Audubon of the Western Everglades Saddened at the Passing
of Two Giants of Florida Conservation
With the death of Nathaniel Reed this week, and the July
4th passing of Bernie Yokel, Audubon of the Western Everglades is saddened
to lose two of Florida's conservation leaders whose legacies will endure
for generations. Bernie Yokel was a pioneer in conservation science
for Southwest Florida, founding the Rookery Bay Marine Research Station
in 1970. He wrote the landmark Naples Bay Study in 1979, sat on the
Governor's Commission on a Sustainable South Florida which set the stage
for Everglades Restoration, and went on to be lead the Florida Audubon Society
for over ten years.
"Bernie was not only a rigorous scientist, whose work
still guides efforts to restore Naples Bay today, he was a great human being.
He knew how to communicate with policy makers and regular people.
He will be missed!" said Eileen Arsenault, President of Audubon of
the Western Everglades.
Nathaniel Pryor Reed was instrumental in the creation of
the biggest national conservation policies of the last 50 years, including
the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. His passion was invested
most clearly in his love and work to restore the greater Everglades, including
establishment of the Big Cypress National Preserve. Mr. Reed was recognized
and spoke at two Audubon of the Western Everglades Galas including in 2013
when he was named a 'Guardian of the Everglades'.
"Nathaniel Reed's contributions to Florida's and this
nation's conservation legacy are monumental. With his pivotal role
in creating the Big Cypress National Preserve here in Southwest Florida,
we have a foundation on which to extend his legacy long into the future,"
said Mimi Wolok, Executive Director for Audubon of the Western Everglades.
Obits: Nat Reed | Bernie Yokel
Audubon of the Western Everglades is sorry to report that
long time supporter Robert William Morris passed away on June 26,
2018 at the age of 95. Bob came from a storied line of musical entertainers,
was a performer himself, an inspiration at his local gym, and generously
supported Artis Naples, Avow Hospice, and the Community School. Our
sincerest sympathies go to Bob's wife, Linda, his two daughters, their spouses,
four grandchildren, and two great grandchildren." For more information
on Robert click HERE.
Jean Hall receives Ted Below Environmental
Jean Hall, coastal seabird steward, Burrowing
Owl protector, and general conservationist, received the highest environmental
award that Audubon of the Western Everglades offers at the Feathers &
Friends Gala. Read about Hall and the award by clicking HERE.
Feathers & Friends Gala thanks
Thank you to all who attended our Feathers
& Friends Gala on Thursday, February 1. You helped make it a great success,
our best Gala yet!
Also, thank you to our sponsors: Arthrex,
Stephen & Sharda Spahr, FPL, Cummings & Lockwood,
and Naples Trust Company.
Lu Lackore, 20-year board member, treasurer,
Lu was a
Board Member of Collier County Audubon Society and its successor Audubon
of the Western Everglades for over 20 years and a firm believer in its conservation
and education work.
Early on in his years on the Board, he volunteered to serve
as Treasurer thinking no doubt that it would be temporary and little realizing
that he was accepting the position for life. He kept our books, filed the
much reviled 990 Tax forms, manned the contributions jar at our programs,
and served as the voice of financial reason on the Board. "What
a great idea," he would say. "Now how are we going to pay for
He was at work helping us pack for the move to a new office
two days before he suffered the stroke that eventually took his life.
He will be greatly missed.
the date for memorial service; funeral information
Prevent Cardinal and song bird deaths
by cleaning bird feeders
The Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) has
issued an alert about Northern Cardinals dying in Florida due to bird feeders
not being cleaned regularly. Learn the symptoms of sick birds and how to
prevent illness and death by clicking HERE.
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.
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
Feathers & Friends Gala thanks
Thank you to our sponsors of this year's
Feathers & Friends Gala that was held on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
- Cummings & Lockwood LLC
- Naples Daily News
- RiverGlades, A Multifamily Office