Everglades Science Center in Tavernier hosted their first ever Open House on April 20th. This event offered the community an opportunity to tour the facility, meet the science team, and learn more about the center’s 78 year history of research in Florida Bay. The over 300 guests in attendance enjoyed live music, door prizes, a silent auction, local cuisine, nature walks, and talks from Audubon staff. The message prevailed that the continued data collection and analysis work of Everglades Science Center is essential to enable informed decisions to correctly regulate the freshwater flow through South Florida. Guests were reminded that Florida Bay is more fragile than ever. Restoration of the Everglades and Florida Bay will affect other marine environments of the Keys, including coral reefs, as Florida Bay serves as a nursery for many reef fish, game fish, dolphins and manatees.
The Free Press released an article recently quoting Everglades Science Center’s Research Manager Pete Frezza: “With this data (that Everglades Science Center collects and analyzes), we hope to influence water managers, elected officials and Congress. Restoration of the Everglades requires congressional action. Hearsay doesn’t get you anywhere, but data and good science does. That’s what we do here.”
Read the full article about the life of Bob Allen and the beginnings of Everglades Science Center here:
Ornithologist Left Legacy of Local Science