Home to birds, mammals, reptiles, insects and plants, the unique Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a very special place in Southwest Florida.

The sanctuary is spread across 13,000 acres of wetlands habitat assembled more than 60 years ago and is home to the largest old-growth bald cypress forest remaining in the world, which was historically the largest nesting colony of wood storks in North America. But, on any given day you may see alligators, black bears, panthers, sandhill cranes, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets, tricolored herons, warblers, wading birds and white ibis along with ghost orchids and other rare plants.

But more than that, Corkscrew Swamp is a significant and vital piece of the watershed in the Western Everglades whose wetlands store water for dry season, stave off drought and salt-water intrusion, store flood waters during storms and ameliorate weather extremes while sequestering nutrients that would otherwise contribute to algae blooms and poor water quality.

For more information visit: http://corkscrew.audubon.org/