|Ghost orchids: There's 1,500 left in southern Florida, and numbers dwindling, groups say
The plant is highly coveted among orchid collectors and garden enthusiasts, and it's largely confined to the Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park and Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
New technology traces songbird migration from the tropics to northern breeding areas
A Motus station at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary recently found one of those needles in a haystack on May 9. The station recorded an American Redstart tagged in Jamaica as part of a long-term study investigating the connection between areas where they spend their winters, spring departure timing, and migration. While some American Redstarts overwinter in South Florida, visitors at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary usually see them during spring and fall migration in the old-growth cypress forest.
Corkscrew Swamp ghost orchid in bloom as legal protections are delayed
The world-famous ghost orchid is blooming at Audubon Florida’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, which is a highlight of each year for orchid lovers who flock to the popular nature preserve east of Naples.