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Ed Carlson retires from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

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 Ed Carlson's sports a big dog shirt during his retirement celebration at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.

Photo by WILLIAM DESHAZER, Naples Daily News

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Ed Carlson's sports a big dog shirt during his retirement celebration at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.

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 Ed Carlson's sports a big dog shirt during his retirement celebration at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Ed Carlson, right, Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary,talks with visitors Ed Babin, 94, of Naples, and his granddaughter, Jenna Hoffman, of Nantucket, Mass., on Friday June 21, 2012.
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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary director Ed Carlson, 62, second from right, embraces his friends, Brenda Brooks, center, and Deb Hanson, right, during his retirement celebration in June. Mike Bauer, left, and Carlson’s wife, Jo Ann, look on.
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 Friends line up to congratulate Ed Carlson on his retirement during a party at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Ed Carlson's sports a big dog shirt during his retirement celebration at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah congratulates Ed Carlson on his retirement during a farewell party at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Former Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah congratulates Ed Carlson on his retirement during a farewell party at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Friends line up to congratulate Ed Carlson on his retirement during a party at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012.
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 Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary director, Ed Carlson, 62, second from right, embraces his friends, Brenda Brooks, middle, Executive Director of Crew Land and Water Trust, and Deb Hanson, Environment Education Specialist with the Crew Land and Water Trust, while Mike Bauer, Natural Resource Manager for the City of Naples, left, and Jo Ann Carlson, Ed Calson's wife look on during his retirement celebration at Corkscrew Sanctuary on Friday June 29, 2012. Carlson is retiring from the place he has worked ever since the age of 18.
  • Ed Carlson, Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary poses for a portrait on Friday June 21, 2012.
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 Ed Carlson, Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary poses for a portrait on Friday June 21, 2012.
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Ed Carlson, right, then-director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, talks with visitors Ed Babin, of Naples, and his granddaughter, Jenna Hoffman, of Nantucket, Mass., in June.
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Ed Carlson, Director of Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, strolls down the boardwalk in the sanctuary in June.
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Nicholas Petrucci’s portrait of Ed Carlson shows him as one of the original Guardians of the Everglades.

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