A Hopeful Vision for Corkscrew’s Future

Sixty years ago, committed conservationists like you from rallied to buy the last stand of old-growth cypress at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary – one of the most important wading bird rookeries in the United States. Since that time, millions of visitors walked under our mighty cypress canopy, marveled at the diverse wildlife, and gasped that the sheer beauty of the ghost orchid or a chance sighting of a Florida panther.

But over the past 60 years, there have been some serious changes to the natural habitat that once surrounded Corkscrew. Developers have drained, filled, fragmented, and degraded nearby wetlands in the Corkscrew ecosystem.

On this 60th anniversary, Corkscrew has announced a five-year conservation vision to restore three square miles of strategic wetland habitat. Our goal is to bring back Wood Storks and other wildlife. The restored wetlands will improve water quality, recharge aquifers, regulate flooding, reestablish wildlife corridors, grow fish, and sustain wading bird communities.

In addition to land conservation projects on Corkscrew property, Audubon science and policy teams are promoting restoration, acquisition and proper permitting of shallow wetlands throughout the Everglades and beyond. These efforts are guiding meaningful permitting and mitigation policy changes that will have local and national significance, benefitting birds and other wildlife across the nation.

Corkscrew’s Blair Audubon Center provides 100,000 visitors a year an understanding of this important conservation work as staff and volunteers share our message through guided tours, exhibits and educational programs.  

Your gift right now will make a lasting difference to Corkscrew, the Western Everglades, and the thousands of people whose lives are enriched by visiting this special place.

Invest in the science, policy and resource management needed to bring back Corkscrew’s beloved Wood Storks and other wildlife to Corkscrew and the Western Everglades.

Fill out the honoree/memorial block on the attached donate page and your honoree will automatically receive this certificate of thanks from Audubon.

 
     
 

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“We have been visiting Corkscrew since the early 80’s and volunteering since 2006. As volunteers we get visitors to notice their surroundings and the importance of Corkscrew’s habitats, prescribed burns, wetlands and wildlife. We get lots of great questions. Each new answer leads to another question.”


Dick and Sharon Stilwell,
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Volunteers

 

 

 
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