Partners and Sponsors

Over its 77 years of researching wildlife and habitat types in the Everglades and the Florida Keys, the Everglades Science Center has had a number of supporters.  Current sponsors of our research program include:

South Florida Water Management District
United States Army Corps of Engineers
United States Department of Interior, National Park Service
Florida International University
National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
Everglades Foundation
The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.
Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

South Florida Water Management District

The South Florida Water Management District is a state government agency charged with managing and protecting the water resources of 16 south Florida counties, from Orlando to the Florida Keys.  In addition to the missions of balancing and improving water quality, flood control, natural systems, and water supply, the agency also leads the state’s efforts to restore the Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management District funds the Everglades Science Center to collect data in the Florida Bay salinity transition zone to document the ecological response of the C-111 Spreader Canal Restoration Project.  They also provide funding for one site on Cape Sable.  Data collected at all sites includes water quality, submerged aquatic vegetation, and prey-based fishes.

 

United States Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District (Corps) is part of a federal agency which specializes in the planning, engineering, construction and management of projects in Florida and the Antilles. Restoring the Everglades is the Corps’ largest ecological restoration effort.  Through the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), the Corps is the federal sponsor that works with the state partner (the South Florida Water Management District) to build, operate, maintain, and repair restoration project features.

CERP provides for ecosystem monitoring, and the Corps funds the Everglades Science Center to collect nest success and nest productivity of Roseate Spoonbills in Florida Bay. Corps funding also allows Audubon science staff to monitor and assess fish and macroinvertebrates in the cypress forests of Big Cypress National Preserve and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.  This baseline data will provide feedback on changes caused by Everglades restoration projects.

 

United States Department of Interior, National Park Service

The National Park Service’s South Florida Natural Resources Center is a division of Everglades National Park that provides scientific information and environmental assessments to the National Park Service units of south Florida and to the Department of the Interior.  The Park Service provides funding for Audubon to monitor three hydrostations on Cape Sable to research the effects of two failing dams and subsequent repairs on nearby marshes.

 

Florida International University

Florida International University (FIU) is a four-year public research university located in Miami, Florida.  FIU’s Southeast Environmental Research Center conducts research throughout the natural areas of South Florida, including Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.  Florida International University funding supports Everglades Science Center’s work in better understanding the effect of wet season hydrologic patterns on prey populations that support wading birds.

 

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency focused on the condition of the oceans and the atmosphere, and among many of their missions is to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.  Through its National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA funds the Everglades Science Center to conduct research at Biscayne Bay coastal wetland sites to develop performance measures to evaluate the success of returning more natural sheetflow to the area through restoration projects.

 

Everglades Foundation

Additionally, Restore Florida Bay is part of Audubon’s overall Everglades Restoration program and would not be possible without the support of the following contributors:

A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, the Everglades Foundation works to protect the Everglades through environmental leadership, scientific expertise and policy experience.  In addition to leveraging science and advocacy to help shape the decisions of stakeholders, the Everglades Foundation fosters collaboration among like-minded organizations and provides grants to conservation partners, including Audubon of Florida.  The Foundation has become a respected and important advocate for the sustainability of one of the world’s unique ecosystems, and in 2010, awarded matching programming grants of more $1.3 million to 13 environmental organizations.

 

The Batchelor Foundation, Inc.

 

The Batchelor Foundation was created by Mr. George Batchelor in 1995. Since his passing in 2002, his family continues to support his love of science, nature, health and environmental advocacy programs. The Foundation has been a critical source of funding for Audubon of Florida’s science programs throughout Florida, as well as an avid supporter of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

 

Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund

RestoreFloridaBay.com is possible by funds from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund (DWCF).  The DWCF is a global awards program for the study and protection of the world’s wildlife and ecosystems. DWCF has supported more than 800 projects with more than $14 million in grants in 110 countries.  Over many years, the Fund has supported Audubon’s Everglades Science Center, Florida Coastal Islands Sanctuaries and the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey. Disney also provided emergency funding during the Gulf Oil Crisis for Audubon to organize volunteers to protect beach nesting birds and coordinate with agencies on best practices in sensitive nesting areas.

 

 

Additional contributors to Audubon’s Everglades work includes:

Perkins Charitable Foundation

The J.M. Kaplan Fund

Islamorada Fishing and Conservation Trust

Ocean Reef Conservation Association

A variety of individual donors also give generously to support Audubon of Florida’s Everglades program and Everglades Science Center research.   We couldn’t do this without you!

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