Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the Naples, Florida area suffered significant damage from Hurricane Irma. The sanctuary is closed until further notice while we assess and repair damage from Hurricane Irma. The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and we will be posting updates on this page as they are available. Right now, initial reports indicate that several trees have fallen on some facilities, power lines, and several sections of the iconic boardwalk. As we recover and make repairs, we could use your support. Click here to make a gift directly to Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
We anticipate being closed for a minimum of two weeks while repairs are made. Thank you for your support.
Before Hurricane Irma arrived, the team at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary thoroughly prepared by securing buildings and vehicles throughout the campus. Tree limbs, trees coming down, and loss of electricity always remain storm concerns at the sanctuary. An initial assessment after the hurricane revealed significant tree damage and downed trees throughout the campus, including one hung up on a power line. Local utility officials are aware and will get to it as quickly as able. Luckily, no buildings were damaged, but the boardwalk was significantly damaged. Two Landmark Trees are down: Da Vinci and Guy Bradley. The remaining 10 are fine. The tree which hosts the super ghost is also okay, but we have not been able to confirm the orchid is still present due to conditions on the boardwalk. There are several locations where trees came down and damaged the iconic boardwalk. Some of those spots will require a complete rebuild of that section of the boardwalk.
Sept. 15, 2017 Update
A team of hard-working Audubon staff and volunteers have managed to clear trees and debris that were blocking entry to the library and center. They did this all without A/C, power or cell service! Staff and volunteers have also cleared the boardwalk from the Bunting House entrance up to the shortcut then along the shortcut and up to the bypass trail. The usual route between the bypass path has multiple large trees down, and a tree removal company will be out soon. Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary remains closed, but we hope to partially open once it is safe to do so and power has is restored.