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 twentieth-century efforts to ditch, dike, and drain the watershed for development and agriculture, the Everglades is only now beginning to recover.

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
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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
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Lake Okeechobee and the Central Everglades

Lake Okeechobee is the liquid heart of the Central Everglades.

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Florida Bay
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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
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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

Step Forward in Ongoing Everglades Restoration
Everglades

Step Forward in Ongoing Everglades Restoration

The C-43 Reservoir will improve water quality and work toward preventing algal blooms in the Caloosahatchee Estuary.

Corkscrew Watershed Initiative Aims to Conserve Heart of the Western Everglades
Chapters & Centers

Corkscrew Watershed Initiative Aims to Conserve Heart of the Western Everglades

As development continues to rapidly advance in Southwest Florida, conservation of Western Everglades habitat is more important than ever—particularly in the 70,000-acre Corkscrew Watershed, home of the more than 13,000 acres of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

Central Everglades Planning Project North Groundbreaking
Everglades

Central Everglades Planning Project North Groundbreaking

The project is critical to Everglades restoration and marks a major step forward in our pursuit of a healthy Everglades.

State of the Slough: Fall 2023
Everglades

State of the Slough: Fall 2023

At the southern end of Everglades National Park, a series of sloughs convey freshwater to the Florida Bay estuary. Audubon researchers track these freshwater deliveries (or lack thereof) and their impacts on the ecology of Taylor Slough and the Bay.

2023 Everglades Restoration: A Snapshot of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Projects and Funding
Everglades

2023 Everglades Restoration: A Snapshot of the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Projects and Funding

As the year comes to a close, here's an accounting of restoration progress-to-date on both fronts.

The Pink Wave: Birds and Hurricanes
Everglades

The Pink Wave: Birds and Hurricanes

Blown in by Hurricane Idalia, American Flamingos have landed as far north as Wisconsin all the way south to Collier County and the Florida Keys, including a record sighting in Alachua County.

Picayune Strand Restoration Approaches the Finish Line
Everglades

Picayune Strand Restoration Approaches the Finish Line

As the first Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Program project to begin construction, the Picayune Strand Restoration Project will restore water flows to a portion of Collier County in Southwest Florida.

State of the Everglades: A Letter from Kelly Cox - Fall 2023
Everglades

State of the Everglades: A Letter from Kelly Cox - Fall 2023

Read the latest from our director of Everglades policy.

Swallow-tailed Kites Staging at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
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Swallow-tailed Kites Staging at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

The Sanctuary and other locations in the Everglades serve as the last chance for these raptors to refuel before migration.

American Flamingo Released in Tampa Bay Will Shed Light on Flamingo Invasion
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American Flamingo Released in Tampa Bay Will Shed Light on Flamingo Invasion

Audubon Florida attaches transmitter to track its movements, fate.

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