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2017 Programs

Download the Audubon of the Western Everglades programs for 2016-2017 with dates, descriptions, and speakers by clicking HERE for the following programs. Reservations are required for all programs.

The November-April programs are in the Kapnick Center at the Naples Botanical Garden (directions) at 7 pm unless otherwise noted (members free, non-members $5). Seating is limited.

Programs are sponsored by

Program sponsorships available

If you would like to sponsor our refreshments, ads, or just your own reserved chair for our Programs this season, please call Lori at the Audubon Office at 239-643-7822. Any help would be appreciated!


Feathers & Friends Gala

Thank you to all who attended our February 16 Feathers & Friends Gala. We would like to thank our sponsors again: Arthrex, Commings & Lockwood, and FPL for supporting us and helping make the gala such a success.

Thank you to all who donated silent auction items as well. We got some really great bids. And lastly, thank you to all of our volunteers who helped us out: Bill & Roberta Marten, George Koppel, Sharon Leavy, Barbara Wenzel, Jane Mayer, Robin Joy, Ricky Pires, Gregg Beall, and Ali Smith. You are all rock stars!

New program added

The following three programs have been added to the 2017 program schedule. All will be presented at the Naples South Regional Library at 8065 Lely Cultural Boulevard.

  • May 25 (2-3:15 pm): "The Amazing Journey of Shorebirds and Seabirds of Southwest Florida" with Adam DiNuovo, SW Florida Shorebird Manager for Audubon Florida

Children's book benefits Owl Watch program

Audubon of the Western Everglades member Roseanne Pawelec has published a children's book, Ollie Finds a New Home, and is donating one dollar from every sale to the Owl Watch program. Read the article in the Naples Florida Weekly by clicking HERE.

Burrowing Owl watch needs your help

Please read the article about Marco Island's Burrowing Owls and the need for help monitoring the 182 nests. To help, click the "Owl Watch" tab at the left.

AWE names new president, two new board members

P.J. Marinelli has stepped down as AWE president after five years of service. Eileen Arsenault has been selected as the new president.

Read the full press release by clicking HERE.

Panther collaboration, protection sought

Please read the guest editorial from the April 5, 2016, Naples Daily News. This is a fundamental strategy (collaboration on the incentive-based ways to engage landowners) AWE and our allies employ to protect large landscapes of habitat in the Western Everglades.

AWE partners in panther protection program

Read about our collaborative efforts with other organizations to protect the Florida Panther and its habitat through the Florida Panther Protection Program.

Dates, reports posted

In addition to the 2015-2016 programs listed in the left column, 2015-2016 field trips are posted (click on the Field Trips tab at the left).

Space on some trips is very limited, so reserve a spot early! Also, the 2014-2015 Annual Report is posted on the Publications page.

Feathers & Friends Gala thanks

Thank you to our sponsors of this year's Feathers & Friends Gala that was held on Thursday, February 11, 2016.

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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.