A chapter of National Audubon Society and a nonprofit 501c3, Tropical Audubon Society's (TAS's) local roots date back more than 100 years. Our mission to protect wildlife, habitat, water resources and quality of life shapes our current conservation work: helping propel Everglades restoration and protection of Biscayne Bay, Florida Bay and the Biscayne Aquifer. Our core region is comprised of Miami-Dade County.
TAS is on the frontline of conservation and environmental protection, standing firm against contamination of our drinking water, maintaining the Urban Development Boundary, and advocating for mitigation of Sea Level Rise. 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.
TAS also offers a diverse lineup of outings and programs: bird, butterfly and plant trips, morning forays, all-day adventures, overnight trips, local outings and expeditions far afield. We educate hundreds of children through our Bird Day event annually. In 2020 we took the Cape Florida Banding Station under our wing, deepening scientific research and an expansion of public outreach about South Florida's avian visitors.
Our historic 1932 Doc Thomas House headquarters, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and adjoining Steinberg Nature Center occupies 2.2 acres of High Pines property, primarily consisting of pine rockland and hardwood hammock habitats. The headquarters host Eco-Restoration Days and guided House Tours, Bird Walks, Winter Conservation Concerts, February Bird Day, March BEE-cause Flea, Spring and Fall "Walk in the Woods with Wine & Whisk" dinner parties, April Birdstock and Members Migration, art exhibits, May Movie Night, and June's Native Plant Sale.
Looking ahead, our award-winning Tropical Audubon Ambassador Program trains future advocates for South Florida's ecosystems.
Tropical Audubon Society endeavors to conserve and restore natural South Florida ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We facilitate this mission via:
Conservation: Enrich our legacy of protecting, conserving and restoring South Florida ecosystems by working closely with local governments and other stakeholders, and by fostering wise stewardship of native habitats, birds and other indigenous wildlife.
Education: Advance a more meaningful community understanding of and appreciation for Nature and our region's unique environment and ecological relationships via robust education programs and cultivation of local conservation advocates.
Preservation: Honor and perpetuate our "South Florida's Voice of Conservation" heritage, nurture our near-native Steinberg Nature Center campus, and preserve the integrity and historic landmark status of our society's 1932 Doc Thomas House headquarters.