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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
IUCN category Ib (wilderness area)
Map showing the location of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
Location Collier County, Florida, United States
Nearest city Naples, Florida
Governing body National Audubon Society
Designated March 23, 2009
Designated March 1964

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a National Audubon Society sanctuary located in southwest Florida, north of Naples, Florida and east of Bonita Springs, in the United States. The sanctuary was established to protect one of the largest remaining stands of bald cypress (Taxodium distichum) and pond cypress (T. ascendens) in North America from extensive logging that was ongoing throughout the 1940s and 50s.


  • History 1
  • Park offerings and amenities 2
  • Gallery 3
  • External links 4


The Corkscrew Cypress Rookery Association was formed in 1954 to protect the area. The National Audubon Society accepted responsibility for management and started constructing the first boardwalk through the swamp in 1955. In all, nearly 45 square kilometres (17 sq mi) of wetland was purchased or donated (most from or by the owners, Lee Tidewater Cypress Center Co. and Collier Enterprises).

Park offerings and amenities

Today, a boardwalk of a little over 3 km (1.9 mi) length provides walking access through (actually 'over') pine flatwoods, wet prairie, pond cypress, bald cypress, and marsh ecosystems within the sanctuary.

The sactuary is a 'gateway site' for the Great Florida Birding Trail. It is an important breeding area for the endangered wood stork and other wetland birds. It also has wintering passerines, including the painted bunting. Numerous wading bird species can be found in the wetlands of the sanctuary, including the yellow-crowned night heron, black-crowned night heron, tricolored heron, great egret, and snowy egret. Specialist birds include limpkin, barred owl and, in summer, swallow-tailed kite. The sanctuary visitor center is a Living Machine demonstration site.

American alligators and cottonmouth snakes are also inhabitants.


External links

  • Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary website
  • Corkscrew Swamp Online Picture Tour
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