To understand the history of this preserve, and how it came to be saved as a park, perhaps it is necessary to go back to 1886. An ornithologist, F.Chapman, counted 40 different native birds, or bird parts, decorating three-fourths of 700 women's hats in New York city. Outrage over the slaughter of those birds led to the founding of Audubon Societies in many states of our nation. Until that point in time plume hunters were quite active in Corkscrew Swamp. In the 1950s this swamp in the Everglades was also threatened by logging companies who wanted the old-growth cypress strand located here. Citizens formed the Corkscrew Cypress Rookery Association and, working with the Audubon Society, purchased what forest was left here. We received a lot of this information at the visitor's center, our first stop before hiking the 2.5 mile boardwalk through the swamp. Outside of the center we saw a red bellied woodpecker at a feeding station.