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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 Helps Secure State Protections for Port Orange Rookery, Protecting Rare & Endangered Birds
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Audubon Helps Secure State Protections for Port Orange Rookery, Protecting Rare & Endangered Birds

In December 2017, Port Orange bird rookery became the state’s 32nd Critical Wildlife Area (CWA) established by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). This important protection was advanced by Halifax River Audubon and Audubon Florida to buffer nesting American Oystercatchers, Brown Pelicans and several species of herons and egrets from disturbance by boaters.

Audubon Leads Habitat Restoration for Important Wading Bird Rookery
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Audubon Leads Habitat Restoration for Important Wading Bird Rookery

The Richard T. Paul Alafia Bank Bird Sanctuary is the crown jewel of wading bird rookeries on the Gulf Coast, with 16 species nesting there, including our most iconic Florida species - Brown Pelicans and Great Egrets - and some of our rarest birds - Reddish Egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, and American Oystercatchers. More than 8,000 waterbirds depend on this special place as a nursery to safely raise young.

Audubon's Celeste De Palma Receives Prestigious Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association
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Audubon's Celeste De Palma Receives Prestigious Award by the National Wildlife Refuge Association

After successfully leading the charge to protect ARM Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Celeste was named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Advocate of the Year.

Pelicans Who Survived 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Spotted at Audubon Sanctuary
Coastal Conservation

Pelicans Who Survived 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster Spotted at Audubon Sanctuary

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster in 2010 endangered the economies of coastal communities, saturated marshes and wetlands with oil, 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.

Scientists Report that Relocating Scrub-Jays Shows Promise and New Hope for Species
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Scientists Report that Relocating Scrub-Jays Shows Promise and New Hope for Species

Tucked away in Ocala National Forest, Hughes Island is a “donor site”- one with a stable population that can donate ScrubJays for relocation elsewhere in the state. Led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, state officials began a Scrub-Jay translocation program just last year in an attempt to save this imperiled species.

Restoration Makes a Difference
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Restoration Makes a Difference

Hard-working volunteers and partners helped Audubon restore vital Scrub-Jay habitat in Manatee County by removing sand pines. While it might seem unusual to remove trees to help birds, tall sand pines and thickets provide the perfect perches for predators of the Florida Scrub-Jay like hawks.

Audubon Fights to Keep Busy Highway Out of Critical Scrub-Jay Habitat
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Audubon Fights to Keep Busy Highway Out of Critical Scrub-Jay Habitat

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and collaborating land developers are pressing forward with a destructive plan that would route part of the new Osceola Parkway through the Split Oak Forest Wildlife and Environmental Area in Osceola County. The initial proposal cut through the heart of Split Oak Preserve and ran directly through the middle of valuable scrub habitat, home to several Scrub-Jay families.

Why Protect Scrub-Jays?
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Why Protect Scrub-Jays?

The federally Threatened Florida Scrub-Jay is the Sunshine State’s only endemic bird species – found nowhere else in the world. Bold, curious, and living in cooperative family groups, most jays never venture more than a few miles from where they hatched.

Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians with new Research
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Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians with new Research

Findings Indicate American Flamingos are Native to the Sunshine State

RELEASE: Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians with new Research
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RELEASE: Audubon and Other Researchers Vindicate Flamingo-Loving Floridians with new Research

— Findings Indicate American Flamingos are Native to the Sunshine State