It is believed that if the land is properly managed, all else including wildlife will take care of itself. Staff and volunteers maintain an active database of daily wildlife sightings around the boardwalk as well as conduct monthly bird and yearly butterfly censuses. The research program is continuously growing and adding to the existing monitoring.
Listed species that inhabit Corkscrew Swamp include the Florida Panther (Felix concolor), Black Bear (Ursus americanus), and Wood Stork (Mycteria americana).
Proper land management and maintenance of hydrologic conditions will help ensure the preservation of these imperiled species.