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
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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

Audubon Celebrates U.S. House Approval of $200 million for Everglades Restoration
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Audubon Celebrates U.S. House Approval of $200 million for Everglades Restoration

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Appropriations Minibus H.R. 2740 containing $200 million in FY2020 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Program to implement Everglades restoration.

Four big victories for America's Everglades
Everglades

Four Big Victories for America’s Everglades

Audubon Florida has been hard at work, and over the last month, some significant victories have materialized in the shape of increased federal funding for Everglades restoration, major milestones for two critical restoration projects, and a major shift in water management that is giving Lake Okeechobee a fighting chance at recovery.

New Hope for South Florida Water Management District
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STATEMENT: New Hope for South Florida Water Management District

— Audubon Applauds Appointment of Drew Bartlett as SFWMD Executive Director
President’s Proposed Budget Cuts Hint at Less Money for the Everglades
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STATEMENT: President’s Proposed Budget Cuts Hint at Less Money for the Everglades

— Audubon Urges Congress to Support $200M Federal Commitment to River Of Grass
Audubon Celebrates Judge's Decision to Protect Everglades Water Quality and Restoration Progress
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Audubon Celebrates Judge's Decision to Protect Everglades Water Quality and Restoration Progress

— “Fantastic news! Today’s denial by Judge Moreno is a huge win for America’s Everglades, the people of Florida, and the wildlife that depend on this incredible ecosystem. We’re grateful Judge Moreno stopped this unnecessary distraction from Everglades restoration. South Florida’s water quality and quantity needs are urgent, and I’m looking forward to refocusing on the restoration of Florida’s famed River of Grass.”
Audubon Florida Praises Gov. DeSantis’ Environmental Budget Recommendations for Water
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Audubon Florida Praises Gov. DeSantis’ Environmental Budget Recommendations

— In response to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ environmental budget recommendations announced today, Audubon Florida Executive Director Julie Wraithmell expressed optimism and said the following
Lake Okeechobee S.O.S. – A Healthy Lake is a Balanced Everglades
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Lake Okeechobee S.O.S. – A Healthy Lake is a Balanced Everglades

Florida’s greatest lake was in the news this year for all the wrong reasons. Record phosphorus inflows, persistent harmful blue-green algal blooms, high water levels, and harmful estuary releases inundated Lake Okeechobee and the downstream ecosystems.

Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center Guides Restoration
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Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center Guides Restoration

Over the summer, Audubon’s Western Everglades Research Center helped collect data on fish, frogs, and aquatic invertebrates in the Picayune Strand Restoration Project. These wetland fauna tell scientists and project managers how restoration is going. Picayune Strand was the very first Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) project to be started back in 2007.

Southern Everglades Projects Coming Together for Florida Bay
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Southern Everglades Projects Coming Together for Florida Bay

Florida Bay and Everglades National Park are choked from the freshwater they need. Two exciting developments are changing that.

Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles!
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Audubon-Championed Everglades Reservoir Passes State and Federal Hurdles!

With the support of Audubon members, the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir is getting closer to breaking ground after significant victories in Tallahassee and Washington. This top Everglades priority will clean, store, and move water south of Lake Okeechobee- restoring the historic freshwater flows through the parched Greater Everglades Ecosystem and into Florida Bay.

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