The farmlands and the new towns not only consumed vast chunks of wetlands, they added new and abundant contaminants while further depleting the water that the farmers and residents now desperately need. Give some chimps pie, and you get a mess. Give humans a planet, same result.
According to Audubon of Florida, which the Everglades Awareness Benefit Concert will help, 80 percent of the nation's endangered and threatened birds depend on wetlands. And, of course, there is a multitude of other life forms besides our feathered friends that rely on swamps and marshes. Humans included.
Of course survival wouldn't be much more than an instinct if life weren't on occasion fun, and this benefit contributes both to the sustaining of life and having a blast. Funds raised through the ten dollar admission go to Audubon of Florida's Coastal Everglades Campaign, which aims to protect the swamp from residential development, water mismanagement, and agricultural assaults in light of the overwhelming population increases faced by South Florida.