Conservation

Habitat Stewardship

Five principle components: fire, invasive species, hydrology, wildlife & plants, and human access.

Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located in Collier and Lee Counties in southwest Florida, is a 13,000-acre wildlife sanctuary established in 1954. The Sanctuary contains representatives of South Florida's major upland and freshwater wetland ecosystems. Relatively stable communities have evolved here in response to natural regimes of fire, water, soil, and climate.

Natural resource management is a priority at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; management efforts are directed by data gathered from sound scientific research. The resource management program focuses on five principal components: fire, invasive species, hydrology, wildlife & plants, and human access. 

Scientific Research

Support is sought from the academic world and others to conduct research on resource management and other environmental issues. Furthermore, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an ideal location for research to be conducted because natural conditions are pristine and land use is not changing rapidly. Scientists approach the Sanctuary each year with an interest in conducting research. If you are interested in conducting scientific studies in Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, please click here.

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Hydrology
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Hydrology

Water is the lifeblood of South Florida and the Everglades.

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Invasive Species
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Invasive Species

It is important that Corkscrew Swamp remain in its natural state, the way Florida looked for hundreds of years.

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Prescribed Fire
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Fire

Prescribed burns are an extremely useful land management tool that helps control exotics, perpetuate fire-dependent species, improve aesthetics, and enhance wildlife habitat.

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Wildlife and Plants
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Wildlife and Plants

Numerous wildlife species inhabit Corkscrew Swamp.

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Human Access
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Human Access

The Sanctuary attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

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Panther Island
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Panther Island

Panther Island is an active habitat restoration project located along the northern and western boundaries of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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