I received this in an email from my brother Bob who volunteers at the Corkscrew Swamp near Naples, Fl. where he and my SIL winter.
I was out in the Everglades Monday just north of Big Cypress. We were there for the big backyard birdcount Audubon runs all across the US. We counted 53 species. There where birds in the 100s of thousands. This is an area which was the first effort at Everglades restoration south of sugar plantations. It was started 10 years ago and consists of hugh ponds of many acres. It is untilizing native plants to filter the water from the plantations of pesticides and fertilizers before the water flows into the Everglades.