A very special Sanctuary

fullsizeoutput_30f9Are 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. imageI 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.IMG_3116Thankfully, 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).IMG_3847fullsizeoutput_319b Today, Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is a serene and tranquil place to stroll and immerse yourself in the peace and quiet. fullsizeoutput_3195And if the birds are not as plentiful on a hot summer day, there are still many beautiful flowers blooming in the swamp~!fullsizeoutput_310bFor 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!!fullsizeoutput_30f6Click HERE for more info about the acquisition and development of Corkscrew Swamp by the Audubon Society.

16 thoughts on “A very special Sanctuary

  1. Great post on the plume history, with a thankful outcome of success in its ban. Gorgeous photos, Carol! I jumped over to Corkscrew Audubon website and KNOW I’d very much enjoy visiting this place! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Donna! Yes, I’m sure you’d love visiting Corkscrew. It’s a beautiful sanctuary. As you walk along, you can’t help but sense the respect visitors have for the birds and reverence for the serenity of the place. I hope you get there one day ☺️

  2. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary looks wonderful. It’s interesting to learn a little about the sad history of the use of feathers in the millinery industry years ago.

    • It’s amazing to think that the wholesale slaughter of beautiful wading birds was acceptable in the world of fashion only a century ago.
      Come to think of it, there are frightening parallels in the 21st century fashion industry with the deplorable treatment of factory workers in faraway lands today!

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