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

Protecting the St. Lucie Estuary with C-23/24 Stormwater Treatment Area
Everglades

Protecting the St. Lucie Estuary with C-23/24 Stormwater Treatment Area

Friday marked another win for St. Lucie Estuary protection with a groundbreaking event for the C-23/24 Stormwater Treatment Area (STA).

Wandering Spoonbills Tell Us What We Need to Protect the Everglades
Everglades

Wandering Spoonbills Tell Us What We Need to Protect the Everglades

Jerry Lorenz of Audubon Florida tracked this species to shed light on how the iconic "River of Grass" is changing, for better or worse

Scott Water Farm Project Critical Component of Improving Health of the St. Lucie Estuary
News

Ribbon Cutting on Scott Water Farm Project

A ribbon-cutting event celebrated the Scott Water Farm Project on February 11, 2022. It is the fourth water farm initiative in the State of Florida.

2021 Everglades Restoration: A Snapshot of Projects and Funding
News

2021 Everglades Restoration: A Snapshot of Projects and Funding

New map showcases progress in the restoration of the River of Grass.

An Unprecedented Investment in Everglades Restoration and a Giant Step Forward in Climate Resiliency
Everglades

An Unprecedented Investment in Everglades Restoration and a Giant Step Forward in Climate Resiliency

11 million Floridians to benefit through the Biden Administration's infrastructure bill.

Five Big Audubon Florida Wins in 2021
Conservation

Five Big Audubon Florida Wins in 2021

We reflect on strides forward for birds and the places they need.

Climate Change Moves Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay
Everglades

Climate Change Moves Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay

Birds tell us that the impacts of climate change are here.

Completion of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area Means a Healthier Lake Okeechobee
News

Completion of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area Means a Healthier Lake Okeechobee

The completion of the Lakeside Ranch Stormwater Treatment Area this summer is a major step in cleaning water flowing into Lake Okeechobee, and making strides towards restoring this critical ecosystem.

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.

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