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
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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 Sheds Light on Water, Fish, and Spoonbill Fluctuations
Everglades

Everglades Science Center Sheds Light on Water, Fish, and Spoonbill Fluctuations

The semi-annual State of the Slough showcases how restoration projects affect South Florida ecosystems.

12,000-acre Everglades Restoration Project Complete
Everglades

12,000-acre Everglades Restoration Project Complete

The C-44 canal was first dredged in 1923 to divert flood water from Lake Okeechobee to the St. Lucie estuary. It has taken decades and millions of dollars of funds to restore the C-44 area.

2020 Wading Bird Study Reveals Mixed Success for Iconic Florida Species
Press Center

2020 Wading Bird Study Reveals Mixed Success for Iconic Florida Species

Spring storm events threatened to wipe out nesting efforts.

Collier County BCC Revises Mosquito Control Boundary Resolution to Protect State and Federal Conservation Lands
Everglades

Collier County BCC Revises Mosquito Control Boundary Resolution to Protect State and Federal Conservation Lands

Audubon Florida, Audubon Western Everglades, and Florida Wildlife Federation objected to the expansion onto conservation lands and collaborated with all the public land management agencies to communicate their collective concerns with mosquito treatment of these public lands to the Board.

Audubon Florida Launches Advocacy Effort Against Urban Sprawl that Threatens the Everglades
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Audubon Florida Launches Advocacy Effort Against Urban Sprawl that Threatens the Everglades

A new development would require an expansion of the Urban Development Boundary (UDB) – a legal line that limits the extent of westward development permitted in Miami-Dade County toward the Everglades.

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.

Congress’ Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Means Progress Toward a Cleaner Energy Future for Birds and People
Everglades

Congress’ Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Means Progress Toward a Cleaner Energy Future for Birds and People

The framework allocates meaningful spending to programs that would increase climate resilience.

Audubon Celebrates Completion of Landmark Everglades Restoration Projects in 2021
Everglades

Audubon Celebrates Completion of Landmark Everglades Restoration Projects in 2021

Removal of Tamiami Trail roadbed and Kissimmee River Restoration project overviews.

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.

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