| Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the News
|Headline: A Cathedral of Wetlands: Immerse Yourself in Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Excerpt: Close your eyes and imagine a place where birdsong fills the air instead of traffic noise. Where giant trees that have been growing since before America was born surround you. A pristine landscape where Florida panthers, river otters, and wading birds thrive. Southwest Florida has such an untouched place, roughly midway between Fort Myers and Naples. Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has a history extending back more than 100 years.
Outlet: Naples Florida Weekly
Headline: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to hold Wild Florida Adventure Camp
Excerpt: Get ready for a summer to remember — a new, nature-based summer camp is available for children ages 6 to 10 years at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Each week includes fun, interactive, hands on activities for campers to explore the natural wonders of the Sanctuary. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, campers will discover the ancient forest and animals along the boardwalk through activities that integrate science, arts, music, movement, drama, and more. Sports and water play will also be part of each fun-filled week.
Outlet: Bonita Springs Florida Weekly
Headline: Take a peek at some Great Local TREES for National Arbor Day
Excerpt: As the country celebrates the 150th anniversary of National Arbor Day on April 29, we take a look at noteworthy trees around Collier County. Corkscrew conserves more than 13,000 acres, including the world’s largest remaining old-growth bald cypress forest. These trees are estimated to be more than 500 years old, with 60 “giants” having a circumference of 17 to 24 feet. “Bald cypress are amazing trees,” says Sally Stein, director of programs.
Outlet: Islander News
Headline: New order will catalog and conserve old-growth forests - like Florida's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - and boost wildfire resilience
Excerpt: Friday, on Earth Day, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to establish a federal strategy to protect old-growth forests, a move the administration says will help curb destructive wildfires and fight climate change. The boardwalk throughout Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary winds each guest through the largest ancient virgin bald cypress forest in the entire world.
Outlet: RSW Living
Headline: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary - A Refuge For Wildlife, A Resource For The Community
Excerpt: Lisa Korte, PhD, Sanctuary Director explains the necessity of these wetlands to the overall health of the ecosystem. “Without functioning wetlands such as those at the Sanctuary, more nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen would flow directly into the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in harmful algal blooms: blue-green algae in freshwater and a significant increase in red tide in coastal waters.”
Outlet: Naples Florida Weekly
Headline: Flamingo Award – Best Place to See a Ghost
Excerpt: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary soothes the soul. Part of the Western Everglades ecosystem, the 13,450-acre sanctuary has the only remaining virgin bald cypress forest in the world, with trees nearly 600 years old. It is also the home of the ethereal ghost orchid, a rare orchid that only grows in South Florida and Cuba. The Corkscrew Swamp orchid is known internationally because it is the largest ever discovered. Dubbed the “Super” ghost, it blooms annually in June or July, but has been known to bloom every month of the year.
Outlet: Travel Awaits
Headline: 9 Best Florida State Parks For Families With Small Children
Excerpt: Bonus: Corkscrew Swamp And Its Family-Friendly Boardwalk. This is not a state park, but rather a private preserve northeast of Naples. The National Audubon Society’s Corkscrew Swamp is home to the largest Bald Cypress forest in North America. These huge trees, some of which are more than 600-years-old, soar 130 feet high, and some of the oldest are 25 feet around.
Outlet: Naples Florida Weekly
Headline: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary to hold free admission day
Excerpt: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is inviting all ages for a free visit on Wednesday, May 18 in honor of the 60th anniversary of the National Natural Landmark Program. On May 18, 1962, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall established this program that recognizes outstanding and remarkable natural sites like Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which was designated in 1964.
Outlet: The Hour
Headline: After battle with lymphoma, Darien boy’s wish fulfilled to be National Geographic photographer
Excerpt: That’s when Make-a-Wish called. When they asked Birmingham what he wanted to experience, he pondered before asking for a trip out into the field with a National Geographic photographer. The organization’s Connecticut chapter started scrambling to fulfill that wish — it was a rare enough request that Make-a-Wish had to hunt down the right person, Tom Birmingham said. They managed to find Carlton Ward, a longtime National Geographic wildlife photographer and preservationist based in Florida.
Outlet: Southwest Florida Spotlight Magazine
Headline: Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: American white pelicans flock to restored wetland
Excerpt: The marsh and prairie restoration is bringing birds back to areas within the sanctuary that had been overtaken by Carolina willow, a nuisance woody shrub. The team has completed mulching (phase 1) on more than 850 acres, and 70 of those acres are fully restored through our three-phase process. Our goal is to complete restoration on 1,000 acres in 2023. In addition to improving wildlife habitat, restoring these wetlands will also reduce wetland water loss and reduce risk of catastrophic wildfire, providing tremendous benefit to local communities.
Outlet: Fort Myers Florida Weekly
Headline: Swamp Tours
Excerpt: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers Ancient Forest Tours from 9 a.m.-noon today and June 16. Corkscrew’s ancient bald cypress forest is the world’s largest remaining old growth bald cypress forest and was protected from logging in 1954. $30 for adults, discounts available for members. To register: corkscrew.audubon.org/ programs/guided-walks. 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples.
Outlet: Luxury Travel Advisor
Headline: The Wild Side of Florida, With Kids
Excerpt: When you’re in Southwest Florida, the Fort Myers area provides a number of remarkable, uncrowded beaches, but before you hit the sun and sand, we suggest a day at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve. The Paradise Coast region also has a number of birding hot spots with more than 200 species that can be found in Everglades National Park, Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
Outlet: Naples Daily News
Headline: 75-plus things to do in June: Free Naples Zoo day, final weeks of Toulouse-Lautrec
Excerpt: Summer camp registration now: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Announces Wild Florida Adventure Camp registration, with weeklong programs for kids aged 6 to 10 running June 6-Aug. 26 with themes from swamp sleuthing to "insect investigators" to "Wild Wings and Bird Nerds" to "Animal Architects." Rates, times and availability of before- and after-care at corkscrew.audubon.org/summer-camp-22.