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The Voice of Conservation in Florida

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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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Leads the Way in Research and Restoration for America’s Everglades
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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Leads the Way in Research and Restoration for America’s Everglades

While many people associate Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida with its cypress swamp boardwalk and extraordinary wildlife viewing, fewer realize that it is an active laboratory. Behind the scenes, Audubon researchers, land managers, educators, and policy advocates work to unravel the threats facing Corkscrew’s watershed and prescribe a course of restoration that will benefit the entire Western Everglades.

Found! First Pennsylvania Great Lakes Plovers Fledged in 60 Years, Resighted Wintering in Florida Protected Areas
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Found! First Pennsylvania Great Lakes Plovers Fledged in 60 Years, Resighted Wintering in Florida Protected Areas

The equivalent of Piping Plover royalty were spotted wintering in Florida this year! In 2017, for the first time in 60 years, two pairs of Piping Plovers nested in Pennsylvania on the shores of Lake Erie.

Pelicans Who Survived Deepwater Horizon Disaster Spotted at Audubon Sanctuary
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Pelicans Who Survived Deepwater Horizon Disaster Spotted at Audubon Sanctuary

April 20, 2018 marked the eighth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster that endangered the economies of coastal communities, saturated marshes and wetlands with sludge, and smothered thousands of birds in oil. Despite millions of gallons of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico, two surviving pelicans from the disaster recently gave Audubon biologists new hope for the fate of rescued and treated bird victims.

Audubon Florida’s Dynamic Coastal Team Reports Good Year for Florida’s Iconic Coastal Birds
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Audubon Florida’s Dynamic Coastal Team Reports Good Year for Florida’s Iconic Coastal Birds

Just like Floridians, Florida’s coastal birds demonstrated perseverance and persistence last year. Audubon support and stewardship gave the birds a fighting chance despite extreme weather, disappearing habitat, and crowded beaches.

The Rush to Save the Imperiled Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
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The Rush to Save the Imperiled Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

Birds Baffle Experts Trying to Stem Decline of Species

Annual Lawmaking Session in Tallahassee Wraps up With Strong Conservation Funding, Good News for America's Everglades, and Victories Thanks to Audubon Advocates
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Annual Lawmaking Session in Tallahassee Wraps up With Strong Conservation Funding, Good News for America's Everglades, and Victories Thanks to Audubon Advocates

Lawmakers gathered early this year in Tallahassee for their annual 60-day lawmaking session, and Audubon focused on conservation funding as our top priority. With 2018 being an important election year for many lawmakers, Florida’s environment faced eager lawmakers ready to make an impact on the state.

Plants for Birds – A Growing Effort!
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Plants for Birds – A Growing Effort!

Enthusiasm for using native plants in Florida landscapes is spreading among Audubon’s 45 local chapters in Florida! Twenty of Florida’s Audubon chapters serve as local native plant resources and are encouraging their communities and neighbors to use native landscaping.

Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians
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Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians

Findings Indicate American Flamingos Seen in Florida are Wild Birds Recovering Their Historic Range.

Audubon Supports Atlantic Flyway Project to Understand Disturbance Impacts to Imperiled Shorebirds
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Audubon Supports Atlantic Flyway Project to Understand Disturbance Impacts to Imperiled Shorebirds

Shorebird populations have declined over the past few decades from many pressures along coasts. Habitats are lost to development, shrunk from sea level rise, and impacted by human disturbance.

Help Wanted: Report Sightings of Banded Black Skimmers to Audubon
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Help Wanted: Report Sightings of Banded Black Skimmers to Audubon

The Black Skimmer is hard to miss on Florida’s beaches – whether gracefully skimming the water for food or “barking” to each other when resting on the upper beach. Despite being seen year-round on Florida’s beaches, not much is known about our nesting population of Black Skimmers.