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2017-2018 Programs

Click HERE for Audubon of the Western Everglades programs for the 2017-2018 season. Reservations are required for all programs.

Register now for programs:

Nov. 14: Black Skimmers, an Oddity
Dec. 5: American Alligators & Crocodiles
Jan. 9: Anhingas: Adaptations, Ecology, Fishermen
Feb. 6: Marine Life in the Ten Thousand Islands
Mar. 6: Bats of Southwest Florida
Apr. 3: Ecology of Gopher Tortoises

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 $10). 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!


Let's work together to make a difference

Our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2018. Learn how to make a difference by clicking HERE.

Garden Rock Stars: Using Native Plants to Attract Birds and Butterflies

Invite song birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds, the" Rock Stars" of the garden, into your yard or community with easy native plants. Presenter:  Monica Higgins, Past President, Professional Grounds Management Society

Friday, June 15, 2 p.m. at the Collier County South Regional Library

Presented in partnership with Audubon of the Western Everglades.

Jean Hall receives Ted Below Environmental Stewardship Award

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, passes

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 it?"

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.

Save 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 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.

Cummings & Lockwood LLC
Naples Daily News
RiverGlades, A Multifamily Office

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.