Re-opening Update | Lunch and Learn | Top 100 Ecology Paper | End of Water Year Report
Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Sanctuary Nearly Ready to Re-open
We’ve been closed now for three months, and have been working hard to develop procedures to ensure the continued safety of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. We hope to welcome visitors as early as mid-July. When we re-open, our temporary hours of operation will be Wednesday – Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thank you so much for your continued patience! We can’t wait to welcome you back.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary prairie
Lunch and Learn: Frog Watch’s Collier County Crew on June 26
Ever wonder which Southwest Florida native species are providing us with a free concert on a rainy, summer night? Find out the answer to this question and learn more about the adventures of a Frog Watch Crew in Collier County, Florida. Our June 26 Lunch and Learn webinar will be presented by Becky Speer, Recreation Assistant at the Naples Preserve. In her presentation, she will share what the crew does, share calls of common frogs and toads in Southwest Florida, and discuss the other animals the crew encounters during frog surveys. The webinar is free but participation requires registration. Be sure to download the Frog Watch PDF from the registration page!
Green Tree Frog. Photo: Ron Echols
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Research Receives International Acclaim
In 2019, research conducted at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary made international headlines when visiting researchers’ camera traps captured the pollination of a Ghost Orchid and upended long-standing hypotheses about the identity of this rare orchid's pollinators. Now, the September 2019 peer-reviewed paper describing that research has made a prestigious list of Scientific Reports’ most downloaded research papers. The Sanctuary’s Ghost Orchid paper was ranked 46 on a list of the top 100 ecology publications of 2019.
Peter Houlihan photographs the "Super" Ghost Orchid. Photo by Mac Stone.
End-of-Year Water Report
While rainfall at the Sanctuary in May 2020 was typical, the total annual rainfall from June 2019 – May 2020 was the fourth lowest on record. At the beginning of Water Year 2021, the onset of the rainy season has already begun to fill the swamp. 
Water returns to the North Lettuce Lake.
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