| Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the News|
|Swamp Series Taps Kids' Inner Sleuth|
We couldn't resist one for the kids because the Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary class series sounds like so much fun. The only problem is there's not an adult version of the intriguing "Swamp Survivor" class, in which the "lost" group must survive while trying to find its way out of the massive Everglades. In the meantime, you'll have to ask your kids how to do it after the Jan. 13 program, one of four "School's Out" full-day programs at Corkscrew. They're timed to Collier County Public Schools holidays.
An Ode to Bald Cypress, Unsung Hero of Autumn
It’s nearly that time of year, when leaf peepers from Washington state to the rocky coast of Maine zip up their fleeces and head for the hills. For a uniquely Southern panorama, though, consider traveling to the lower altitudes, where the boughs of bald cypress quietly signal the changing season.Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Naples, Florida. This western Everglades Audubon sanctuary shows off the largest virgin bald cypress forest in the world via a two-mile boardwalk.
Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: Meet Ruddy Daggerwing, a South Florida character
Deep in the swamp and surrounded by green, an orange-and-black beauty seems to float on air. Dipping high and low, it lights on a buttonbush blossom for a drink of nectar, wings opening and closing slowly. Ruddy daggerwings can sip nectar from a variety of flowers, but at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, their favorites are buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis) and Virginia willow (Itea virginica).
Florida Wilderness Pros Offer Their Four Favorite Shaded Hikes for a Great Weekend Getaway
With South Florida still in the throes of summer heat, hiking might seem like a bonkers idea. But there are some beautiful shaded treks to be had in the region. Hike #1: Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to the world’s largest remaining old-growth bald cypress forest. These towering trees provide a view of what South Florida once looked like before human disturbance and logging. Corkscrew and the adjacent protected areas also play a critical role in protecting wildlands for the endangered Florida panther.
Corkscrew SIGHTINGS: High Water Levels at the Sanctuary Mean the Swamp is Doing its Job
By Shawn Clem, Director of Research - Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Hurricane Ian broke rainfall records across Florida and resulted in surface waters reaching nearly historic levels at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. The sanctuary received 5.8 inches of rainfall over the four days of the storm, making 2022 the second rainiest September in the sanctuary’s 63-year rainfall record.