Audubon’s Everglades Science Center
115 Indian Mound Trail
Tavernier, FL 33070
Audubon Center: Birding, Science, Walk
Audubon’s Everglades Science Center (ESC, formerly Tavernier Science Center) was established in the Florida Keys in 1939, by National Audubon’s first Director of Research, Robert Porter Allen. Allen began a full-time study of the Roseate Spoonbill, living among them in a tent for weeks at a time. At the time, scientists would typically study birds’ eating habits by killing them an examining their stomach contents. However, the Spoonbill was so scarce by this time, Allen had to find another way to study them. His research changed how scientists studied birds and began 65 years of data investigating the spoonbill and its habitat.