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, December 12, 2012

Winter Solstice

Muggy warm days in southern Florida belie the notion of winter, even in the Sunshine state. However, just around the "bend" is the winter solstice. What exactly is that? The winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night of the year and often marks the beginning of winter. Immediately after the days begin to lengthen and nights shorten. While this might hold as much significance now, it historically was.

In ancient times, this was a day of huge celebration. In recent times its significance has dwindled. However at Corkscrew there will be an After Hours program so come out and enjoy the boardwalk under the stars!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Wet prairie/pine flatwoods burn

Winter prescribed fire season is upon us. This week a burn was executed on Corkscrew. Fire is a great management tool and necessary for the flora and fauna which are fire adapted. Remember, Florida is the lightning capital of the United States and an added benefit to people of prescribed fire is the reduction of dangerous fuels that are easily combustible in a lightning storm!