The Everglades in Florida is a World Heritage Site, International Biosphere Reserve and an American Bird Conservancy designated Globally Important Bird Area because of its important population of shorebirds, waders, pelicans, dowitchers, willets, plovers, egrets, spoonbills and other birds as well as the American crocodile and Florida panther. Diversion of water from the Everglades for agriculture has caused bird populations of wading birds to plummet from 250,000 to 20-30,000 today. The State of Florida has announced its intention to buy 187,000 acres of land adjacent to the Everglades to help reestablish the flow of water from Lake Okeechobee trough the Everglades to Florida Bay. This land purchase is an important step in halting the destruction of the Everglades and beginning its restoration.
If you have never been to the Everglades for birding you should plan a trip there. It is truly one the great birding areas in the world. For more information on the efforts to restore this important area visit www.evergladesfoundation.org for more information.