Audubon Florida News

Topic: Birding,Climate Change,Corkscrew Swamp,Save Our Swamp



The whoopie at Corkscrew must be contagious.

posted on January 15, 2009 in Birding,Climate Change,Corkscrew Swamp,Save Our Swamp

419px-haliaeetus_leucocephalus-tree-usfwsIn addition to seeing the return of nesting wood storks for the first time in two years, Corkscrew is also home to what will hopefully be its first nesting pair of bald eagles since the 1950’s. On Friday morning, January 9th, Mike Knight over at Corkscrew heard a bald eagle calling. Yesterday, he found the nest in a large pine tree just off one of Corkscrew’s fire plow lines. The nest tree is in the same area as the gopher tortoises and adjacent to where red-cockaded woodpeckers were observed earlier. Today, Mike Knight confirmed that this is an active nest. A single mature eagle head could be seen poking just above the nest this morning. While the nest is not directly visible to the public from our boardwalk (nor is it accessible to the general public), visitors will probably have a fairly clear view of adult birds going to/from the nest – best viewing locations would be the “Plume Hunters Camp” shelter north and along the main boardwalk that lies west of the nest site. But don’t worry about the details, just head on over, and the folks at Corkscrew will take good care of you.

Wood storks making whoopie at Corkscrew.

posted on January 13, 2009 in Birding,Corkscrew Swamp,Save Our Swamp

small-word-stork-line-artAs we have mentioned before, the wood storks have returned to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and they are indeed initiating nesting. Which is great news, especially¬† given that there was no nesting these past two years. If you would like to learn more about what’s going on over at Corkscrew, as well as pick up some interesting tidbits about wood storks, check out this excellent piece by Katy Bishop in today’s Naples Daily News.

Now showing: Wood storks at Corkscrew.

posted on January 6, 2009 in Birding,Corkscrew Swamp,Save Our Swamp

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After a two year absence, wood storks have initiated nesting at Corkscrew. Lots of wood storks. And they are visible through a spotting scope set up on a platform on the boardwalk. So please, do yourself a big favor and head on over to Corkscrew and witness the spectacle of this truly iconic bird’s return. Here’s a story about the return of the wood storks (sorry for the funky formatting, just scroll down), but due note, as of the time of its publication, the wood storks were not visible from the boardwalk. But they are now, and you should definitely make every effort to head on over to Corkscrew and check them out.

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