Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, located in Naples, has announced a variety of guided walks to be hosted at the Blair Audubon Center for fall season. Guided walks on the boardwalk are some of the best ways to learn about and experience the Western Everglades.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an Important Bird Area, part of the Atlantic Flyway for bird migration, the gateway site for the southwest region of the Great Florida Birding Trail, and is a Ramsar-designated Wetland of International Importance.
The Blair Audubon Center, at 375 Sanctuary Road, is open with timed daily admissions from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. It offers exhibits, a Nature Store, and a world-famous, 2.25-mile boardwalk that meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh, and finally into the largest old-growth bald cypress forest in North America. Admission is $17 for adults, $6 for kids 6-14, and free for kids under six and Friends of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary members. Advance tickets are required.
Early Birding Walk
Experience the sights and sounds of the awakening swamp with one of our naturalists guiding you to look for birds. Learn about the birds' life habits and the importance to these birds of the native upland and freshwater wetland plants and habitats that occur at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Plus, learn what you can do to help improve habitats for birds. Cost is $30, discounted for members. Limit: 10 participants. Register.
8 – 11 a.m. 9/24, 10/22, 10/26, 11/12, 11/16, 11/23, 12/14, 12/21
This naturalist-guided tour on the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary boardwalk leads you into the swamp as the day draws to a close. As twilight approaches, many creatures are winding down their day as nocturnal creatures are beginning theirs. Watch sunset from the observation tower, then listen to the changes in sounds as the day changes to night. Search for nocturnal creatures on the way back to the visitor center, and learn about some of their adaptations that enable them to be nocturnal. Cost is $40, discounted for members. Limit: 10 participants. Register.
6 – 8:30 p.m. 9/29
5:45 – 8:15 p.m. 10/12
4:30 – 7 p.m. 11/17
Enjoy a night in the swamp on this guided walk which brings you into the swamp when the nocturnal animals are out and vocal, and great views of the night sky (clouds permitting). You never know what you will hear or see on a visit to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary but a night visit should bring the sounds of calling insects, possibly owls and alligators, and most likely a surprise or two! You will also learn about the nocturnal biodiversity of the swamp and adaptations that enable nocturnal wildlife to thrive. Cost is $40, discounted for members. Limit: 10 participants. Register.
6:45 – 9 p.m. 10/19
5:30 – 7:45 p.m. 11/10