| Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the News
| Outlet: Naples Daily News
Headline: Some speculate afternoon rain different
Excerpt: Changing rainfall patterns could be problematic for native species, especially amphibians and other critters whose lives are tied to historic rain patterns. Shawn Clem studies rain as part of her job as research director of Audubon Florida’s Western Everglades Research Center She said overall rain totals haven’t changed in recent decades, but that the theory of changing daily patterns may hold weight.
Outlet: Naples Daily News
Headline: Mastering the Capture of the “Super” Ghost Orchid
Excerpt: Nearly every summer, photographer RJ Wiley artistically captures imagery of an unusual orchid that only grows in swamps in Southwest Florida and Cuba. Called “ghost” because it is leafless, this orchid is difficult to spot throughout much of the year. When its blossoms unfurl, they seem to float, untethered, with drooping tendrils outstretched like arms. Like tiny ghosts.
Outlet: Southwest Florida Spotlight
Headline: Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Largest known ghost orchid attracts attention worldwide
Excerpt: In the deepest corner of the swamp, a special orchid thrives. Clinging to the surface of bald cypress and pond apple trunks and limbs and barely noticeable throughout the year, the ghost orchid (Dendrophylax lindenii) is small, leafless and fragile. The specific climate and ecology of Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary make the growth of this rare orchid possible.