This past weekend, Audubon Florida and our chapters and allies celebrated Everglades restoration progress and discussed next steps at the 29th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference at the Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club.
Congratulations to Audubon Society of the Everglades President Cynthia Plockelman, for receiving the Everglades Coalition’s 2014 John Kabler Grassroots Activism Award. The Kabler Award is awarded to someone who has worked to organize and educate the public and generate grassroots support for Everglades restoration.
After retiring from a 40 year career at the South Florida Water Management District where she managed their reference center and archives, Cynthia became a full-time grassroots environmental advocate. She is a tireless voice for Everglades restoration, wildlife conservation and protecting our water, attending numerous meetings at local, regional, and state levels, and speaking with decision makers. In addition to being the president of Audubon Society of the Everglades and a former Audubon Florida board member, Cynthia is active with the Everglades Coalition, Friends of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Florida Native Plant Society, Society of the Everglades, and several other environmental organizations.
The Coalition saluted Cynthia’s lifetime of unwavering support for the Everglades and Florida’s native plants and wildlife, and recognized her at the Saturday banquet with a Clyde Butcher photograph.