You Are the Voice of Conservation in Florida

Election Day produced remarkable results for Florida’s wildlife and water. Working together we got 75% of Florida voters to vote YES on the Water and Land Conservation Amendment. This extraordinary change to Florida’s constitution guarantees millions of dollars will be spent each year for wildlife habitat, parks, beaches and water. The things we love about Florida can be saved forever.

It was an exciting campaign -- we gathered 900,000 signatures to get on the ballot, and then worked together to win over four million votes. When we celebrated our victory, we hoped the work was done. But it turns out there’s much more to do. We must now remind legislators to carry out the will of the voters by budgeting funds to preserve and restore land for water and wildlife.  There is a risk that legislators will spend the funds on other priorities and continue to neglect Florida’s environment.  We must not remain silent.

The 2014 Florida Legislative Session was also a success for Audubon Advocates. With our allies, Audubon advocated for funding and policy decisions to help springs, coastal waters, conservation lands, and the Everglades. The results included more than $156 million for the Everglades and coastal estuaries. The state will use this money to better manage and treat water before they release it into the natural environment. Audubon also worked hard to create springs protection programs. The Legislature approved roughly $31.7 million for springs’ protection and promises to address this issue further next year. 

Audubon Advocates had a key role in these success stories – they remind people why Florida is special and worth fighting for. They show up and tell their stories so legislators don’t just hear from lobbyists. Staff provides timely updates so that people who are not in Tallahassee know what is going on and can stay involved in this process. We operate the strongest online conservation advocacy network in Florida with 32,000 members generating thousands of letters and emails from critical calls to action.

Your donation helps fund these efforts. When bad ideas call for immediate conservation action, Audubon is able to inform thousands of Advocates and volunteers at a moment’s notice. This is an invaluable tool for our policy team who are up against difficult odds at the Capitol. Thanks to you, Audubon has helped Floridians keep a conservation eye on their elected officials.

Your investment funds our social media engine and policy staff in Tallahassee which informs thousands of volunteers each week about fast breaking news and when conservation action is needed.


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No challenge is insurmountable when you have an organization like Audubon Florida by your side. A good example is the thousands of hours Audubon staff and volunteers have poured into the petition drive to put the Water and Land Conservation Amendment on the 2014 ballot.

"Because of Audubon's skillful organizing and creative encouragement of volunteers, Florida is waking up to a new vision of what we can accomplish when we work together towards our shared values:  protecting our waters and lands for future generations of Floridians."

Aliki Moncrief, Field Director
Water and Land Legacy Campaign

 

"Robin and I live in Gainesville, Florida, just miles away from great natural sites such as Paynes Prairie, Cedar Key, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, and the public land areas of Alachua County.   We specialize in Nature and Wildlife Photography.

It has been great sharing some of our photography from the region for Audubon’s Florida Special Places work and their publications from the Naturalist Magazine to the State of the Everglades Report. We recently participated in an art and conservation event at the Center for Birds of Prey – contributing several pieces for the auction. I support Audubon because they are first of all conservationists, and their continued focus and concern for wild birds, wild animals, and natural unspoiled habitat."


Greg Stephens












 

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Photos by George Baldwin, Ron Houser, Reinier Munguia, and Greg Stephens. Video by Scott Taylor.