|Outlet: Lonely Planet
Headline: Build the perfect Everglades adventure
Excerpt: There’s a spectacularly adventurous yet oddly soothing way to experience Southwest Florida – the Everglades. For the adventure-minded outdoor enthusiast, the Everglades is a paradise of adrenaline, and at the same time, a place to reconnect with your inner self and experience quiet solitude. At Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, transport yourself into old wild Florida on the 2.25-mile boardwalk through old-growth bald cypress forest, pinelands, and wetlands.
Outlet: WINK News Ft. Myers
Headline: Connecticut Boy Gets Wish Granted to be a Wildlife Photographer for a Day
Excerpt: A child fighting cancer got to live his dream for a day. 8-year-old Oban Birmingham made it all the way to Collier County from Connecticut. And, he was able to go behind the scenes as a wildlife photographer in the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Between alligators, hogs, and birds, Oban saw it all on Monday. He even was able to see a video of two Florida panthers, as captured by a camera along a trail. Monday, on the backroads of Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Oban just had to get as close as possible to the wildlife. “That is… oh my gosh, I have no idea oh my gosh, I have to get a closer look,” he said. Oban got to be an explorer and naturalist on Monday instead of a kid with cancer.
Outlet: FOX 4 News Fort. Myers
Headline: Connecticut boy gets wish granted in SWFL
Excerpt: A Connecticut boy got to live out his dream for a day in SWFL. 8-year-old Oban Birmingham was able to visit the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary on Monday, February 21st. Birmingham is battling cancer and his wish was granted by National Geographic Photographer Carlton Ward. He was able to see first-hand the wildlife living in the sanctuary and he got to photograph several species.
Outlet: ABC-7 News Ft. Myers
Headline: 8-year-old battling lymphoma gets exclusive trip through protected wetland area
Excerpt: An 8-year-old battling lymphoma has never lost sight of his desire to be a naturalist when he grows up. So Make-A-Wish in Collier County helped make the Connecticut boy’s wish come true. Oban Burmingham partnered with National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward, Jr. to get up close and personal with Florida’s wildlife on an exclusive trip through a protected wetlands area. Ward took Burmingham and his dad, Tom, through the marsh on a swamp buggy to private parts of the sanctuary the public never sees. The visit to the back country included the panther’s habitat [at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary].