There are over 90 species of butterflies found in the Everglades, including this one — the Long-tailed Skipper. It’s just one example of the incredible diversity of species in this treasured ecosystem. Friends of the Everglades is dedicated to protecting America’s Everglades and its inhabitants through our policy advocacy, scientific research, and educational outreach. You can invest in the grassroots movement to save the Everglades this Earth Day by contributing $22 on April 22, 2022. Your support will help us stand up for one of the most ecologically biodiverse regions of the world. Give back today to make a positive impact. After all, this planet is home — and it’s the only one we’ve got.
Spotted in the Everglades: A critically endangered smalltooth sawfish A friend of the Everglades recently took a boat trip from Flamingo to the Shark River basin where he shared a chance encounter with an extremely special Everglades species. In the video below, you'll see the protruding double dorsal fins and tail of a smalltooth sawfish as it patrols the shallow shoreline of Shark River. The species gets it name from its most distinct feature, detailed in the drawing above — a long, flat snout lined with teeth that looks like a saw and is known as a rostrum. These saws are extremely sensitive to currents given off by [...]
We have a system that helps us identify impaired water bodies. We have established targets for necessary pollution reduction to bring water bodies back to health. But the state of Florida is failing to crack down on polluters by adequately enforcing these rules. The results are catastrophic. Just look to the prolonged red tide event happening right now on the west coast for proof. We'd like to extend a big thanks to Jacki Lopez of Center for Biological Diversity, Justin Bloom of Suncoast Waterkeeper, and our own Gil Smart for sharing their insight and knowledge with us as we talked red tide during today's Clean Water Conversation. If you missed the event today, you can find the full recording below. And as recommended during [...]
The Everglades is vast, and restoration is complex. We're breaking it down visually for you. *Rectangles indicate general study areas New toll road would cut through vital panther territory Last week, two South Florida lawmakers filed legislation to kill the construction of three controversial toll roads through rural Florida known as M-CORES. The proposed "Roads to Ruin," slated to span hundreds of miles from southern Georgia to Collier County, would carve directly through territory identified as critical for one of Florida's most iconic and elusive species: the Florida panther. Panther sightings identified above as orange dots by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission paint a grave picture for the big cats when overlaid with the three study areas being considered for construction. The new toll roads would span the heart of panther [...]
Remind yourself of the natural world we're fighting for by joining an artist talk with Everglades photographer Clyde Butcher 2-3 p.m. Feb. 11. The virtual event, co-hosted by Friends of the Everglades and the Arts Council of Martin County, will take place on Zoom and allow audience members to ask questions via the chat. Tickets are $25 and will be available via this link on Jan. 21. Butcher’s America’s Everglades photography exhibit is on display now through March 13 at the Arts Council’s Court House Cultural Center in Stuart. We're offering after-hours access to the exhibit to our Marjory's Circle members. Email email@example.com to book a private visit to see the exhibit.
The Florida Bonneted Bat, one of the rarest and most endangered species of bat in the world, is relying on the designation of critical habitat in Florida, partially located in Everglades National Park, for its best chance of recovery and survival. Known for its large ears that push forward over a wrinkled face, this beloved species is at odds with rising seas and ongoing development across South Florida. Found in only a small number of counties in or around Florida’s Everglades, the bat’s exact population is unknown but is thought to be small and ever-decreasing. In the attached comments, Friends of the Everglades joined the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation organizations in response to the U.S. Fish and [...]