South Florida Audubon Society
South Florida Audubon Society is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Broward County, Florida and incorporated on January 11, 1956.
Mission: To foster conservation through local, regional, national, and global environmental advocacy and activities throughout South Florida focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Coastal Dune Restoration Projects
Florida, features a beautiful coastal shoreline, surrounded by sand dunes and restored beaches. Each year, thousands of local residents and tourists from around the world visit South Florida to enjoy the beaches. However, severe beach erosion from storms and rising sea level make the beautiful coastline vulnerable. This condition threatens the natural ecosystem and can negatively affect the people who view this highly visible and accessible area.
Student and adult volunteers plant sea oats and other ocean resilient native dune plants to restore and protect native habitat for nesting sea turtles, shorebirds and migratory birds. When mature, the plants help to rebuild the valuable sand dunes along the coastline. Engaging adult and student (youth) volunteers help to foster a sense of accomplishment and raise awareness of the importance of environmental stewardship.
Re-planting protective sea oats and other ocean resilient native dune plants is a relatively inexpensive, durable, environmentally beneficial, and aesthetically pleasing way to restore and replace sand lost from erosion. As the plants grow, they will catch windblown sand and allow the dunes to grow larger. A healthy beach and sound dune system equals a naturally sustainable and beautiful beach for everyone to enjoy.