Corkscrew likes to provide itssteadfast volunteers with a handful of field trip learning experiences through-out the winter months.In preparation for this coming sea-son, we’d like to hear where you wouldlike to go. Keep in mind distance trav-eled, time allotted, and cost.Field trips in previous years haveincluded Big Cypress (for Red-cockaded Woodpeckers), Corkscrewplant/wildflower walks, Fakahatchee(swamp walk), Fisheating Creek (ca-
Boardwalk Along the Along theBoardwalk
Input requested for new field trips
Quick ID Guide:
Two common orchard spiders found along the boardwalk
Two closely related species of or-chard spiders in the genus
arecommon along the boardwalk, espe-cially in the spring.There are about 180 named speciesin the genus
After nearly 10 years of planning,permitting, constructing, and inspect-ing, all phases of the Panther IslandMitigation Bank (PIMB) have beenapproved for transfer to Audubon andCorkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.Phases 3 and 4 total 418.95 acresof the total 2,778.15 bank area. Theselast two phases will add $224,136.25to the management endowment fund.Corkscrew has submitted a permitapplication for a 1,682 acre mitigationbank expansion on property acquiredthrough the land trade with the SouthFlorida Water Management District.
PIMB almost complete
Ghost Orchid ready
After resting up from a singlebloom in March, the Ghost Orchid hasdeveloped 8-10 buds that were firstseen during the third week in June
(see page 3 in this newsletter for more).
tropical parts of the world. They spinhorizontal orb webs and the spidershang in the center.The two found at Corkscrew aresimilar in size, make similar webs, andhang upside down in the centers of theirwebs, in the same position.They can be distinguished by thecolors and patterns on the undersidesof their abdomens, which face upwards.
(Venusta Or-chard Spider, or Mabel Orchard Spi-der),
has a greenish underside toits abdomen with bright orange mark-ings that can be U-shaped or just spots.Its cousin,
(nocommon name, hence No Name Or-chard Spider),
has a black un-derside to its abdomen with rows of white spots or short white lines. It ismuch less common than
Several Pale Grass Pink orchids (Calopogonpallidus) bloom in the pine flatwood
A Black-bellied Whistling Duck perches abovethe north lake early in the morning (June 8).
A Limpkin calls to its mate from a branch near the Barred Owl rain shelter (June 11).
noe trip),Wakodahatchee and STA-5(birding), Venice rookery (nestingbirds), Myakka River State Park, Rook-ery Bay (trawling trip), Oscar ShererState Park (scrub habitat), and LakeTrafford (airboat).Field trips can be to any of theselocales or to new ones. Please e-mailyour ideas and opinions to SamanthaFollis at firstname.lastname@example.org so yoursuggestions for planning volunteer fieldtrips for the 2010-2011 season can beconsidered.