The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

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Join Audubon Florida, Audubon Society of the Everglades & Conservation Partners for a Community Forum on the Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge on:

Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6:30-8:00 pm

FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center 6301 Summit Blvd. West Palm Beach, FL . . . → Read More: The Future of the A.R.M Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge

Sun Sentinel June 15 – Water district might take over management of refuge – op ed by Susan Davis

Don’t take away our refuge Shirley Decurcey and_Telma Rodriguez, both of Pompano Beach, ride a Canoe at ARM Loxahatchee Refuge during the 17th Annual Everglades Day on Feb. 20, 2015 (Orit Ben-Ezzer /) by Susan Davis

. . . → Read More: Sun Sentinel June 15 – Water district might take over management of refuge – op ed by Susan Davis

April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!

Don’t miss “The Wonder List” two-part season finale, an hour on the Alps at 9pm and an hour on the Everglades

http://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/04/08/wonder-list-skype-everglades-orig.cnn/video/playlists/wonder-list-skype-originals/

, on Sunday, April 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNN.

CNN’s Bill Weir and filmmaker Philip Bloom tell the stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures at a crossroads. http://www.cnn.com/shows/wonder-list The . . . → Read More: April 12 Sunday 10 pm CNN – TV Special on Everglades!

CONSERVATION UPDATE

1) SFWMD Meeting – April 9 9am

Governor Rick Scott and his appointed water managers are refusing to buy sugar land needed to restore the Everglades and protect the coasts. Tell them it’s not okay. The Governor and the Governing Board of the South Florida Water Management District are putting . . . → Read More: CONSERVATION UPDATE

Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

For those who are not able to travel to Tallahassee for Everglades Day in Tallahassee we are hosting a Virtual Lobby Day! Since you won’t be able to meet with your Legislators, you can call them. Even if you have called before, we want to flood the Capitol with calls on Tuesday. Just picture it, . . . → Read More: Need Everglades support – telephone Tallahassee tomorrow Tuesday Apr 7!

TAKE ACTION – RESTORE AMERICA’S EVERGLADES WATER!

Be social. Share this message: Audubon Florida Restore: March 2015 View in Web Browser Take Action: Stop the Assault on Everglades Restoration Send your comments to the Army Corps of Engineers using our email form. Photo by Mac Stone. The Southern Everglades and Florida Bay contain vital foraging and nesting grounds that Roseate . . . → Read More: TAKE ACTION – RESTORE AMERICA’S EVERGLADES WATER!

Jan 8 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!

Instead of LOOKING at birds, this month we will PROTECT our birds by assembling together at the Ag Reserve Hearing at 9:30 am in West Palm Beach. Palm Beach County’s Ag Reserve lands protect the vital Loxahatchee Refuge by acting as a buffer between development and natural Everglades environment. Print off suggested talking points here . . . → Read More: Jan 8 – 2nd Thursday “Leader’s Choice” Field Trip DETAILS!

Everglades Day Program now online

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The schedule of events for Everglades Day is now viewable. See below! The full program, with map and more information, is available as a PDF at this link.

Speakers, walks, etc:

Everglades Day just around the corner

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Sat., Feb 12, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everglades Day, ARM Loxahatchee NWR.

SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY FEB 12, 2011!

Who: Come one, come all —free, family friendly, for public of all ages! What: 12th Annual Everglades Day Festival — “FOREVERGLADES” Where: Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road, Boynton Beach, . . . → Read More: Everglades Day just around the corner

12th Annual Everglades Day, Feb 12, 2011

Saturday February 12, 2011 8am-4pm

Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge 10216 Lee Road , Boynton Beach

12th Annual Everglades Day Festival – “Foreverglades ”

PRESCRIBED BURN – 12 Noon (WEATHER PERMITTING)

As we focus on SCIENCE this year, “Foreverglades”, the 12th Annual Everglades Day Festival at A.R.M. Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, is bringing . . . → Read More: 12th Annual Everglades Day, Feb 12, 2011

Everglades Day, February 12, 2011

It’s never too early to plan for Everglades Day, the annual showcase event at the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. This season’s event takes place on February 12, 2011. The theme is “Foreverglades.” This free festival runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, see our Everglades Day webpage, or download . . . → Read More: Everglades Day, February 12, 2011

Melaleuca removal at Loxahatchee NWR to air in primetime, Oct 26

Slightly edited USFWS press release below; nice to see our local refuge hitting prime time!

The sun was barely up, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees were briefing Mike Rowe on the day they had planned for him: He would head deep into the Florida Everglades on an airboat and wade into the waist-deep . . . → Read More: Melaleuca removal at Loxahatchee NWR to air in primetime, Oct 26

Johnny Jones passes away

Johnny Jones, executive director of the Florida Wildlife Federation in the 1970s and 1980s, has passed away. He was a leader in combating the environmental destruction that confronts Florida today: ill-conceived drainage plans, the over development of marginal lands, and the destruction of the Everglades ecosystem. Jones spearheaded the major effort to address the ecological . . . → Read More: Johnny Jones passes away

Everglades Day Festival coming up

It’s here! Come to the 11th Annual Everglades Day Festival –“Arts in the Everglades ”

Saturday Feb 6, 8am-4pm at Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, 10216 Lee Road , Boynton Beach

In this official “Year of the Everglades”, come visit and enjoy our precious heritage with trained guides and special tours, outdoor canoeing, . . . → Read More: Everglades Day Festival coming up

National Public Lands Day September 26

This Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day, a great day to get out and check out the happenings at our local NWR, the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. The grand opening of their visitor center is coming up (Saturday, October 17), so why not head over there early and check out . . . → Read More: National Public Lands Day September 26

FL developers seek to downlist Wood Stork

Florida’s development community has admitted that their recent effort to downlist the Wood Stork from federal Endangered status to Threatened is merely the first step in an attempt to get them removed from protection by the ESA completely. Read the story in the Sun-Sentinel, or follow the jump to the next page for a few . . . → Read More: FL developers seek to downlist Wood Stork

Everglades Day program

The program for Everglades Day is now available; it’s a 1.5MB download, but worth the wait!

Everglades Day

This year’s Everglades Day will take place on February 7, 2009. For more information, visit our Everglades Day page.

SFWMD votes to acquire US Sugar Land

The governing board of the South Florida Water Management District voted 4-3 to accept the terms of the US Sugar land buyout, “subject to amendment.” While we’re not quite sure what the legal status of that phrase is, one thing is clear: the possibility of recreating sheet flow south of Lake Okeechobee is still alive.

. . . → Read More: SFWMD votes to acquire US Sugar Land

AoF says Everglades at Tipping Point; Bold Action Required

Audubon of Florida today released a call for bold action on Everglades restoration in light of scientific consideration that this unique ecosystem is reaching an ecological tipping point beyond which environmental degradation becomes irreversible. “As the National Research Council found, to do nothing is to do harm,” Executive Director David Anderson said. “That is . . . → Read More: AoF says Everglades at Tipping Point; Bold Action Required

Everglades Restoration delayed…again.

Our friendly neighborhood lawyers have derailed Everglades restoration yet again. Mod Waters, the original and still the most important element of restoration, which long predates CERP, has been put on hold yet again, as the Miccosukee tribe objects to the project in court. From Audubon of Florida:

Construction of a 1-mile bridge along an eastern . . . → Read More: Everglades Restoration delayed…again.

US Sugar Deal approved by SFWMD

The Miami Herald reports the approval of the SFWMD board for the new deal. Just yesterday, AoF circulated a press release touting the virtues of the revised deal, which allows the state to purchase the US Sugar lands, but leaves the other assets to the company. Here is an excerpt from AoF’s press release:

The . . . → Read More: US Sugar Deal approved by SFWMD

When it rains, it pours

Despite the damaging releases of polluted Lake O water down the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie “rivers,” the water is piling up all over south Florida: in the Big Cypress, in the Water Conservation areas, and in Everglades National Park itself. According to a story in this morning’s Miami Herald, the water levels are threatening deer . . . → Read More: When it rains, it pours

National Research Council report on Everglades Restoration

The news is about what could be expected: nearly 10 years after beginning Everglades restoration, no major component is complete. The 50-50 partnership established in 2000 isn’t faring too well either: the federal government isn’t paying its share, and the state has been unable to focus its priorities effectively.

All this in the National Research . . . → Read More: National Research Council report on Everglades Restoration

Meeting re Inland Port in Clewiston

This just in from Hendry County:

JOINT GOVERNMENTAL MEETING BETWEEN HENDRY COUNTY AND THE CITIES OF CLEWISTON AND LABELLE

The public is invited to attend a joint governmental meeting between Hendry County and the Cities of Clewiston and Labelle on the South Florida Inland Port Project. The meeting will be held on October 2, 2008 . . . → Read More: Meeting re Inland Port in Clewiston

AoF’s comments to SFWMD re Lake O

For those of you who don’t get the email updates, here are the comments from Audubon of Florida about the U.S. Sugar purchase and the restoration of Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. The gist is this: buy the land south of Lake O and use it for filter marshes so we can release water to . . . → Read More: AoF’s comments to SFWMD re Lake O

SFWMD to meet about land acquisition

This just in from the SFWMD:

The South Florida Water Management District Governing Board is scheduled to meet this week on Wednesday and Thursday, September 10-11, 2008. On Wednesday, September 10, District staff will be providing an update on the “River of Grass” land acquisition project during the scheduled Board committee meetings and workshop. The . . . → Read More: SFWMD to meet about land acquisition

More from SFWMD on US Sugar acquisition

I hate to go so long between posts, and then when I do, I hate to do two in a row from the SFWMD, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes. Long business trip this week, and the only “newsy” news came from them. So, direct from the press office at the water management . . . → Read More: More from SFWMD on US Sugar acquisition

SFWMD fact sheet re US Sugar negotiations and “sunshine” law

Below is the press release from the South Florida Water Management District about the way they handled the negotiations with U.S. Sugar, and the timeline for the remainder of the process. Our Conservation Committee attends the SFWMD’s public meetings, and will be able to monitor developments as they occur.

. . . → Read More: SFWMD fact sheet re US Sugar negotiations and “sunshine” law

Everglades Restoration sessions webcast

GEER 2008 is this week. GEER is the Greater Everglades Ecosystem Restoration Planning, Policy and Science Meeting For Everglades Restoration 2050 – Advancing the Science to Achieve Success July 28-August 1, 2008, Naples, FL

The webcast is available here beginning Tuesday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m.

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