Guardians of the Everglades®

To introduce the public to the fragile beauty of the Everglades and its unique ecosystem; to honor today’s leadership in conservation and restoration through great art and compelling human stories; and to encourage the public and policy makers to participate in the protection of the Everglades.

Invitation - Feathers and Friends Gala


In honor of the heroes who dedicate their lives to preserve one of America's

last great wildernesses for the  benefit of future generations.

Please join us as the evening intertwines captivating storytelling, art and music

about Everglades  conservation featuring photography by Connie Bransilver and life size portraits by artist Nicholas Petrucci.  

Three of the Guardians of the Everglades® ©Nicholas Petrucci

Three of the Guardians of the Everglades® ©Nicholas Petrucci

On this evening come hear stories about the Everglades from Franklin Adams, Clyde Butcher, Ed Carlson, Deb Jansen, Nathaniel Reed and Lee Tiger (representing Buffalo Tiger). We will also honor other Guardians not present: Joe Browder, Senator Bob Graham, Roy McBride and Dr. Hilary Swain.

Everglades Photo ©Connie Bransilver

Everglades Photo ©Connie Bransilver

Where: Naples Beach Hotel,  851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N, Naples, FL 34102   Directions

6:30 pm Reception - Silent Auction - 7:30 pm Dinner
RSVP by January 18, 2013
Call (239) 643-7822 or register online:

$125.00 per person - Cocktail Attire   -  Cash Bar  -  Valet Parking 




February 15 - March 31, 2013

A dramatic display of Guardians' portraits, endangered species sheer banners, landscape photographic prints, sounds and visual installations depicting the Everglades will be on display in the multimedia theater at Blair Audubon Center, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, after the Gala.  Visits to the exhibit are free with admission to the Sanctuary. The exhibit is open during normal Sanctuary hours.

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