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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
E-News | December 31, 2019
Lisa Korte, Sanctuary Director
Lisa Korte, Ph.D., Sanctuary Director, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
From the Sanctuary Director
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.

Sincerely,

Lisa Korte, Ph.D.
Sanctuary Director, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
WINK News interviews Eric and Donna Hausler of Naples
WINK News interviews Eric and Donna Hausler of Naples, who were the first visitors to set foot on the repaired boardwalk.
Section of the Boardwalk Reopens After 2 Years
Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary reopened a section of boardwalk on Friday, December 20, 2019, that had been closed to the public since it was damaged by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Anhinga family
Anhinga family by RJ Wiley
Corkscrew Artist Exhibit Opens for RJ Wiley
The photography of RJ Wiley is now on display in the Gallery Café. Wiley is a professional nature photographer and the resident photographer at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. His photographs of the "Super" Ghost Orchid have been published worldwide. Join us at the Meet the Artist opening on January 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
News & Updates
Swamp Meditation
UPCOMING EVENTS
Saturday, January 4
Swamp Meditation

Wednesday, January 8
Night Walk

Friday, January 10
Meet the Artist: RJ Wiley 

Tuesday, January 14
Early Birding Walk

Monday, January 16
Ancient Forest Tour

Wednesday, January 29
Lunch & Learn: Bird Banding
Volunteer Judy Johansen
HOW YOU CAN HELP
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Your contribution helps to protect and restore the 13,000-acre Sanctuary for the birds and wildlife that call Corkscrew home.

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Play a vital role in research, education, public programs, private programs, and Visitor Center operations.

Become a Partner
Join our special group of business partners that sustain our beloved Corkscrew Swamp.
Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary comprises 13,000 acres of sensitive land owned and protected by the National Audubon Society since 1954. Its renowned 2.25-mile boardwalk winds through the world's largest remaining bald cypress forest. Up until the early 1900's few people outside of southern Florida had ever heard of Corkscrew. Learn more about the history of Corkscrew.
Audubon strives to conserve and restore the habitats we share with all wildlife, focusing on the needs of birds.
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The mission of Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is to protect the natural resources of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, its surrounding watershed and the Western Everglades, and to influence Everglades restoration, for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people through land management, science, education, restoration and public policy advocacy.
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