Raccoon on the boardwalk
The Blair Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located in southwest Florida, north of Naples, Florida in the United States. The sanctuary was established to protect one of the largest remaining stands of Bald Cypress and Pond Cypress in North America from extensive logging.
The National Audubon Society accepted responsibility for management and started constructing the first boardwalk through the swamp in 1955. Today a boardwalk of a little over 3 km provides walking access through (actually 'over') pine flatwoods, wet prairie, Pond cypress, Bald cypress, and marsh ecosystems within the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is an important breeding area for the endangered Wood Stork, and other wetland birds, and has good numbers of wintering passerines, including the Painted Bunting. Numerous wading bird species can be found in the wetlands of the sanctuary, including the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Tricolored Heron, Great Egret, and Snowy Egret.
American Alligators and Cottonmouth snakes, are also prevalent here.