A roseate spoonbill explores the freshwaters of the Big Cypress Swamp on Friday, Dec. 16, near Clyde Butcher’s Big Cypress Gallery in Ochopee.

As we move steadily toward the final days of 2022, we’ve got our eyes trained on new goals in the year ahead.

In 2023, our focus will turn quickly to the looming 60-day state legislative session — a time when lawmakers consider bills that have a significant impact on Florida’s fragile environment. We expect the 2023 session, which will run from March 7 to May 5, to require in-depth analysis, citizen engagement and fast action.

Rest assured, you can count on Friends of the Everglades to track important bills, highlight key players, and issue calls to action when we need your voices to weigh in.

It’s important work that influences the future of this vital, one-of-a-kind ecosytem, and we can’t do it without you.

Florida’s polluters and profiteers aren’t taking any time off. With your help, we can meet them head-on. If you can, help us close out 2022 with an end-of-year gift to Friends of the Everglades that will help us hit the ground running in 2023.

We also invite you to check out our Marjory’s Circle program — an alliance of who donors provide us with dedicated funding that helps to sustain the legacy of our founder, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Find out how to become a member by clicking here.