Urban Greening Through Community Partnership Phase II
This project will improve native habitats and tree canopy in Miami-Dade County (MDC) to increase bird habitat in the Atlantic Flyway. The Everglades, Biscayne Bay, and Florida Keys Hammocks are Important Bird Areas in close proximity to Miami. Urban sprawl has destroyed native habitat, imperiling many species and reducing foliage density needed for migratory birds. The project expands on Tropical Audubon Society's (TAS) successful Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant in 2011 by using the improved Steinberg Nature Center and Porter Russell Pine Rockland Nature Preserve as community teaching tools. TAS and partner organizations will engage new and diverse audiences in awareness and education of the importance native habitats. Local volunteers and students who have not traditionally participated in the environmental movement will take part in hands on conservation restoration by planting native bird friendly trees in the urban landscape across 24 acres within MDC. This project is being led by Amy Creekmur.