Panther Island Adventures!

Panther Island is 2,800 acres of restored wetland and upland habitats situated in the northwest corner of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary's 13,000 acres. It is home to numerous plants and animals including the Florida panther and the iconic wood stork.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016

World Wetland's Day Festival fast approaching...

Our World Wetlands Day Festival falls on Saturday, February 6, 2016. This educational and fun time highlights and celebrates the importance of wetlands. As a designated Wetland of International Importance, it is important that we work to educate people about how vital wetlands are to the planet's and humanity's future. Lots of fun activities are planned for the day, and there will be discovery stations, guided boardwalk tours, a farmer's market, art and music, and more! So come on out and join us.

For more information visit: http://www.corkscrewwetlandsday.com/


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blog reboot! Getting rolling again...

It is a brand new year so the perfect time to reboot my blog! So come along for brand new adventures and learn about the amazing science based conservation and management going on at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary!  To start, the 2nd Annual Corkscrew Corkscrew Watershed Science Forum is tomorrow, January 29. Scientists and land managers from the region will be presenting current research and have discussions on the ecology, conservation, and management of our watershed. You can't beat such an amazing opportunity to learn about Audubon Florida's focus on conservation based in sound science.

For more information and to register: www.CWSF2016.eventbrite.com

View of Corkscrew taken during an aerial survey for birds and invasive plants
Photo: Allyson L. Webb 

View at sunset of the Corkscrew backcountry
Photo: Allyson L. Webb

Monday, March 30, 2015

Swamp Rule #5: Be flexible!

So after my surgery I have had to wear a big bulky boot. It is cumbersome and not easy to work in, especially when on an atv with a foot shifter! Field work often means having to get creative in order to get things done or fixed. So I improvised to either ride side saddle and shift with my right foot or can reach down and use my hand. Where there is a will there is a way!!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Surgery hiatus

Unfortunately I had to recently undergo surgery for chronic issues with my ankle. So I will be posting some recently taken pictures in the near future for your enjoyment. Stay tuned! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Swamp rule #4: proper footwear required!

As a land manager, I spend lots of time on my feet: hiking to do bird or vegetation surveys, clambering through saw palmetto to kill Invasives or do interior spot ignition on prescribed fire, tromping through waist deep water while spraying, and a myriad other activities. So it's important to wear proper shoes! And to check on their state on occasion so you don't end up with boots like mine. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Prescribed fire season

Many people ask about management techniques, and the most economical and best for ecosystem health, in my mind, is prescribed fire. We conduct these on Corkscrew for a variety of reasons. And recently we did one just north of the exit boardwalk at the Visitor Center. Our target habitats were wet prairie and pine flatwoods. The burn went well and hopefully there will be zephyr lilies in the burned area in the coming weeks!