Are you familiar with the infamous plume trade that supplied the millinery industry just over 100 years ago? This sign at the entrance to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, near Naples, Florida, provides a glimpse into the history behind this practice . . . and, this incredible place. I cringe to think about it, but literally millions of beautiful wetland birds, like those pictured here, were slaughtered (many, nearly to extinction) in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s – just so their stunning plumage could adorn the hats of fashionable, wealthy women.Read more in this 2018 Audubon article and on Wikipedia, Plume hunting.Thankfully, the advocacy efforts of a group of women eventually led to an end to the plume trade in the U.S., to the establishment of the Audubon Society, and eventually to the historic Migratory Bird Treaty Act over a century ago (Smithsonian Magazine). Today, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a serene and tranquil place to stroll and immerse yourself in the peace and quiet. And if the birds are not as plentiful on a hot summer day, there are still many beautiful flowers blooming in the swamp~!For more details about the history of this gentle, pristine wilderness, and its continuing relationship with the National Audubon Society, visit their website: Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Better yet, visit in person!!Click HERE for more info about the acquisition and development of Corkscrew Swamp by the Audubon Society.