Special Report: Florida Bay

Wading Birds in South Florida

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

By: Dr. Ruscena Wiederholt & Dr. Stephen Davis Photos © Brian Call Wading birds are iconic species and top predators that reflect the health of the Everglades ecosystem. Species include roseate spoonbills, great egrets, white ibises, tricolored herons, wood storks, great and little blue herons, and snowy egrets. Wading bird reproduction is limited by abundance … Read More

Freshwater from the Everglades Needed to Protect Florida Bay

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Florida Bay is one of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in Florida. It begins where the Everglades, or “River of Grass,” ends near the Florida Keys. Long renowned for its lush seagrass beds, mangrove islands, and spectacular recreational and sport fishing, it is one of the reasons why the Florida Keys is the fishing … Read More

Seagrass Die-off and How Freshwater from the Everglades gets into Florida Bay

Monday, March 27, 2017

Dr. Stephen E. Davis, Ecologist The Everglades Foundation, Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 Dr. Joseph N. Boyer, Professor & Director Department of Environmental Science & Policy, Center for the Environment Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH 03264 Dr. James, W. Fourqurean, Professor & Director Department of Biological Sciences & Marine Education & Research Initiative for the Florida … Read More

A Comparison of the Benefits of Northern & Southern Everglades Storage

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thomas Van Lent, Ph.D. Rajendra Paudel, Ph.D.   Introduction In 2016, the Florida Legislature passed the “Legacy Florida Act” and it was signed into law on April 7, 2016, by Governor Scott. The law sets the floor for spending on Everglades restoration projects and requires agencies to prioritize spending in a particular way, stating: The … Read More

Evaluation of the South Florida Water Management District’s Plan to Increase Freshwater Flows to Florida Bay

Friday, October 7, 2016

By Dr. Rajendra Paudel, Hydrologist, The Everglades Foundation and Dr. Stephen Davis, Wetland Ecologist, The Everglades Foundation   Why does Florida Bay need more fresh water? Florida Bay is the ultimate recipient of freshwater flow from the Everglades, which was historically fed by rainfall and spillover from Lake Okeechobee. After the construction of the Central … Read More