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
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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

2019 Wading Bird Season Shows Some Success but also How Far We Have Still to Go
Everglades

2019 Wading Bird Season Shows Some Success but also How Far We Have Still to Go

It is no surprise that 2019's wading bird numbers declined from the previous year.

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Plan Proposes New Protections for Vulnerable Wading Birds
Everglades

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Plan Proposes New Protections for Vulnerable Wading Birds

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary hosts more than 285 species of resident and migratory birds, including the bizarre, but beautiful, Roseate Spoonbill. Extensive tidal flats, seagrass beds, and mangrove-fringed islands throughout the 2,900-square-mile Sanctuary provide important foraging, roosting, and nesting habitat.

Audubon Celebrates House Approval of the 2020 Water Resources Development Act
Everglades

Audubon Celebrates House Approval of the 2020 Water Resources Development Act

The bill removes roadblocks to initiate construction of the critical EAA Southern Storage Reservoir Project.

Everglades Program Webinars
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Everglades Program Webinars

Find a variety of Everglades topics covered in these webinars presented by Audubon Florida staff

Poor Wood Stork Nesting in South Florida
Conservation

Poor Wood Stork Nesting in South Florida

Their departure from historic nesting locations in Southwest Florida and across the Everglades is a strong indicator that the quality of our ecosystem has declined and these other places have become more favorable.

Higher Water Levels Make Nesting More Difficult for South Florida Spoonbills
Everglades

Higher Water Levels Make Nesting More Difficult for South Florida Spoonbills

Roseate Spoonbills faced a tough nesting season.

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Gets an Overhaul
Everglades

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Gets an Overhaul

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 nautical miles of unique marine resources.

Banner Year for Everglades Restoration Funding
Everglades

Banner Year for Everglades Restoration Funding

Audubon celebrates record highs at both the state and federal levels.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Research Reveals Threat to Super Ghost Orchid and Wetlands
Everglades

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Research Reveals Threat to Super Ghost Orchid and Wetlands

Drying and wetland loss increase large scale risks of catastrophic wildfire, flooding in big storms, and polluted water fueling Red Tide and Blue-Green Algal blooms.

The Northern Everglades Nutrient Expressway
Everglades

The Northern Everglades Nutrient Expressway

How do we begin solving this traffic nightmare?

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