COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. -- Audubon's Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary has become the first wetland in the southern United States to be recognized as a Wetland of Distinction by the Society of Wetland Scientists.
"We're honored to receive this international recognition," said Research Director Dr. Shawn Clem.
The Society of Wetland Scientists noted several of Corkscrew's exemplary ecosystem services, including aquifer recharge, flood storage, carbon storage, and water quality improvement, in addition to community services like recreation, education, and aesthetic value.
They also highlight the important role the Sanctuary plays as habitat for endangered species, including Wood Storks, Florida Panthers, Florida Bonneted Bats, and several species of orchids.
The Sanctuary, located in Collier County northeast of Naples, has received many national and international accolades in its 65 years under Audubon stewardship, including being named a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, an Important Birding Area, a National Natural Landmark, and a gateway to the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.