Laurie Macdonald

Laurie Macdonald

Florida Program Director
Laurie oversees the work of Defenders Florida program team in protecting and restoring Florida’s imperiled wildlife, their habitat and a statewide ecological network. She serves on several species Technical Advisory Groups and Recovery Teams including Florida panther, Florida manatee, Florida black bear and gopher tortoise, as well as policy task forces for issues such as transportation planning and the State Wildlife Action Plan.

Posts By: Laurie Macdonald

Everglades Cypress, © NPS

Acting for the Everglades »

The Everglades region is a biodiversity hotspot, a World Heritage Site, a vital habitat for countless imperiled species, and more. But it also needs help from humans to stay healthy, so our Florida office has been hard at work making sure that the state legislature makes protecting the Everglades a priority.

Wood stork, © William H. Majoros

Recovery Milestone for the Wood Stork »

In the 20 years since it was listed as endangered, the wood stork has been slowly but steadily recovering. Now, as the Endangered Species Act that has protected the species reaches its 40th year, the wood stork is reaching a milestone.