridians Frustrated
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Now What? Blue-Green Algae and Red Tide Leave Floridians Frustrated

Florida is witnessing one of the worst red tides and blue-green algae in recent memory. The catastrophic combination of red tide and blue-green algae blooms are hurting Florida’s waterways and the wildlife that depend on clean water.

Audubon Cheers Signing of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
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Audubon Cheers Signing of America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018

Newly-signed federal legislation includes key Everglades restoration project championed by Audubon members

Commentary: Southwest Florida’s lost summer? Don’t just get angry, do something
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Commentary: Southwest Florida’s lost summer? Don’t just get angry, do something

It’s hard to see dead fish littering Southwest Florida’s beaches as far as the eye can see. Even if you close your eyes, the smell won’t let you forget. Images of dying manatees and sea turtles and fuzzy black skimmer chicks starving on our beaches make even the most cheerful among us angry.