America's Everglades

Exploring Lake Okeechobee

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. A great example is the 1,000-acre marsh and prairie restoration underway at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; the heart of the Western Everglades.

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, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, 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

Serving on Technical Committees Helps Audubon Influence Water Conservation in Florida
Everglades

Serving on Technical Committees Helps Audubon Influence Water Conservation in Florida

“Water quality is not only important to our wildlife, but to our way of life.” -- Chris Farrell, Northeast Florida Policy Associate

Publix and SeaWorld Invest in Restoring Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s Wetland of International Significance
Chapters & Centers

Publix and SeaWorld Invest in Restoring Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s Wetland of International Significance

Healthy wetlands make Florida more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Kissimmee River Project - Largest Restoration Initiative of its Kind - Complete After Nearly 30 Years
Everglades

Kissimmee River Project - Largest Restoration Initiative of its Kind - Complete After Nearly 30 Years

Audubon celebrates this critical milestone for Everglades restoration.

Audubon Florida Supports New Lake Okeechobee Water Management Plan - With Modifications
Everglades

Audubon Florida Supports New Lake Okeechobee Water Management Plan - With Modifications

The new schedule for Lake Okeechobee water management is especially important as new Everglades restoration projects come on line.

State of the Slough Spring 2021
Everglades

State of the Slough Spring 2021

As published in State of the Everglades.

Audubon Uses Satellites and Cameras to Unlock the Ecology of Florida Bay’s Spoonbills
Everglades

Audubon Uses Satellites and Cameras to Unlock the Ecology of Florida Bay’s Spoonbills

Audubon Florida’s Everglades Science Center (ESC) has been studying Roseate Spoonbills since 1939.

Audubon Celebrates Early Restoration Phase for Picayune Strand Urged by Big Cypress Basin
Everglades

Audubon Celebrates Early Restoration Phase for Picayune Strand Urged by Big Cypress Basin

Last Friday, the Faka-Union pump station was turned on several years ahead of schedule allowing for over 2,000 acres of parched wetlands to be brought back to life.

Paul Gray Named Environmental Steward
Everglades

Paul Gray Named Environmental Steward

Florida Wildlife Federation names Gray as their 2021 award recipient.

2020 Sampling of Florida Bay Fish Reveal Improving Everglades Water Conditions
Everglades

2020 Sampling of Florida Bay Fish Reveal Improving Everglades Water Conditions

Fish community could be showing an Everglades moving in the right direction.

Snail Kites Face another Difficult Nesting Year on Lake Okeechobee
Everglades

Snail Kites Face another Difficult Nesting Year on Lake Okeechobee

Water issues still to blame for low nesting rates.

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