Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum

Friday, March 2, 2018


The 60,000-acre Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed is dedicated to the preservation of water resources and natural communities. A variety of agencies and organizations assist with this cooperative effort including Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, the South Florida Water Management District, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the CREW Trust, and Collier County, among others.

Begun by our science staff in 2015 and held at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, this one-day meeting brings together scientists working within the Corkscrew Watershed to present their work to their colleagues, policy staff, decision makers, volunteers and the general public. This meeting provides a platform for scientific presentations, as well as opportunities for networking, productive discussion, and building collaborations.



8:30 a.m. - Coffee, networking

8:45 a.m. - Welcome – Jim Schuette, South Florida Water Management District

9:00 a.m. - Hydrology of the Big Cypress before canals (and the myth of the rain driven swamp) – Bob Sobczak, National Park Service, Big Cypress National Preserve

9:20 a.m. - 2017: A year of contrasts – Joss Nageon De Lestang, South Florida Water Management District

9:40 a.m. - Past, present and future weather trends for Southwest Florida – Robert Molleda, NOAA/National Weather Service

10:00 a.m. - How changes in hydrology affect fire management – Big Cypress National Preserve Fire Staff

10:20 a.m. - Break

10:40 a.m. - Changes in fish communities along Corkscrew’s Central Marsh Transect 1970s to present – Shawn Clem, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

11:00 a.m. - Frog Watch Program: Changes in anuran occupancy at CREW over the last 10 years – Kathleen Smith, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission-CREW WEA

11:20 a.m. - Land Use Right – Mike Bosi, Collier County Growth Management Department

11:40 a.m. - Environmental monitoring throughout our region – Open Participation

12:00 p.m. - Lunch (provided for registered attendees)

1:00 p.m. - Discussion - Changes within our watershed: predicting, preventing, measuring, and mitigating; Facilitator: Win Everham, Florida Gulf Coast University

3:00 p.m. - Wrap-up



The 1st Annual Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum was held on February 27, 2015

Presentations from the 2015 Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum held on February 27, 2015.

The 2nd Annual Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum was held on January 29, 2016

Presentations from the 2016 Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum held on January 29, 2016.

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