Everglades National Park is currently undertaking a large-scale update to their General Management Plan (GMP) that will provide broad guidance for management of the Park’s resources for at least the next 20 years. Audubon supports the National Park Service’s preferred plan because it strikes the right balance of protecting and improving conditions for birds and wildlife while also allowing for significant visitor access to continue.
Audubon’s Everglades Scientists working in Florida Bay found that increasing boat traffic across shallow seagrass habitat contributed to a decline in wading bird nesting in Florida Bay. One of the GMP’s most important proposals is to designate a greater area as a “Poll and Troll” zone, where boats can enter using a push poll or a non-combustion trolling motor.
This will avoid scarring and killing sea grass beds that support fish and wildlife as well as minimizing disturbance to nesting, foraging, and roosting water bird species like the iconic Roseate Spoonbill.
You are strongly encouraged to edit and personalize the below message. Tell park administrators why protecting seagrass habitat and wading birds is important to you. For more information, please click here to visit the official Everglades National Park Draft Management Plan website.
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