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Naples in Collier County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special?

National Natural Landmark

 
 
What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
1. What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? Marker
Inscription.  Bald cypress, the swamp and wood storks make this National Audubon Society sanctuary unique.

The source of storks
Wood storks come to Corkscrew Swamp during the dry months of winter and early spring. Here, in greater numbers than anywhere else in the United States, they mate, build nests and raise their young.

The storks spend the rest of the year scattered across the southeastern United States.

The largest remaining old-growth cypress forest.
Corkscrew swamp contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress in the world. Some of the trees here are 500 to 600 years old.

This stand was once only a part of the vast old-growth forest system found throughout the Big Cypress Swamp.

It all comes from rain.
Corkscrew Swamp is part of a freshwater swamp system that covers 315 square miles of southwest Florida. The system is fed solely by rain that falls throughout the watershed.

The water level is high or low depending on the season. In late spring, the swamp can be completely dry!

Named after the river
Early settlers named Corkscrew Swamp for the twisting,
What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, February 10, 2010
2. What Makes Corkscrew Swamp Special? Marker
turning path of the coastal river they traveled up in search of fresh water.

Today, the river is known as the Imperial River.

Sunrise over the swamp. [photo caption]
A wide angle lens captures three of the distinctive habitats that exist within the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary: Pine Flatwoods, Pond Cypress and Wet Prairie.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsHorticulture & ForestryParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the National Natural Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 26° 22.551′ N, 81° 36.235′ W. Marker is in Naples, Florida, in Collier County. Marker can be reached from Rookery Lane north of Sanctuary Road West, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the boardwalk approaching the Corkscrew Sanctuary Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 375 Sanctuary Road West, Naples FL 34120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Start of a Sanctuary (a few steps from this marker); Landmark Cypress № 12 — "Baker-Curry" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Landmark Cypress № 10 — "Dutcher" (approx. half a mile away); Landmark Cypress № 8 — "Asteenahoofa" (approx.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
3. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Marker
(mounted on large coquina stone near boardwalk entrance)
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
has been designated a
National
Natural Landmark

This site possesses exceptional value
as an illustration of the Nation's natural
heritage and contributes to a better
understanding of the environment
1964
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
half a mile away); Landmark Cypress № 4 — "Roosevelt" (approx. half a mile away); Landmark Cypress № 6 — "Guy Bradley" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Landmark Cypress № 7 — "Rhett Green" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Landmark Cypress № 3 — "Leopold" (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Naples.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
 
Also see . . .  Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. (Submitted on January 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
 
Visitor Wildlife Sightings Board image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
4. Visitor Wildlife Sightings Board
(located near beginning of swamp boardwalk)
Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
5. Corkscrew Swamp Boardwalk
(typical section of 2.5 mile cypress swamp boardwalk)
Little Corkscrew Island Memorial Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, March 26, 2014
6. Little Corkscrew Island Memorial Plaque
(located near boardwalk entrance)
This plaque commemorates
the gift of
Little Corkscrew Island
as the
Lenna Glackens Borton
Memorial Tract
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
National Audubon Society
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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