Conservation is at the heart of Corkscrew's mission. For over a century, Audubon has worked to protect and restore America's Everglades. Famous for its abundance of birdlife, the Everglades has faced many challenges. From the murder of Audubon Warden Guy Bradley by plume hunters as he fought to protect some of the Everglades' iconic species, to the nearly devastating changes from the 20th Century efforts to ditch, dike, and drain the watershed for development and agriculture, Audubon has led an unprecedented ecological intervention. And the staff at Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary are at the forefront of this mission.
Land managers, field biologists, hydrologists, citizen scientists, students, and volunteers work thousands of hours each year in the Corkscrew backcountry to help us understand this vital ecosystem. These dedicated individuals work throughout the ecosystem to ensure that sound science underpins plans for Everglades restoration.
Since 2018, Sanctuary staff, partners, and contractors have been working to study and address substantial changes to water levels in the swamp. Long-term monitoring results showing that the wetlands were drying out faster and the observed near-collapse of the Wood Stork nesting colony led Sanctuary managers to conduct a hydrologic modeling study aimed at better understanding the causes of the over-drying of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.
Learn more about Corkscrew's conservation goals and how you can visit at: corkscrew.audubon.org