Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples, FL 34120

Phone: (239) 348-9151

Hours: Open 365 days a year, 7am-5:30pm

Admission:

  • Adult: $14
  • College student with ID: $6
  • Children: $4
  • Children 6 and under: FREE

General Information while vising:

  • Take photos and memories only
  • Recommended to bring water, bug spray, binoculars and a camera
  • Silence cell phones
  • To see/hear more wildlife, keep your voices low

 

Rules of the Boardwalk:

  • No food
  • Quiet please
  • Animals and plants are protected
  • No smoking
  • Stay on the trail
  • Do not feed the wildlife
  • No pets
  • Do not litter
  • Do not harass wildlife
  • Children must be supervised
  • Leave trail during high winds or lightening
  • Please walk

Link: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/visit/plan-your-visit

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Information pamphlet: Audubon Corkscrew

History of Corkscrew:

Pluming:

  • In the 1900’s, egret and heron plumes were in high demand for use in the fashion industry. This was quickly devastating rookeries throughout Florida, especially at Corkscrew.
  • By 1913, Rhett Green, whom was deputized as warden by the National Audubon Society to guard Corkscrew rookery, had begun guiding those who were documenting the birds at the sanctuary.
  • Link to a free copy of Rhett Green’s book: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21007?msg=welcome_stranger#img-208

Logging:

  • Logging of South Florida’s Cypress began in 1944. Much of the lumber went to rebulding after WWII. Massive 500-year-old trees were uprooted.
  • By 1954, 5,860 acres were secured and became the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
  • Two year later, 5,320 acres were added
  • Now, it expands to over 14,000 acres
  • More info visit: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/about/sanctuary

Further information about the early days of the sanctuary and its ecology read:

Corkscrew’s Boardwalks:

  • Wilderness dates back 500 years
  • 2.25 mile boardwalk takes visitors through pine flat woods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally to the largest old growth of Bald Cypress in North America
  • Bald Cypress, relatives of the redwood, reach 130 feet into the air and have a girth of 25 feet

 

http://corkscrew.audubon.org/about/about-corkscrews-boardwalk

Animals and Wildlife:

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is primarily composed of wetlands. It includes the site of the largest nesting colony of the Federally endangered Wood Storks in the nation.

This is a very important habitat for many animals including the Florida panther, American alligator, gopher tortoise, Florida sandhill crane, limpkin, roseate spoonbill, snowy egret, tricolored heron, white ibis, big cypress fox squirrel, and the Florida black bear.

Rare plants are found here including, most notably, the ghost orchid. Corkscrew provides an imperative connection for wildlife and water to coastal habitat. Wetlands recharge the local aquifers, rivers, and estuaries.

Education at Corkscrew:

Over 150 Partner Educators are currently trained and delivering programs in coordination with Corkscrew naturalists. Includes 2nd grade insect adventure and 5th grade wild Florida adventure.

 

Programs and Events:

Info on guided walks: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/programs/guided-walks

Info on Corkscrew after hourshttp://corkscrew.audubon.org/programs/corkscrew-after-hours

Special Events & Festivalshttp://corkscrew.audubon.org/programs/special-events-and-festivals

Citizen Sciencehttp://corkscrew.audubon.org/about/citizen-science

Corkscrew Swamp Walkshttp://corkscrew.audubon.org/programs/corkscrew-swamp-walks

Blair Audubon Visitor Center is environmentally friendly and solar powered.

At the center:

Donate: https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/DGbT6uNuVkiWcVzIk8zDcA2?ms=giving_page_51

Become a friend of Corkscrew: https://act.audubon.org/onlineactions/LmzMEUzRu0SyteTN9ZWGGQ2?ms=giving_page_105

Information and youtube video provided by: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/

Keep up to date by following Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CSS1954/

 

Photos by Shanna Weber

 

 

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