Audubon Florida News

Corkscrew Swamp Is Teeming

posted on March 30, 2009 in Birds in the News,Corkscrew Swamp,Save Our Swamp


“Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary’s lettuce lake crackled early Monday with unmelodious croaks and squawks as dozens of wading birds gorged on a feast of fish and invertebrates.

Many of the usual long-legged suspects were enjoying the best foraging in three years: white ibises, great egrets, snowy egrets, black-crowned night herons, Louisiana herons, little blue herons, roseate spoonbills and, most significantly, endangered wood storks.

Anhingas and alligators also participated in the lettuce lake feast.

“This is as good as it gets, right here, right now,” sanctuary volunteer Paul Carney said. “People walk in here and think the water’s too low, but it’s exactly right. You can tell by the feeding frenzy.”

Wading bird activity at Corkscrew and throughout Southwest Florida depends entirely on water, and for two years, the area didn’t have any.”

Continue reading the Corkscrew story at

Also, read Naples News’ A rare sight: Wood storks, other wading birds enjoy feeding frenzy at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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