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Swamp Tours – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers an Ancient Forest Tour from 9 a.m.-noon. Corkscrew’s ancient bald cypress forest is the world’s largest remaining old growth bald cypress forest and was protected from logging in 1954.
Searching Big Cypress National Preserve For Cigar Orchids
Dr. Hong Liu’s trip into the Big Cypress National Preserve was off to a bad start. The Florida International University professor was searching for a particularly rare orchid. She and her crew of students had a long way to ride to get near to where they had been reported. Recently, they have been a target for poachers as surely as the better-known but equally rare ghost orchid found in nearby Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Things to Do at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Join us for our NEW and exciting nature-based summer camp for children ages 6-10 years at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Each week features a different theme with fun, interactive, hands-on activities for campers to explore the natural wonders of the Sanctuary.
Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Great crested flycatchers can be seen and heard
While not often seen, these birds are common, and once you’ve learned to identify their calls, you can discover their location high up in the treetops. Most commonly heard is a loud, clear “whee-eep” whistle that will rise quickly and end abruptly. They use this sound to communicate between mated pairs, parents and young, or as a warning call when a threat is spotted. On your next trek along the boardwalk, perhaps you’ll hear the call or see a great crested flycatcher.
"Super" ghost orchid at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in bloom again – video interview
"Super" ghost orchid at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in bloom again. The record breaking orchid is blooming. Interview with Sally Stein, director of public programs.
A rare 'Super' ghost orchid is blooming at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Here's how to see it
Fireworks of another kind have begun in the wilds of Southwest Florida. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County announced July 1 that the rare "Super" ghost orchid has begun blooming. Ghost orchids are rare flowering plants that rely on extremely sensitive, wetland habitats, and are only known to live in southern Florida and Cuba. “I love seeing the first ghost orchid blossom of summer for its beauty and hope,” said Sanctuary Director Lisa Korte, PhD, in a news release.
Rare ghost orchid found at Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Volunteers at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp sanctuary in Collier County found something incredible while they were working in 2007. It’s called a ghost orchid because it doesn’t have any flowers until it suddenly blooms - which it did this week.
Sally Stein, the director of public programs for Audubon Florida, explained that this is a rare flower. “We only have about a thousand of them in Florida,” Stein said. “Half that are mature enough to bloom. They’re hard to see.”
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s “Super” ghost orchid is blooming
The “Super” ghost orchid at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is now blooming. Ghost orchids (Dendrophylax lindenii) are rare flowering plants that rely on extremely sensitive, wetland habitats, and are only known to live in South Florida and Cuba. “I love seeing the first ghost orchid blossom of summer for its beauty and hope,” says Sanctuary Director Lisa Korte, Ph.D. “This delicate, dancing, white flower shows that we are protecting Corkscrew Swamp in a manner than allows nature to thrive — we are lucky to have one of these amazing orchids visible from our boardwalk,” she added.
The 9 Best Boardwalks to Visit in Florida
Long walks on the beach are great and all, but have you tried strolling along a boardwalk? Boardwalks come in a few different forms. When it comes to the best boardwalks in Florida, it's hard to beat the two-mile Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary boardwalk in beautiful Naples on the west coast. As you walk along the twists and turns of this boardwalk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, marshland, and the largest old-growth Bald Cypress forest in North America, you may feel as if you've stepped back in time, beholding the Florida that once was. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as white-tailed deer, raccoons, and alligators.