| Audubon at the Annual Everglades Coalition Conference
| More than 400 conservation groups, leaders, scientists, students, and supporters attended the 39th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference, held Jan. 25-27 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. The three-day conference is the largest forum for discussing the restoration of the Everglades and featured several keynote speakers, educational sessions, and awards.
Each year, the Everglades Coalition hosts its annual conference to educate attendees about the full restoration of the Greater Everglades Ecosystem. The 2024 conference, themed Everglades Restoration Rewards: Benefitting Ecosystems, Economies, and Communities, featured panelists who highlighted topics including ecological health and economic success, environmental advocacy, art and culture concerning the Everglades, marine ecosystems, and the future of Florida’s conservation. Audubon’s Director of Everglades Policy, Kelly Cox, serves as co-chair to the Coalition and led the planning and organization of this year’s conference.
Of note, Audubon’s Chief Conservation Officer Marshall Johnson attended and provided insightful keynote remarks on Friday morning. Audubon’s Everglades Science Coordinator, Paul Gray, PhD, moderated an informative and interesting panel discussion on the overlay between conservation and private lands. The conference was rounded out with inspiring keynote presentations from Assistant Secretary Shannon Estenoz of the Department of Interior, Assistant Secretary of the Army Michael Connor, and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Tropical Audubon Society’s Board member, Col. Rock Salt, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame during this year’s conference for his contributions to restoration progress and building community.