Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples FL is an Audubon offers visitors a 2.25-mile boardwalk that meanders through pine flatwood, wet prairie, around a marsh and into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America.
The Corkscrew Swamp is also home to hundreds of alligators, otters, deer and turtles, and a wide variety of birds can be seen throughout the year.
At the Western Everglades Research Center, Dr. Shawn Clem and her team of Audubon technicians, interns and volunteers collect data across the sanctuary past the boardwalk, trying to get a finger on the pulse of the swamp. The trail camera monitoring program, started in 2013 with 10 cameras, continues today with 17 cameras positioned in pre-restoration, restored and natural habitats.
Primarily installed to monitor medium-size mammal populations, the cameras have captured photos of opossums, raccoons, rabbits, skunks, armadillos, squirrels, foxes, coyotes, otters, bobcats, deer, bears, hogs and panthers. Clem and her team also collect data on the ground birds, wading birds, hawks, owls, ducks, reptiles and amphibians that trigger the cameras. The staff enjoys sharing unique, adorable, and goofy animals captured by the trail cameras in the “Trailcam Tuesday” feature on the sanctuary Facebook page.