Corkscrew's Ghost Orchid on July 14, 2018. Photo: RJ Wiley
A visit to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a journey into the heart of the Everglades ecosystem. Discover the rugged beauty of this famed natural area on Corkscrew's famous boardwalk - a 2.5-mile adventure through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.
Located about 30 minutes east of Naples, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to hundreds of alligators, otters, white-tailed deer, and red-bellied turtles. A wide variety of wading birds, songbirds, raptors and the fabulous Painted Bunting can be seen throughout the year. Photo opportunities are available at every turn of the boardwalk trail.
As of Thurssday, July 19, 2018, the "Super" Ghost Orchid has four flowers and four buds. Please check back for updates. (The first flower this year bloomed Sunday, July 8. The second and third appeared Saturday, July 14. The fourth bloomed on Thursday, July 19.)