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Topic: Lake Okeechobee,Publications,Water Issues,Wildlife



Fact Sheet: Crisis in the Indian River Lagoon

posted on August 15, 2013 in Lake Okeechobee,Publications,Water Issues,Wildlife

Audubon_IndianRiverLagoon_Solutions_CoverImage_August2013There is an ecological crisis in Indian River Lagoon. Large quantities of water with high levels of nutrient pollution from Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Basin are being discharged to tide, leading to toxic algae blooms in the Lagoon’s waters. There have been numerous, mysterious reports of deaths of Pelicans, manatees, and dolphins in the area. Harmful bacteria have also been detected in some areas, making the water dangerous for human contact.

Learn more about this issue and what Audubon Florida recommends to protect the Indian River Lagoon and Caloosahatchee Estuary by downloading the Crisis in the Indian River Lagoon: Solutions for an Imperiled Ecosystem fact sheet here.

Now Available: Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine – Spring 2013

posted on April 17, 2013 in Publications

Download your copy of our popular conservation magazine right now – and share with your friends!

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We often talk about Audubon Florida’s equation for success –Science + Policy + Advocacy = Results. Our signature Coastal Conservation program is no exception. We are a living, breathing family of staff, volunteers, supporters, partners, and the birds we are united around protecting.

In the latest edition of the Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine, we celebrate the year’s coastal milestones—births, marriages, anniversaries, a new home purchase and acquisition, and memorials—and look to the renewal of the coming breeding bird season.

Take advantage of this free download of our popular magazine to learn more about the inspiring community efforts to protect Florida’s resilient coast and other important conservation issues facing our state.

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Also, don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our blog to get the latest conservation news, information, and breaking alerts throughout the year. We love interacting with you and reading about your passion for Florida’s environment!

Thank you for all that you do and enjoy the latest Naturalist! – The Audubon Florida Team

P.S. Don’t miss the special section on Saving Florida’s Coastal Islands on pages 8-9!

Florida Gulf Ecosystem Priorities for the RESTORE Act

posted on February 25, 2013 in Gulf Oil Spill,Publications

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The Gulf Coast is one of the most biologically rich places on Earth.  The RESTORE Act creates a mechanism to harness penalties from the Deepwater Horizon disaster to benefit this special place with a balance of ecosystem restoration and appropriate economic projects. Download Audubon’s Florida Gulf Ecosystem Priorities for the RESTORE Act to learn more.

Audubon Florida, working in concert with other Gulf state Audubon offices, Gulf Audubon chapters and allied conservation organizations, proposes a science-driven set of priority projects that are likely to have the greatest ecological impact on the entire Gulf coast and especially Florida’s vulnerable coastal areas.

Florida has an important legacy of ecological planning efforts inform restoration of the Gulf of Mexico and its bird populations. In Florida, our ecology IS our economy, and we know that the integrity of the Gulf and its habitats supports our economic well-being.

Audubon is particularly focused on projects and ongoing programs that will help secure the future of waterbirds, seabirds and shorebirds in the Gulf.  Birds, including the iconic brown pelican, were especially hard hit during and after the oil spill.  Yet issues that threaten these species relate to a larger range of challenges and solutions. Learn more by downloading our latest publication Florida Gulf Ecosystem Priorities for the RESTORE Act.

State of the Everglades – Fall/Winter 2012

posted on January 7, 2013 in Everglades,Publications

Audubon_SOTE_Cover_WINTER2012Audubon’s Winter Report on the State of the Everglades is now available for download!

Everglades success means restoring freshwater flows to bring back wildlife and the super-colonies of wading birds that once defined a healthy ecosystem.

Audubon uses the iconic birds of the Everglades –Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Everglade Snail Kites, and Southern Bald Eagles – as indicators and messengers of ecological results. The Everglades is also part of the Atlantic Flyway. While resident water-dependent birds are our conservation focus, the ecosystem provides critical stopover foraging habitat for many migratory birds.

Take a moment to check out our latest report for a comprehensive and concise examination of this special place and the restoration projects designed to protect our remarkable River of Grass.

Please click here to download our free State of the Everglades Report. And don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and our blog to get the latest Everglades news, information, and ways to help throughout the year.

Happy New Year from the Audubon Florida Everglades Conservation Team!

P.S. View the map of Florida on pages 2-3 to see all the places Audubon Florida is on the ground working to protect and restore the Greater Everglades Ecosystem!

Audubon Florida Naturalist 2012 Annual Report Now Available!

posted on December 12, 2012 in Publications

Audubon_Naturalist_AnnualReport_2012_coverA special note from Audubon Florida Executive Director Eric Draper:

Friends,

As a part of Audubon Florida’s online conservation network, you helped us achieve many of the accomplishments described on pages 6 to 8 in our new state annual report. From writing your legislators to stop bad bills to showing up at important hearings to sending your contribution in to support efforts such as the acquisition of Lanark Reef; we couldn’t have experienced this really big year without you.

We hope you share this early preview of the Audubon Florida Naturalist with your family, friends, fellow employees, and other Audubon members. Encourage them to get involved like you have been. Consider downloading it onto your e-reader and starting a library for your Audubon Florida Naturalists.

Click here to download the Audubon Florida Naturalist 2012 Annual Report

With tremendous gratitude,

Eric Draper and the entire Audubon Florida Family

 

P.S. And, if you are still looking for gifts for conservation-minded on your gift list, look on the back page.

Fact Sheet: Everglades Restoration is…

posted on October 1, 2012 in Everglades,Publications

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Summer 2012 Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine Now Available

posted on September 20, 2012 in Publications

Hot off the presses!

Click here to download the latest edition of the Audubon Florida Naturalist Magazine.

This season’s edition is focused on Florida’s incredible natural water resources and features a wonderful interview with famed author Cynthia Barnett – who also happens to keynoting the Audubon Assembly banquet dinner in October!

Let us know what you think in the comment section below or on Facebook. Enjoy!

Press Release: Everglades Restoration Moves Forward

posted on August 2, 2012 in Press Releases,Publications

For Immediate Release: August 2, 2012

Contact: Julie Hill-Gabriel, Director of Everglades Policy, jhill-gabriel@audubon.org, 305-371-6399 x136

Download PDF: http://bit.ly/MTaVba

 

Everglades Restoration Moves Forward

Audubon Florida commends Senator Bill Nelson

Miami, FL – Today Audubon Florida expressed support for legislation filed by Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) to approve four Everglades restoration projects and make them eligible for federal funding.

The four projects included in the bill store and treat water in Broward County before it flows to the southern Everglades, while also improving the health and vibrancy of Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay, and the Caloosahatchee Estuary. Additionally, projects that complete the restoration planning process in the next five years are authorized in this bill – a provision that ensures Everglades restoration momentum continues.

“Senator Nelson’s legislation moves Everglades restoration forward. The projects in his bill are all necessary steps toward getting more fresh water into the parched Everglades, ” said Eric Draper, Audubon Florida’s Executive Director.

The legislation takes a new approach to the authorization of restoration projects, a critical procedural hurdle. Rather than waiting for a national Water Resources Development Act to be passed, which has not happened since 2007, the bill focuses only on Everglades-specific projects, and will help some of Florida’s most iconic wildlife.

“Today Senator Nelson answered the call from Greater Everglades advocates who are tired of waiting for Congress to act,” said Julie Hill-Gabriel, Audubon Florida’s Director of Everglades Policy. “While citizens wait for politicians to take action, the Everglades is dying. That could turn around today with this new legislation.”

For more information, please download our fact sheet: http://bit.ly/MTaVba.

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Photo by Mac Stone

Celebrate Water Conservation Month in April, But Save Water Every Day of the Year

posted on April 18, 2012 in Everglades,Publications,Water Issues

April has been proclaimed Water Conservation Month in Florida by Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Environment Protection.

Last week the South Florida Water Management District Governing Board joined the celebration and passed a resolution that urged water conservation awareness throughout South Florida.

Conservation is cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to ensure sustainable water resources for our future. Every drop helps!  Florida’s wildlife depend on abundant clean water resources to sustain their habitats throughout Florida. Reducing human water consumption can help provide food, water, and shelter for birds.

Municipalities, counties, businesses, and residents have multiple opportunities to save water with minimal effort and maximum savings. Click here for Audubon’s top 10 tips for saving water in Florida and fact sheet on water conservation.

The simple act of saving water can have enormous benefits. In an outstanding success story, Cooper City faced the prospect of having to spend $12 million on a new water treatment plant for public water supplies. Instead, Cooper City developed innovative water conservation program- You Win, We All Win program that asked residents to save 5 percent of total water use by 2013. It is not even 2013 yet and water savings almost doubled, without having to spend those extra millions of dollars on a new treatment plant. Click here for Cooper City’s water conservation tips to residents.

Join Audubon Florida in congratulating Cooper City’s outstanding effort in water conservation on April 24 for first ever Excellence in Water Conservation Award. Audubon will present at Cooper City Commission meeting at 6 pm at Cooper City City Hall, 9090 Southwest 50th Place, Cooper City, FL 33328.

Cities, businesses, and residents are joining in to protect Florida’s natural resources! What do you do to conserve water? Let us know in the comment section below or on the Protect the WEB Facebook Page.

Audubon Florida Naturalist Spring 2012 Now Available!

posted on April 6, 2012 in Publications

The spring 2012 edition of the Audubon Florida Naturalist is now available! Click here to download your PDF copy and get the very latest about Audubon Florida’s amazing coastal conservation programs.

Do you love shorebirds, watching them nest, and then raise their young on Florida’s coastline? Then this edition is for you. Get the latest and learn how you can help! Enjoy and please let us know what you think in the comment section below or on our Facebook Page!

Remember, without the birds – it’s just a beach!

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