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Audubon to present ‘Florida Bay’s Pink Wading Birds’

By AUDUBON SOCIETY - | Jan 8, 2021

MAC STONE Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Lorenz

The Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Society will host Dr. Jerome “Jerry” Lorenz, state research director for Audubon Florida and the Everglades Science Center, for a Webinar program, “Florida Bay’s Pink Wading Birds,” on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. via Zoom.

Over a 30-year career, Lorenz has studied the ecology of the Florida Bay, focusing on roseate spoonbills and, more recently, American flamingos. He will present some of his scientific findings regarding both species with a focus on conservation and restoration of the Everglades and bay.

With flamingos, Lorenz will present why the state considered them an introduced species and why historic and recent data indicates that they are indeed native to Florida. Using spoonbills as an ecosystem indicator species, he will review the reasons for the decline of the species since the early 1980s, what Everglades restoration is doing and should be doing for the species, and why climate change and sea level rise are threatening what was once the sole Florida nesting place for the species.

Lorenz’s research focuses on the impact of water management in the southern Everglades on the coastal ecosystems of the Florida Bay. Specifically, he examines the linkages between fresh water deliveries from the Everglades, the abundance of aquatic plants and prey fishes in the mangroves, and the success of nesting roseate spoonbills in the bay.

In 2000, Lorenz became research director at the Everglades Science Center after the completion of his Ph.D. from University of Miami. He was promoted to research director for Audubon Florida in 2005. He currently serves as a member of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council and on the Monroe County Climate Change Advisory Council.


This is the second of eight Sanibel-Captiva Audubon Webinars to be held this season. To register, up to five days before the program visit www.san-capaudubon.org/programs.html and click on “JOIN” in the description. A Zoom link for the program will be emailed to you. All are always welcome to join.

There is no charge to participate. However, as a $10 donation was suggested for entry to the previous in-person series, a donation is still suggested by mailing the address listed at www.san-capaudubon.org or via PayPal at Paypal.me/SanCapAudubon. Donations are much appreciated and, after costs, help to promote conservation on the islands and in the state.

For more information, call 239-395-1878 or visit www.san-capaudubon.org.