Tropical Audubon Society is a Miami-based 501(c)(3) with a mission to “Conserve and restore South Florida’s ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats.” Known as “South Florida’s Voice of Conservation,” our grassroots conservation organization has deep local roots. Formally established as a National Audubon Society Chapter in 1947, TAS can trace its lineage to the 1915 Coconut Grove Audubon Society. 

TAS has thus been a staunch and vocal defender of the local environment for more than 100 years. From opposing a Jetport in the Big Cypress/Everglades area in the last century to presently standing firm against contamination of our drinking water and for maintenance of the Urban Development Boundary, to advocating for mitigation of Sea Level Rise, TAS’s nonpartisan activist role is increasingly crucial. 

To distill its scope of work, the health and protection of our water resources — both fresh and salt for wildlife and humans — are central to TAS’s modern mission along with the traditional Audubon emphasis on bird/wildlife protection and birding opportunities. 

Programming includes our award-winning Audubon Ambassador Program, birding field trips, Bird-Friendly Demonstration Garden, Cape Florida Banding Station and Everglades, Biscayne Bay and Pine Rocklands advocacy. We regularly host engaging events at our Historic Doc Thomas House and Steinberg Nature Center main campus that reflect our Mission pillars: Conservation, Education and Preservation. 

Whether ecological or cultural, our events, including Native Plant Sales, Bird Day, and Conservation Concerts, better acquaint our members and area residents with the near-native, 2.2-acre parcel that we steward. In turn, each event also serves as a unique platform for helping us grow our Conservation Mission. To learn more visit

South Florida Audubon Society fosters 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.


SOUTH FLORIDA AUDUBON SOCIETY (SFAS) is one of the 45 chapters of Audubon Florida and National Audubon Society, Inc. We provide a wide range of services to members and the general public including:


  • Field trips for watching birds and enjoying nature
  • Environmental education programs
  • Local and regional environmental and conservation advocacy
  • Local, regional, and national events (Water Matters Day, Earth Day, National Public Lands Day, Christmas Bird Count, and the Great Backyard Bird Count)
  • Eco-action Conservation Programs include: Plants for Birds, Coastal Dune Restoration, Sea Turtle Hatchling Rescue Volunteer Program and Eaglewatch.

South Florida Conservation Network (SFCN) is a non-profit dedicated to supporting local and global conservation efforts. We bridge gaps between scientists and stakeholders by creating public/private partnerships to support and encourage conservation efforts at every scale. Additionally, we provide hands-on, interdisciplinary educational opportunities, programs and events that inform, inspire and encourage young scientists and the local community to engage with conservation efforts locally and abroad. Learn more about SFCN at

The Florida Ornithological Society is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1972 to promote field ornithology in Florida and to facilitate contact between professional and amateur ornithologists and birders in the state. In pursuit of this mission, we publish The Florida Field Naturalist, award grants to graduate students conducting wild bird research in Florida, maintain a records committee to assess changes in Florida’s avifauna (includes FL Breeding Bird Atlas), provide support for conservation initiatives (e.g. FL Keys Hawkwatch), hold bi-annual meetings featuring research symposia and birding field trips all over the state.

Local Conference Committee 

Chair: Donna Marain 

Brian Rapoza, Tropical Audubon Society

Doug Young, South Florida Audubon Society

Katie Hendrickson, South Florida Conservation Network

Mary Mack Gray, Florida Ornithological Society

Jim Cox, Florida Ornithological Society