Everglade Restoration – The state of Florida will be buying 187,000 acres of the Everglades owned by the U.S. Sugar Corporation. The Everglades is a World Heritage Site, an International Biosphere Reserve and an American Bird Conservancy-designated Globally Important Bird Area.
“Governor [Charlie] Crist deserves an enormous amount of praise…for this announcement,” said Kirk Fordham, CEO of the Everglades Foundation. “Today, he cemented his legacy as the Everglades Governor…a policy maker who saved an ecosystem for generations to come.”
Saving South American Grasslands– A conservation initiative was launched to help protect the Pampas, South American Grasslands, an area important for birds including Upland Sandpiper, Swainson’s Hawk, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and Bobolink. Conservation organizations from four South American countries have teamed up to protect the Southern Cone of the continent; Aves Argentinas, Aves Uraguay, SAVE Brazil and Guyra Paraguay. For more information on this national conservation effort (which also includes the National Audubon Society, the U.S. Forest Service, the Northern Prairies Action Plan and Pronatura) see Alliance for the Grasslands