Maggy Hurchalla was an Everglades activist who worked with Friends of the Everglades for many years, even working directly with our founder Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

She was a wealth of freely-shared information and a fierce advocate of Florida’s environment. She was a spirited adventurer and an accomplished kayaker that could put paddlers half her age to shame. And she was one of the greatest storytellers we’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

Maggy passed away on February 19, 2022, leaving a tremendous hole in the heart of Florida’s environmental community who looked to her as a leader of conservation advocacy until her final days. She is greatly missed by many, and we carry on the work to protect Florida’s wild spaces in her honor.

The video below is an excerpt from Guardians of Our Troubled Waters, a film by David Weintraub and the Center for Cultural Preservation. It is a wonderful exhibit of Maggy’s vast knowledge, tenacity, and sense of humor. You can find more information and purchase the film at