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Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
E-News | January 21, 2020
Corkscrew Swamp. Photo by RJ Wiley.
Corkscrew Swamp. Photo by RJ Wiley.
Hydrologic study reveals threats to Corkscrew Swamp
A study analyzing alarming hydrological changes at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary during the past 60 years was recently published in Wetland Science & Practice. The paper by Research Director Shawn Clem, Ph.D., and Michael J. Duever, Ph.D. unveiled disturbing trends in water loss and outlined threats and implications.

The research supports Corkscrew’s assertion that the Sanctuary and surrounding watershed is at serious risk due to hydrologic change. This risk is in the form of changes in vegetation and wildlife habitat, changes and loss of wading birds and other aquatic-dependent species, and vulnerability to catastrophic wildfire.Learn more and read the study
Lisa Korte
Lisa Korte in the Corkscrew Swamp. Photo: David Korte.
Our Swamp Treasure
Florida Weekly published an in depth article last week, profiling Sanctuary Director Lisa Korte, Ph.D, and outlining the important work taking place at the Corkscrew Swamp. The article notes the recently published hydrologic study and its significance, and also provides insight into Lisa's thoughts about the mission.
Poinciana 2nd grade class wearing compound eye goggles.
Adventures with Insects
The 2nd grade Insect Adventure, which began this month at the Sanctuary, teaches about insects while enabling students to look at their environment with a holistic view. Students, led by Audubon naturalists and trained Partner Educators, walk a specially constructed trail where they visit learning stations, perform experiments, and travel part of the boardwalk.
Corkscrew's "Super" Ghost Orchid. Photo: RJ Wiley.
RJ Wiley at the Gallery Café
Don’t miss this opportunity to view the photography of RJ Wiley, now on display in the Gallery Café until January 30. Wiley, a professional nature photographer and the resident photographer at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, is well known for his photography of the flora and fauna of southwest Florida, and his photographs of Corkscrew’s legendary “Super” Ghost Orchid have been published worldwide.
2020 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Magazine
The annual magazine for Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has arrived. This edition features articles on our Native Plant and Pollinator Garden, prescribed burns, updates on restoration efforts, an interview with Sanctuary Director Lisa Korte, Ph.D., trail cam photography, and more. Free print editions are available in the Visitor Center.
News & Updates
Swamp Meditation
Wednesday, January 29
Lunch & Learn: Bird Banding

Saturday, February 1
Swamp Meditation

Tuesday, February 4
Early Birding Walk

Tuesday, February 4
Lunch & Learn: Herons and Egrets

Thursday, February 6
Ancient Forest Tour

Friday, February 7
After Hours: Living with Panthers

Saturday, February 8
Opening for Artist, Andy Owen

Tuesday, February 11
Early Birding Walk

Tuesday, February 18
Early Birding Walk

Tuesday, February 18
Lunch & Learn: Climate Change

Corkscrew has been featured in a number of news stories recently.

The hydrologic study was featured in the October National Geographic article “Florida’s rare Ghost Orchids are getting cut off from water.”

The water loss study was also the focus of a report from Corkscrew by environmental reporter Stephanie Bryne of WINK News.

Corkscrew’s Nature Store was included in a list of great gift shops in the Naples Daily News on December 1 and Fort Myers News-Press Gulf Coasting section on December 6.

Corkscrew was named in the article “Best of Hidden Florida” in the December-January issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Corkscrew volunteers Art Blatt and Sandy Hollenhorst were featured in a story about Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count in Florida Weekly on December 11.

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.
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.
Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
375 Sanctuary Rd., Naples, FL 34120 USA
(239) 348-9151 corkscrew.audubon.org

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