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

 Everglades Science Center Study Confirms Camera Traps Provide Valuable Data in Roseate Spoonbill Nest Monitoring
Everglades

Everglades Science Center Study Confirms Camera Traps Provide Valuable Data in Roseate Spoonbill Nest Monitoring

Pilot study was extended for three more years to develop best practices for using camera data in colony-wide analysis.

Hold the Urban Development Boundary in Miami-Dade County, Protect the Everglades
Everglades

Hold the Urban Development Boundary in Miami-Dade County, Protect the Everglades

Move the industrial park, hold the line, protect our Florida.

Audubon Florida’s Kelly Cox Named Everglades Coalition Co-chair
Press Center

Audubon Florida’s Kelly Cox Named Everglades Coalition Co-chair

The vote took place at the April quarterly meeting.

Record-breaking Spoonbill Photographed in Florida Bay: Bird Banding Reveals Oldest Spoonbill
Everglades

Record-breaking Spoonbill Photographed in Florida Bay

New Roseate Spoonbill discovery shows they can live to more than 18 years old in the wild.

New Funding Coming for Everglades Restoration
News

New Funding Coming for Everglades Restoration

The White House announced the largest ever investment of federal funds for Everglades restoration in January, followed by another historic presidential budget request to Congress in March.

Restoring Cape Sable
Everglades

Restoring Cape Sable

The interior wetlands of Cape Sable are among the most ecologically productive environments left in Florida.

Raptors Tell Us That Everglades Restoration is Working
Everglades

Raptors Tell Us That Everglades Restoration is Working

Healthy land and water resources support people, too.

Improved Outlook Anticipated for the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
Birds

Improved Outlook Anticipated for the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

This endemic sparrow spends it entire life in the dry prairies of Central Florida.

Snail Kite Monitoring Key to a Resilient Future
News

Snail Kite Monitoring Key to a Resilient Future

By J. Scott Angle, jangle@ufl.edu

Biologists Rescue Injured Roseate Spoonbill in Florida Bay
Everglades

Biologists Rescue Injured Roseate Spoonbill in Florida Bay

The young bird likely fell out of its nest.

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