Audubon Florida News

Topic: Everglades,Videos,Water Issues



Audubon’s Dr. Paul Gray Talks Everglades Restoration

posted on December 13, 2012 in Everglades,Videos,Water Issues

Video: Audubon’s Charles Lee at the Rally to Save Silver Springs

posted on July 17, 2012 in Videos,Water Issues

Audubon Florida Director of Advocacy Charles Lee was a featured speaker at the June 23 Rally to Save Silver Springs.

Take a moment to watch his presentation, then click here to add your name to an important petition to protect Silver Springs.

 

Florida’s Special Places: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

posted on December 13, 2011 in Corkscrew Swamp,FL Special Places,Videos

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – The Heart of the Western Everglades

Florida’s Special Places: Circle B Bar Reserve

posted on December 10, 2011 in Chapters,FL Special Places,Videos

We are so proud to announce that Lake Region Audubon Society has nominated Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County for Florida’s Special Places! Circle B Bar Reserve is an incredible piece of Florida’s natural heritage owned jointly by the Southwest Florida Water Management District and Polk County.

Visit our Facebook Page to nominate your favorite spots in natural Florida! Enjoy this inspiring video and tell us what you think of this special place in the comments section at the bottom:

 

Lake Okeechobee Dike Repairs May Help Natural Systems

posted on November 22, 2011 in Lake Okeechobee,Videos

Audubon continues to press for water conservation as a key part of solving South Florida’s’ water shortage problems. By sharing water between human use and the environment we can restore the Everglades and protect water supplies.

See WPTV’s report on restoration work to Hoover Dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee:

VIDEO: Audubon’s Charles Lee Comments on Swiftmud Layoffs

posted on November 1, 2011 in Videos,Water Issues

Layoffs coming at Swiftmud: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

Audubon Speaks Up on Behalf of Florida’s State Parks

posted on July 6, 2011 in Land Conservation,State Government,Videos

Tarzan Tree at Wakulla RiverIn light of the recently announced proposal to build RV campgrounds in 56 of Florida’s State Parks, Audubon of Florida testified at a public comment hearing at regarding the development of a portion of Wakulla Springs State Park.

Read coverage of this meeting from the Tallahassee Democrat.

The proposal, in its current form, would site a portion of the first magnitude spring’s protected area for development of 120 RV camping areas. Although Audubon is dedicated to working with the state to help promote and protect our parks, we feel the development of 120 RV campgrounds is way too much for the magnificent Wakulla Springs system to handle. In addition, the decision on whether to proceed with construction in the park will be decided on August 19 – too soon to fully study the impacts of this decision.

At the Wakulla Springs meeting, over 150 people crowded the meeting room at the UF/IFAS extension office in Crawfordville. Audubon supporters were part of near 1,000 citizens at the meeting regarding a similar proposal for Honeymoon Island State Park in Pinellas County.

Craig Pittman, of the St. Petersburg Times, covered the Honeymoon Island meeting – read his coverage here. More coverage from the Sarasota Herald Tribune here.

At the Wakulla meeting, speakers were largely upset with the plan and the rush to change the much-beloved landscape surrounding the spring. Fifth generation landowners spoke of discomfort with the rush to build and were joined by past park employees and managers in that assessment. Stay tuned to Audubon of Florida News as we report from meetings across the state.

**UPDATE: The Pinellas County Commission has voted AGAINST the proposal to build these RV developments in Honeymoon Island State Park.

Watch Audubon of Florida Director of Wildlife Conservation Julie Wraithmell as she comments at the hearing for Wakulla Springs State Park.

You can add your comments to the state about this issue in writing or via email. Please write to:

Ms. Jessica K. Sims
3900 Commonwealth Blvd. MS 500
Tallahassee, FL 32399
jessica.k.sims@dep.state.fl.us

 

Audubon of Florida wants to hear from you, too:

Were you at one of the meetings or will you be attending the meetings tonight at De Leon Springs State Park or Fanning Springs State Park? Tell us about it on our Facebook Page or comment at the end of this blog post. We want to know how Florida feels about this proposal!

 

**Update II – Audubon was present at the Fanning Springs State Park meeting. Over 40 people showed up to let their voices be heard in this rural community in North Florida. Our reports indicate that a majority of citizens disapproved of the current plan to build RV Campgrounds in the small park – it’s only 200 acres! Another major concern was the water quality of the spring, which is already impaired. How would an RV camping developments affect this waterway and what is the plan to ensure the increased usage does not impair the it further? If you were there, please post your report in the comment section below!

 

Make this Father’s Day Special – Adopt-a-Bird for Dad!

posted on June 15, 2011 in Events,Videos

Nest_Building.JPG It is almost that time again: On June 19, we recognize those special men who serve as fathers. The special bond between fathers and their children is something we all need to celebrate. Audubon of Florida is helping you do just that by adopting one of nature’s signature bird species.

No more ties, slippers or cologne. Give a gift that a father can enjoy all year long – the beauty and magnificence of nature.

When it comes to fathers, no two are alike. Fathers are such a special species! Click here to adopt-a-bird for your dad, grandfather or husband.

 

Everglades Restoration is on the Chopping Block in the State Budget Proposals

posted on April 6, 2011 in Everglades,Online Advocacy,Videos

Audubon’s goal for funding Everglades restoration is to secure $50 million from state funds and to persuade the South Florida Water Management District to put at least half of its annual property tax collections into restoration projects. You can help right now:

Click here to urge your Senator right now to support Everglades restoration funding in the state budget!

Here is how things look right now:

  • The House funds the Everglades at $26 million.
  • The Senate zeroed out Everglades funding.
  • The Senate appropriations bill has a section directing the South Florida Water Management District to cut is property taxes by 30%. This reduced revenue affect restoration spending by hundreds of millions of dollars in the short and long term.

The Everglades needs your help.

The Senate’s proposed cuts to both state appropriations and spending by the Water District will cause important projects to languish. Funds are needed to build projects to help:

  • Clean up polluted water in the Everglades
  • Recover Lake Okeechobee by storing and treating water
  • Preventing harm to coastal estuaries

Please take time right now and send a letter to your state senator expressing your support for Everglades restoration funding. Tell your Senator that Everglades restoration is important and deserves state and local money.

 

Audubon On the Scene: The 2010 Gulf Oil Crisis

posted on January 3, 2011 in Gulf Oil Spill,Videos

In the early days of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, Audubon mobilized staff and volunteers from around the country to respond to crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. In those hectic early weeks, Audubon cameras captured the good work of our organization in action. Please watch and share this video of Audubon on the scene during the summer of 2010.

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