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Flamingos in Apopka?

Audubon Florida and the Flamingo Working Group call on Floridians to assist in a "Flamingo Census"


In September, Hurricane Idalia blew dozens of American Flamingos into Florida and across the eastern half of the U.S. In February, a research team wants to see how many have remained in the Sunshine State and is calling all interested Floridians to report the flamingos they see from February 18 through February 25, 2024.  This effort is being coordinated through the Florida Flamingo Working Group and is part of a larger effort being coordinated by the Caribbean Flamingo Conservation Group to census all American Flamingos throughout their range during this week. 

Note: Please give flamingos their space. If you are affecting their movement or behavior, you are too close. Use binoculars or a zoom lens to record their presence from a safe distance.

To collect data, interested participants should look for flamingos between February 18 and 25 and fill out this form or visit fl.audubon.org/flamingoreport.

Flamingos used to live and breed in Florida. Unfortunately, the 19th-century plume trade decimated wading birds in South Florida when anrs was worth more than gold ounce of feathe. Even after legislation and Audubon wardens protected these birds, extensive draining and ditching of the Everglades destroyed their habitat.

Now that restoration momentum is flowing in the River of Grass, we are hopeful that protected wetlands and improved water flow will create enough habitat resources for the Hurricane Idalia flamingos to survive and thrive here.

Wading birds show that they can breed successfully once more if we get the water right. Both 2018 and 2021 proved to be strong nesting years for most of the Everglades’ wading birds, with hopes that continuing restoration projects will make the region more resilient as Florida deals with the ongoing and future impacts of a changing climate.

The Florida Flamingo Working Group is a coalition of scientists and conservationists who are working on the conservation and recovery of American flamingos in Florida.

Audubon protects birds and the places they need, today and in the future. Audubon works throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. State programs, nature centers, chapters, and partners give Audubon an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. A nonprofit conservation organization since 1900, Audubon believes in a world in which people and wildlife thrive. Learn more at fl.audubon.org.

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