| Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the News|
|Outlet: Naples Daily News|
Headline: Collier commissioners agree to look into Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary water woes
Excerpt: After learning the causes of harmful changes to water levels at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Collier Commissioners agreed Tuesday to hold a public meeting regarding potential solutions at a later date. Shawn Clem, research director at the Audubon Florida’s Western Everglades Research Center at the sanctuary, and her colleague Mike Duever analyzed decades of data in the sanctuary and identified a 20-year decline in dry season water level declines.
Outlet: Naples Florida Weekly
Headline: Audubon Study Reveals Canal Operations are Drying Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Excerpt: A study conducted by Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples recently concluded that ground water levels have dropped substantially over the past two decades primarily due to canals and weirs downstream of the Sanctuary. “Witnessing the impacts on this worldclass wetland, and especially the decline of our treasured wood stork colony, has been heartbreaking,” said Shawn Clem, PhD, who is the director of research for the Sanctuary.
Outlet: Southern Living
Headline: The Florida Everglades Are America’s Largest Subtropical Wilderness
Excerpt: Everglades National Park is a wetlands preserve set on 1.5 million acres of South Florida wilderness. The Everglades are also home to diverse flora, including habitats of coastal mangroves, marshes, and flatwoods. Areas such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (one of the largest stands of old-growth cypresses on earth), Big Cypress National Preserve (alligator central), and Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (a park on Florida's western coast that's home to panthers and black bears) ensure that no matter how many times you visit, there's always something new to find in the Everglades.
Outlet: WINK News Ft. Myers
Headline: Seeing smoke? There’s a 40-acre prescribed burn in Estero
Excerpt: A prescribed burn has been permitted for Friday by the Florida Forest Service in Lee County for a 40-acre area south of Corkscrew Road-in the same area as Thursday’s burn. the fire is the responsibility of the Florida Forest Service and the person/business conducting the burn, the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Outlet: National Geographic
Headline: How America’s most endangered cat could save Florida
Excerpt: A panther creeps through a fence at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, emerging from nearby ranchland. (subscription required)
Outlet: Travel Awaits
Headline: 8 Best Day Trips From Fort Lauderdale
Excerpt: Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of the United States, and its waterways and pristine beaches may make you just want to hunker down with your toes in the sand, sipping a cold drink. But the city is a great base for you to venture out to experience other delights of South Florida. Here are eight of my favorite day trips, all within two hours of Fort Lauderdale. 6. Experience Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary (You Won’t Egret It!).
Outlet: Naples Daily News
Headline: Water loss at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has put wildlife at risk. New research points to the problem
Excerpt: After months of modeling efforts, researchers at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary have identified the causes of worrying changes to the ecosystem’s water levels. “I think initially I was hoping that it was something that was easier to fix,” said Shawn Clem, research director at the Audubon Florida’s Western Everglades Research Center at the sanctuary. “The fact that it looks like the biggest problem is the canals means that we’re going to have a more challenging solution.”
Outlet: WINK CBS News Ft. Myers
Headline: A major Southwest Florida wetland is drying up as people move in
Excerpt: Researchers are studying the dropping water levels over the last two decades at a major Southwest Florida wetland. Monday, a balmy March day in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. But, this wet refuge of the swamp is drying up. Dr. Shawn Clem is the Research Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. “We found that our hydroperiod, or the number of days that our wetlands are holding water, has really decreased since about the mid-2000’s,” said Clem. A danger for plants, creatures and us. “Now that we’re getting overdried in the dry season, it’s putting the swamp at risk of catastrophic fire,” she said.
Outlet: Ft. Myers News-Press
Headline: Subtle signs of spring: How do we know when it's sprung in Southwest Florida?
Excerpt: It was the first week of February and maybe the last cold front of the year that prompted us to send the text message “What marks spring in Florida? What do you look for in the natural world to tell you winter is over?” We asked scientists, students, naturalists, activists, writers, and teachers from all over Southwest Florida; including the Calusa Nature Center, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, and CREW Land and Water Trust.