Where Are All The Wood Storks? Naples Wetland Forum, October 14

Huge historic and continuing losses of wetlands is the common link to these ecological and economic threats. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared Southwest Florida a "hotspot" for recent wetlands loss. Vital to the health of waterways and communities that are downstream, wetlands trap floodwaters, recharge groundwater supplies, remove pollution, and provide fish and wildlife habitat. Wetlands are also economic drivers because of their key role in tourism, fishing, hunting, agriculture, and recreation.

You are invited to a free important public forum on the role of wetlands in protecting downstream waters and recovering iconic wildlife like Corkscrew Swamp's nesting Wood Storks. "Protecting Wetlands to Save Naples Bay" brown bag lunch-time talk is being held on Tuesday, October 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Conservancy Nature Center, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, in Naples. Please see the flyer below.

Sponsored by numerous environmental and civic organizations, the event features expert speakers from NOAA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and Florida Gulf Coast University on the importance of wetlands, loss of wetlands, and how their protection is key to saving our coastal waters and our wildlife. During the forum, citizens will also learn how they can directly help to restore our rivers, bays, and beaches - the lifeblood of Southwest Florida's economy and environment. That work is also what will lead to Wood Storks returning to Corkscrew Swamp and the Everglades.

We really hope you can join us. For further information, email or call (239) 262-0304x251 or go to the Conservancy's web page..

AOWE Programs

November-April Programs are in the Kapnick Center at the Naples Botanical Garden at 7 pm unless otherwise noted (members free, non-members $3). Seating is limited.

Tuesday, November 18, marks the beginning of the 2014-2015 season of monthly programs. Ted Below will present "The Brown Pelican: The Life History in Southwest Florida."

The rest of the program schedule will be published in the fall.

Audubon of the Western Everglades would like to thank Whole Foods Market in Naples for sponsoring all of the refreshments at our monthly programs this season. This generosity and support is greatly appreciated.

Welcome to Audubon of the Western Everglades

Founded in 1961, Audubon of the Western Everglades is the oldest conservation organization in Collier County. We are one of 43 local Florida chapters dedicated to preserving the quality of life in our respective communities.

One of our primary efforts is maintaining an awareness of local, regional, and state environmental and conservation issues. Accordingly, our mission, in partnership with Audubon of Florida and National Audubon Society, is to promote an understanding of and interest in wildlife and the environment that supports it, and to further the cause of conservation of all of our natural resources.

We offer a variety of activities in which everyone may participate: guided field trips to sites throughout Southwest Florida, evening programs with guest speakers from November through April, grants that allow county elementary schools to bring classes to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary for field trips and for activities at specially constructed educational trails and sites, and we have a conservation committee that is active and influential at the local, regional, and state levels on environmental issues.

We invite you to join us as a member, to enjoy and support programs and activities that appeal to you, and to become a part of preserving and protecting our natural heritage and all of its wild life.


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Audubon of the Western Everglades
1020 8th Avenue South, Suite 2
Naples, Florida 34102
phone: (239) 643-7822
chapter code: E38
Membership/Services Director: Lori Beall

The Naples Botanical Garden is located at 4820 Bayshore Drive.


1. From US 41 east, take Bayshore Drive south.

2. Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign at Thomasson Drive.

3. Keep straight, staying on Bayshore and enter the Garden on the right.


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Audubon of the Western Everglades does business as Collier County Audubon Society, Inc. which. is a nonprofit conservation organization organized under the laws of the State of Florida on August 3, 1961. The Society is affiliated with the Florida Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society. The Society is registered with the Florida Department of State (document number 702752) as a not-for-profit organization.

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