America's Everglades

Audubon has worked for over a century to protect and restore America's Everglades. Famous for its abundance of bird life, the Everglades has faced many challenges. From the murder of Audubon Warden Guy Bradley by plume hunters as he fought to protect some of the Everglades’ iconic species, to the nearly devastating changes from the 20th Century efforts to ditch, dike, and drain the watershed for development and agriculture, Audubon has led an unprecedented ecological intervention.

The most ambitious ecosystem restoration plan ever attempted is underway to provide the River of Grass with clean freshwater in the right place at the right time. Audubon's work to restore the Everglades is focused on implementing the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) and other restoration projects to achieve ecological benefits and restore the characteristic abundance of wildlife.

Our science and policy staff works throughout the ecosystem to ensure that sound science underpins plans for restoration and that projects stay focused on increasing target bird populations as a measure of success. The Audubon Florida state office and Florida’s 45 chapters work with other partners and local, state and federal decision makers to build widespread support for this effort.

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Here are some of the overall goals of Audubon's Everglades work:

  • Restore freshwater flows to Florida Bay through Everglades National Park to improve the conditions for the Roseate Spoonbill and other wading birds by reversing the effects of harmful flood control and water supply projects.
  • Improve the hydrology of the Northern Everglades while improving the quality of water entering Lake Okeechobee, using the Southern Bald Eagle as an indicator of progress toward reaching these goals.
  • Manage Lake Okeechobee in a way that balances the needs of consumptive users and the environment and reduce the pollutants flowing south from Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades Agricultural Area. Restore flows through the Water Conservation Areas that connect Lake Okeechobee and Everglades National Park using the Everglade Snail Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, and other wading birds as indicator species.
  • Protect and restore the watershed of Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the Big Cypress National Preserve and surrounding areas in the Western Everglades. Restoration and conservation activities in this area, which is a key part of the native habitat for the Wood Stork, can be measured by that species’ population in the region.

Learn more about Audubon's work in the Greater Everglades, explore our current and past State of the Everglades Reports.

Northern Everglades
Conservation

Northern Everglades

The Northern Everglades encompasses the Lake Okeechobee watershed, the 3.3 million acre part of the ecosystem that serves as the headwaters of the Everglades.

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Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades
Conservation

Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades

Lake Okeechobee is the liquid heart of the Central Everglades.

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Florida Bay
Conservation

Florida Bay

The Everglades Science Center at Tavernier was established in the Florida Keys in 1938.

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Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Chapters & Centers

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Experience the heart of the Western Everglades.

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Everglades Science
Conservation

Everglades Science

One of Audubon Florida’s greatest contributions for the Everglades is our research and monitoring that provides information about some of the most important issues related to the health of the ecosystem.

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State of the Everglades Report
About Us

State of the Everglades Report

Get the latest news from the River of Grass in this bi-annual review.

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News & Updates

More Freshwater (Not Less) Needed to Curb Algal Blooms in Florida Bay
Everglades

More Freshwater (Not Less) Needed to Curb Algal Blooms in Florida Bay

Florida Bay, the vast lagoon between the Florida Keys and the mainland, is home to some of the most unique wildlife and habitat in the world. But this special place is telling us something is wrong.

Wading Birds Give Hope to America’s Everglades
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Wading Birds Give Hope to America’s Everglades

According to the annual South Florida Wading Bird Report, 2017 produced some of the highest nest counts in the Everglades in a decade. The success was characterized by hydro-patterns mimicking historic, pre-drainage conditions in some parts of the Everglades.

Audubon Advocates and Partners Save the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
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Audubon Advocates and Partners Save the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

After a long campaign by Audubon Florida and partners, the South Florida Water Management District entered into a new lease agreement on the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge this March, effectively saving this important National Wildlife Refuge! The agreement allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue managing this resource for wildlife.

Progress in Removing Impediments to Important Freshwater Flows
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Progress in Removing Impediments to Important Freshwater Flows

The Tamiami Trail, a 1920s road built to link Tampa and Miami, chokes the flow of much-needed freshwater through the historic heart of the Southern Everglades. Just over two years since groundbreaking, the second phase of the Tamiami Trail bridging project, which allows water to flow under the road, is on track to be completed by the end of 2018.

2018 Everglades Restoration Funding
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2018 Everglades Restoration Funding

With many competing priorities for funding, Audubon works hard in Tallahassee and Washington to secure the funds needed for Everglades restoration. A restored River of Grass depends on strong and sustained appropriations each year to get projects from start to finish and avoid costly delays.

So Close! After a Decade, Picayune Strand Restoration Project Almost Complete
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So Close! After a Decade, Picayune Strand Restoration Project Almost Complete

The Picayune Strand project was the first of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) components to begin construction. It is now close to becoming one of the first fully completed CERP projects.

Kissimmee River Restoration Project 90 Percent Built and Already a Model for Restoration
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Kissimmee River Restoration Project 90 Percent Built and Already a Model for Restoration

The Kissimmee River Restoration project is tantalizingly close to completion. Once finished in 2020, more than 40 square miles of river floodplain will flood seasonally, and the river will meander again.

Audubon-Backed Everglades Reservoir Clears Significant Milestones
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Audubon-Backed Everglades Reservoir Clears Significant Milestones

After six months of intense planning, the South Florida Water Management District approved the Tentatively Selected Plan for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir project in March. The project remains on schedule.

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Audubon Florida Staff, Board, and Chapters travel to D.C. for America’s Everglades Summit

Audubon staff and board directors joined Everglades Foundation colleagues and Everglades advocates in our nation’s capital to advocate for America’s Everglades.

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.

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