A sobering fact: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is home to the oldest growth bald cypress trees on the planet –not the United States, not the southern hemisphere: on the planet.
Welcome to wild Florida. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary offers 13,000 protected acres in the heart of the western Everglades of which 700 acres are home to the virgin bald cypress. Nearly wiped out from over logging in the 40’s just as the beautiful heron and egret populations were devastated throughout Florida’s rookeries up until the early 1900’s for the sake of their plumes.
Learn the storied history of the devoted men and woman who stepped up over a century, now, to preserve these essential lands and its wildlife- from the end of the barrel of a Winchester when Audubon’s deputy, Rhett Green, took the cries of baby birds personally who had lost their parents to feather hunters in the early 1900’s to today’s extraordinary sanctuary still waiting with baited breath for the resurgence of the once prolific wood stork.
Not just a beautifully forested swamp sanctuary, a cry for us all to keep up the good fight. The struggle continues and is dependent on our support as much today as yesterday.