AWE News of Interest


December 7th, 2021, Gopher Tortoises and our Land Study with AWE Field Biologist Brittany Piersma


We still have books available for purchase from

Scott Weidensaul

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Beginning on January 4th, 2022, and going forward until April  2022, all our talks at the Naples Botanical Garden we are offering limited seating, socially distancing and we are asking people to wear masks to attend please.  Thank you.


COVD-19 Update:
Please be aware that AWE has you, our members, best interest in mind to keep you healthy and safe from the COVID-19 virus.   Any trips, talks or outings in the future we will continue to practice social distancing. Individuals who may be particularly vulnerable (and the people around them) should take extra care and wear face masks.
If you have any questions on any of our upcoming events please email

Audubon Western Everglades


Come birding with us! We offer many local and regional birding outings, all guided by local experts or chapter members.


We connect people, shorebirds, and their habitat. AWE supports Florida’s only winter shorebird stewardship program, where biologists and volunteers team up to help protect shorebirds and educate the public.


We offer a variety of talks from researchers, managers, and conservation practitioners, to share their knowledge with our members and the public.


AWE supports Owl Watch, a citizen science program committed to conserving, and monitoring Marco Island’s Burrowing Owls. With help from University of Florida researchers, we are learning about these urban birds.


AWE advocates for Everglades Restoration and Preservation by working with far-reaching partners to help acquire lands, restore habitats, and protect existing natural features.

  Slideshow Photos © Jean Hall


Founded in 1961, Audubon Western Everglades is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting South West Florida’s Natural Resources and Wildlife through advocacy, education, and community science.

Conservation & Advocacy

AWE is committed to conserving what natural resources remain in SW Florida. Our staff are working with legislators, conservation organizations, and advocacy groups to preserve rural lands, wetlands, and public lands.

Citizen Science & Outreach

We are dedicated to educing the public about imperiled bird life in SW Florida. AWE coordinates Owl Watch, a community science based program monitoring the Burrowing Owls on Marco Island. AWE also supports a winter Shorebird Stewardship Program, monitoring wintering Black Skimmers and terns. 

Upcoming Events

  • December 7th, 2021  Gopher Tortoises on Marco     Register 
  • December 8th, 2021   Bird Rookery Swamp Field Trip    Register
  • January 4th, 2022,  Green Herons Talk with Dr. Jerry Jackson  Register
  • January 17th, 2022,  Marsh Trail Field Trip   Register     

Latest News:

AWE's Owl Watch Program in Audubon Magazine

We are excited to have our Owl Watch Program featured in Audubon Magazine’s latest Summer 2020 edition. Check it out!

Burrowing Owl Article

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