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June 6

Sanctuary Provides Refuge for Wildlife and People to Escape the Heat

Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum

Water Level Update May 2024

Wood Stork Nesting Update - May 2024

Enjoy Sunset, Yoga, and More on Summer Solstice, June 20


May 17

Blair Visitor Center Update

Join Us on World Bee Day

Volunteer Spotlight: Lucas Vincent

Save the Date for Summer Solstice and Wellness

April 26

Blair Visitor Center Update

Thank You, Herc Rentals!

Summer Camp Spots Are Filling Quickly

Celebrate Pollinators on World Bee Day, May 20


April 10

Surveys Recording the Sanctuary’s Orchids, Bromeliads, and Ferns

What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary So Special?

Upcoming Events You Won’t Want to Miss

Celebrating Our Volunteers

Welcome, Heather Gienapp!

Wedding Professionals Gathered at Blair Visitor Center

March 8

Above-average Winter Rainfall Results in High Water Levels

Wood Storks are Nesting, Just Not at Corkscrew Swamp

Prescribed Fire Update – Focus on the Future

Happiness Workshop in Nature - April 22

Participate in Audubon Florida's Birdathon at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary


Feb. 24

Swallow-tailed Kites Have Returned

Learn About Butterflies Day - March 14

Summer Camp Registration is Now Open

Final Corkscrew Member Lecture

Corkscrew Photography Exhibit Now On View


Feb. 8

Photographer-in-Residence Exhibit Unveiled During World Wetlands Day Event

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Assists UConn with Migration Research

Welcome Seasonal Educators!

March Member Lecture: Discoveries From Corkscrew's Trail Cameras

Photo Exhibit and Reception at the Immokalee Pioneer Museum at Roberts Ranch


Jan. 26

World Wetlands Day and 70th Anniversary Kickoff Next Friday

Volunteer Spotlight

New Photographer-in-Residence Exhibit in the Cypress Café

Corkscrew Member Lecture Series

New Field Guide Available for Purchase


January 8, 2024

Kicking Off 70 Years of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

A Visionary Plan for Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Join us on World Wetlands Day, Friday February 2!

NEW! Photography Exhibit in the Cypress Café


December 14

Gratitude From the Sanctuary Director

Celebrate Birds on January 5 and February 2!

FGCU Student Completes Service-Learning Project about Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Elon University Student Conducts Insect Research at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Supporter Spotlight

Rainfall and Water Level Update

Migrating Red Knot Recorded by Corkscrew’s Motus Station


November 22

Happy Holidays!

Black Friday Story Time and Book Signing

FREE Guided Tours on Sundays, Included with Admission

Corkscrew Member Lecture Series

November 9

Spotted! A Florida Black Bear

That’s a Wrap – Audubon Assembly 2023 a Success

Monitoring Mammals for Conservation

Year-end Giving

Rainfall and Water Level Update

Story Time and Book Signing November 24


October 19

NEW Hours, Tours, and More in Store for Season

Venue Open House

Corkscrew Nature Store Has Fall Favorites for Everyone

We're Hiring: Join Our Flock!


September 23

Welcome Back to the Sanctuary! Reopening on Monday, Sept. 25

Sharing Knowledge in the Community

Congratulations, Shawn Clem, New Director of Conservation

Welcome to the Flock, Jeff Gage

NEW! Bring Your Own Bike Tour October 10

Rainfall and Water Level Update

Standoff at the Swamp Sends Young Photographer to the U.S. Capitol

Registration is Open for Florida Master Naturalist Program Freshwater Systems


September 8

We're Closing for 12 Days!


August 17

Swallow-tailed Kites Staging at the Sanctuary

Moonlight on the Boardwalk and Member Swamp Social

Corkscrew Conservation Team Visits St. Johns River

"Super" Ghost Orchid Sports New Blooms

Welcome, Jordan!

Volunteer Spotlight - Steve Simpson

Rainfall and Water Level Update

Nine Award-Winning Photos Suitable for Framing Available for Purchase


July 13

The "Super" Ghost Orchid is Blooming!

Join Us for Corkscrew Hammock Day and a Spanish Guided Tour on July 21

Award Winning Photos on View at the Blair Center


June 13

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Voted "Best Nature and Wildlife Viewing"

Using Technology to Understand Habitat Connections

Celebrating Latino Conservation Week on Hammock Day, July 21

Thank You for Our New Airboat!

Encouraging Collaboration for Regional Wetland Resilience

Celebrating a Staff Milestone


May 12

Earth Day Owlets 

St. Johns River Water Management District Collaborates with the Sanctuary on Best Practices

Endangered Species Week – Next Week!

Wood Stork Monitoring and Water Level Update

Corkscrew Sanctuary Staff Participate in Annual Everglades Conference

Members-Only Early Admission Days


April 13

Feeding Frenzy at the Lettuce Lakes

Join Us on Earth Day

Thank You, Volunteers

Wood Stork Nesting Update

Corkscrew Sanctuary Hosts Visiting Researcher from Mississippi State University

Farewell, Debbie Lotter

American Bitterns are Masters of Camouflage


March 16

Swallow-tailed Kites Have Returned

We Have Chicks at the Wood Stork Colony!

Prescribed Fire Training Hosted at the Sanctuary

Safety Corner: Dry Weather Curtails Prescribed Fire Season

Meet George McKenzie

Great News for Collier County Conservation

South Florida Water Management District Releases 2021 South Florida Wading Bird Report

NEW: Photography Classes


February 8

Love is in the Air

Audubon Helps Cut the Ribbon on New Water Control Structure

Water Levels and Wood Stork Update

Save the Date for Give Where You Live Collier Feb. 15-16

Getting to Know Our New Director

Restoration Complete on 68 More Acres Thanks to Prescribed Fire

Member Lecture: Lessons from Ian, Irma, and Others on Feb. 10

Save Your Spots for School's Out and Summer Camp


January 12

Keith Laakkonen Named Sanctuary Director

Happy Retirement, Marshall Olson!

Prescribed Fire Season Under Way

Wood Stork Monitoring Flight Shows Nests at the Sanctuary

Now Offering Guided Forest Bathing Meditation

Rainfall and Swamp Water Levels

NEW: Book Your Wedding or Remembrance Ceremony


December 7

Displaced Ducklings Find New Home

Corkscrew Sanctuary's Jacob Zetzer Recognized

Welcome, Cecilia Benalcazar!

Discoveries After Dusk is TOMORROW!

Member Corner: Lectures and Holiday Store Discount

Mark Your Calendar for School’s Out and Summer Camp!

"Flight of the Woodstork" accepted into Wildlife Conservation Film Festival


November 3

Bird Feeders are Back!

Motus Station Provides Data on Migrating Birds

Another Mac Stone Photo from Corkscrew Sanctuary Honored

Special Events Aim to Relax Your Body, Mind, and Soul

Discoveries After Dusk – December 8

NEW: Dip-netting and Alligator Stations

The Magic of Corkscrew


October 6

Hurricane Ian Update


July 14

The "Super" Ghost Orchid is Blooming

Rainy Season has Returned to the Sanctuary

250 More Acres Are Under Restoration

What a Week! Wild Florida Adventure Camp

Relax Your Mind, Body, and Spirit on National Hammock Day

Audubon Photography Awards


June 1

"Flight of the Wood Stork" Provides a Bird's View of Restoration

Celebrate Summer Solstice on the Boardwalk

Free Day Welcomes Nearly 800 Visitors

Bird Tracking Station Installed at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Supporter Spotlight: Community Partners

Guided Walks on the Horizon


April 28

If These Trees Could Talk - Arbor Day Message


April 14

Dry-down Underway!

Help Us Celebrate Our National Natural Landmark Designation on May 18!

Thank You, Volunteers, For an Amazing Season!

Boardwalk Repairs are Underway

American White Pelican Flock at Our Restoration Site

Addressing Threats to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s Wetlands


March 10

Bringing Birds Back

Wild Florida Adventure Camp

Youth Education Programs Have Resumed

Engaging College Students 

Helping a Boy's Wish Come True

Prescribed Fire Update

Upcoming Events


Feb. 17

River Otters On the Boardwalk

Wood Stork and Water Level Update

NEW Guided Walk: Pine Flatwoods

Just a Day in the Swamp – Behind the Scenes with Campus Host Harry Hite

Thank You, Collier Residents, for Lending Your Voice to Conservation!

The Great Backyard Bird Count is THIS WEEKEND!

Give Where You Live!

Upcoming Events


Jan. 12, 2022

Ancient Forest Tours

No Wood Stork Nests, Yet

Water Level Update

Timed Ticketing is Here to Stay

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks on the Move

Christmas Bird Count


Dec. 14, 2021

End of Year Report: Summary of 2021 with Special Section on Fire


Nov. 10, 2021

Lucky Ducklings Find New Home in Restoration Area

Dodson Spur Reopens

Engaging Our Visitors

Our Public Programs are Filling Fast!

Spotted: A Florida Panther!

Audubon Assembly Comes to Corkscrew Sanctuary

Protecting Biodiversity on a Hemispheric Scale

Protecting Water Quality is Good for Birds and Beer!

Members Get In Free

Celebrating Small Businesses


Oct. 14, 2021

Photo from the Sanctuary Honored in International Wildlife Photographer of the Year Contest

Florida Black Bear Filmed Foraging in Restoration Area

Keeping Our Land Managers Rolling with a New Buggy

Corkscrew Swamp is a Sanctuary for Wildlife and a Living Laboratory

Hundreds of Collier County Residents Enjoy Free Admission


Sept. 14, 2021

Marsh and Prairie Restoration Update

Free Admission for Collier County Residents

Recognizing Our Summer Volunteers

Collier Mosquito Control District Proposes Expansion of Boundary into Conservation Lands

August Water Level Update


Aug. 25, 2021

Guided Walks Resume

Managing Wetlands in Summer Rainy Season

Support Our Mission: "Super" Ghost Orchid Merchandise is Available!

Members' Day Fun


July 21, 2021

The "Super" Ghost Orchid is Blooming

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Featured on NBC Nightly News Broadcast

Preserving the Serenity of the Boardwalk

From the Field Update

Improving the Rural Land Stewardship Program

Member Event Preview


June 16, 2021

Dodson Spur Repairs Underway

Senior Resource Manager Allyson Webb Honored

Blair Center Update

Board Member Spotlight: Tom Maish

State of the Everglades

Upcoming Events


May 13, 2021

Wood Stork Chicks Should Fledge Soon

Corkscrew Receives $1.2 Million Grant from Publix

Corporate Partner Spotlight: Naples Trust Company

Helping Keep the Sanctuary Free from Plastic

Sanctuary Featured on TV Broadcast

Safety Corner: Deer Flies


April 14, 2021

Lucky Visitors See a Panther on the Boardwalk

Water Level Update

Sea World Supports Marsh and Prairie Restoration

Blair Center Admissions Update

Prescribed Fire North of Boardwalk

Incorporating Drones as Research and Land Management Tool

Upcoming Events


March 11, 2021

Hydrologic Modeling Study Reveals Canal Operations are Drying the Sanctuary

Recent Flight Confirms Wood Stork Nesting Activity at the Sanctuary

Blair Audubon Center Unveils NEW Ticketing Platform and Pricing Structure

Thank You, Crowther Roofing!

Safety Corner: Widowmakers


Feb. 18, 2021

Wood Stork Nest Monitoring Update

Blair Center Info

Prescribed Fire Season Underway

Give Where You Live Collier Day

Volunteer Boardwalk Repair Team 


Jan. 14, 2021

Changes in Blair Center Admissions

Partnering to Restore Wetlands

Audubon's Christmas Bird Count

Save the Date! Give Where You Live


Jan. 6, 2021

Celebrating the Successes of 2020


Dec. 3, 2020

Florida Panther Mount Donated to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Speaking of Florida Panthers...

Hydrologic Update

We've Expanded our Hours!

Lunch and Learn: Climate Messaging on December 8

Holiday Shopping Online with Curbside Pickup Available!

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in the News


Nov. 5, 2020

Hydrologic Update

Conservation Collier Referendum Passes!

Lunch and Learn: Climate Messaging on December 8

Fish Sampling Resumes

Thanksgiving Sale

Saying Goodbye...


Oct. 1, 2020

We're Reopening!

Online Nature Store

Lunch and Learn: Finding Fluorescence

South Florida Wading Bird Report

Maintaining our Ramsar Designation

New Virtual Adventure for Students

Audubon Assembly


Aug. 25, 2020

Ghost Orchid Webinar Sept. 9

Keeping a Keen Eye on Water Levels

Safeguarding Precious Natural Resources: Saw Palmetto

Safety Corner: Flannel Moth Larva a.k.a. Puss Caterpillar


July 23, 2020

Celebrating a Restoration Milestone

First Ghost Orchid Flowers of the Season

Lunch and Learn: Conservation Campaigning Jul. 29

#HalfMyDAF Challenge

Summer Prescribed Burn

Sanctuary Receives Grant from Community Foundation of Collier County


June 26, 2020

Re-opening Update

Frog Watch Webinar

Sanctuary Research Receives International Acclaim

End-of-year Water Report


May 21, 2020

Annual Wetland Drydown Produces Massive Concentration of Fish

Don't Miss the Next Virtual Lunch and Learn Lecture with Dr. Jerry Jackson

DRY is the word!

Wildfire Threat is High

April 24, 2020

From the Sanctuary Director

Join Us for a Virtual Lunch and Learn

The Drydown is Happening! Feeding Frenzy, Not So Much

Recognizing Our Volunteers

Another Live Stream From Corkscrew Shared on National Audubon Society Facebook page

Suggested Stay-at-Home Reading


March 30, 2020

Bobcat Sightings

Annual Wetlands Drydown is Underway

Fire Season Update

Get Your Swamp Fix


March 16, 2020

Sanctuary Closure


March 6, 2020

The Experience of a Lifetime for One Lucky Volunteer

Partnering to Protect Wetland Habitat

Get Your Gift Cards Here!


February 21, 2020

What's Up With Wood Storks?

Second Graders in the House

Otterly Amazing!

Volunteer Update


February 6, 2020

Don't Miss Corkscrew After Hours This Friday

Meet Our Partner... the Community Foundation of Collier County

Cypress Celebration

Prescribed Fire Awareness Week


January 21, 2020

Hydrologic study reveals threats to Corkscrew Swamp

Our Swamp Treasure

Adventures with Insects

RJ Wiley at the Gallery Café


December 31, 2019

From the Sanctuary Director

Section of the Boardwalk Reopens After 2 Years

Corkscrew Artist Exhibit Opens for RJ Wiley


November 7, 2019

Learn about owls at After Hours

Corkscrew’s Stilwells are Audubon Florida’s top volunteers

Meet Corkscrew’s ambassador snake on Veteran’s Day

How you can help, right now