Florida Bay is an estuary where the waters of the Everglades, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico meet.  The current state of Florida Bay is degraded as a result of the curtailing of historic freshwater flows from the Everglades.  Over time, the ecological balance produced by the mixing of these three water inputs, producing a healthy, productive ecosystem, has tipped.  The results are unusually high water temperatures, hypersaline conditions, sea grass die-offs, algal blooms, and a decrease in harvestable and sport fish populations.


Topic:  Why is it important to restore Florida Bay for future generations?  How can the restoration of Florida Bay be achieved?  What are the potential positive results of restoring Florida Bay?


Guidelines:  The maximum number of words is 800.  Please use complete sentences and paragraph format.  Essays should be double-spaced, typed in Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1 inch margins.  Essays will be judged on focus, clarity, and originality of your ideas.


Eligibility:  Open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 at a Florida Key’s High School.


Deadline:  Submit your essay by December 1, 2017


Submission Instructions:  Completed essays should be submitted by email to mkline@audubon.org.  Please submit the essay as an attached Word document.  In the subject line of the email put the title:  Restore Florida Bay Essay Contest.  In the email, briefly introduce yourself and identify your High School and grade level.



(One winner will be awarded all of the prizes)


• $250.00 cash award

-Tickets to Audubon Florida’s Center for Birds of Prey and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

-A weeklong field experience with Audubon Florida’s Everglades Science Center’s Scientists.  Get out in the field and participate in the science driving Everglades and Florida Bay Restoration.

The winner will be announced during the Festival on Sunday, January 14, 2018.


The winning essay will be published in the February edition of Keys Life Magazine.


Keep checking back for more details.

Restore Florida Bay Essay Contest

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