Wood storks, roseate spoonbills, ibises and egrets are among the many birds that fly, paddle and wade through the Everglades.

They draw visitors, particularly photographers, to the ecosystem. But the Everglades' birds are important for another reason: The health of wading bird communities says a lot about progress on Everglades restoration.

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A big year, at least amongst birders, is an unofficial competition to see who can see or hear the most species of birds within a given geographical area. This can be done within a state, country or, even, the world.

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The Audubon Florida’s Eagle Watch Program is one of the most popular citizen science programs in the state, and you could become part of it. This Thursday the statewide director of the program will be in town for volunteer training at the Southwest Florida Masonic Center in Fort Myers. 

Florida wildlife officials are highlighting sandhill cranes as well as better ways for the public to coexist with the threatened bird species.

On holidays like the Fourth of July, Floridians like to head to the beach. But state wildlife officials are reminding the public that some local residents are already there.

Shorebirds and sea turtles nest on beaches. A lot of shorebird species are listed as threatened and all the bird species are protected. The same goes for sea turtles.

Loud noises can cause adult birds to fly away from nests, and tiny chicks can get separated from their parents.