| Happy New Year!|
As I look forward to the New Year, I am grateful to have landed at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Reflecting on the highlights of 2019, we have a solid foundation to continue our mission to protect the Sanctuary’s natural resources.
Our land management team led our efforts with a focus on maintaining good habitat by pushing back invasive species and implementing prescribed burning programs. In addition to maintenance of land, we completed the first phase of restoration for 225 acres of marsh and prairie wetlands.
Our research team shed new light on the pollinators of ghost orchids. Discoveries like this reinforce the importance of protecting our old growth cypress swamps. At the same time, analysis of 60 years of water levels at the Sanctuary remind us of the dynamic, yet fragile state of water in Southwest Florida. Our wetlands must be protected.
The Blair Audubon Visitor Center hosted more than 100,000 visitors in 2019. While some visitors strolled the boardwalk, others engaged in a variety of education programs from swamp walks to science education for local elementary schools. Each day at Corkscrew Sanctuary brings a new experience and a fresh appreciation for nature. Each visit provides a memorable experience.
In April 2019, the Society of Wetland Scientists recognized Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary as a Wetland of Distinction. This honor assures us that we’re doing the right thing for wetlands in Southwest Florida. I wish you all the best in the New Year and hope to see you at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in 2020.
Lisa Korte, Ph.D.
Sanctuary Director, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary