The Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary & Blair Audubon Center is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. It is a 13,000 acre preserve that holds the largest amount of Old Growth Bald Cypress Trees in North America. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s logging companies cut down and milled the trees for their lumber which were sought after for their sturdiness and resistance to rot and infestation by insects. The lumber was used for railroad ties, shingles for homes, planks for buildings, decks for ships and many other purposes. Finally in 1954 a concerned group of citizens, conservationists and the Audubon Society came together, raised money and purchased the 13,000 tract of land which is composed of swamps, wet prairies, Pine Flatwoods and a unique collection of birds, animals and trees that were endangered. During my walk through the swamp and forest on the boardwalk I saw and took pictures of White Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Anhingas, Barred Owl, and a pair of bright red birds which I could not identify. I have never been to a refuge or park where I was surrounded by so many birds. I will create a gallery of pictures in another post to show the landscape, birds, alligators and bald cypress trees that I saw during my visit. I was also impressed with the handicapped accessibility of the sanctuary and boardwalk. I have added a TripAdvisor review of the sanctuary for people wanting to get reviews and opinions of visitors to the park.