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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary








Description of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Location: Collier County  Map

Area: 17 sq mi (45 km2)


The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a nature reserve in the Western Everglades near the city of Naples and Bonita Springs in Collier County. The nature reserve was established in 1954 to protect the cypresses and is home to the largest stock of 400 to 700 year old cypresses in the US. Overall, the Corkscrew Swamp Nature Reserve has an area of approximately 52.6 kmĀ² with a variety of animal species. This area is managed by the National Audubon Society.

A boardwalk of a little over 3 km (1.9 mi) length provides walking access through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, stands of pond cypress and bald cypress, and marsh ecosystems within the sanctuary. Getting off the walkway is dangerous. In 2017, some parts of the boardwalk were damaged by bald cypress trees knocked over by Hurricane Irma. Most of the damage was repaired, but several small sections have been permanently closed.

The sanctuary is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is an important breeding area for the endangered wood stork and other wetland birds. It also has wintering passerines, including the painted bunting. Numerous wading bird species can be found in the wetlands of the sanctuary, including the yellow-crowned night heron, black-crowned night heron, tricolored heron, great egret, and snowy egret. Specialist birds include limpkin, barred owl and, in summer, swallow-tailed kite. The nature reserve shows various landscape areas, the pine highlands, wet meadows, the cypress forest, the wetland and the lettuce lake.

Hares, snakes, lizards and various species of birds live in the Corkscrew Swamp Nature Reserve. Even endangered bird species such as the wood stork have their habitat there.









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