Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition
Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, and photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr. trekked from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Forest in southern Georgia. The trio traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds and participating working farms and ranches, which comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.
The team documented its journey through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks, and a host of activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus produced a film about the expedition and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
|Join the trio on their expedition through audio and video reports available below. . All Reports are made possible by our production sponsor, The Mosaic Company.|
by WUSF News Reporter, Steve Newborn.
A group of four explorers spent 100 days walking and kayaking the length of Florida, from the tip of the Everglades to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Their mission – to publicize the need to connect the state’s remaining wild areas into a continuous corridor. WUSF’s Steve Newborn followed their 1,000-mile journey, and brings you some snapshots from the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.
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They kayaked, biked and hiked 1,000 miles in 100 days last year through the heart of natural Florida. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is now ready to show the world what they encountered. On Sunday, March 3, the premiere of their one-hour documentary will be held outside the Tampa Bay History Center. Florida Matters' Steve Newborn caught up with expedition leader Carlton Ward Jr. of Tampa and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus recently at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales for a preview of what we can expect to see.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition crossed the finish line nearly 100 days after setting off in the Everglades on a 1,000-mile journey to the Georgia state line. Their goal - inspiring the creation of a permanent unbroken wildlife corridor.
Wildlife photographer Carlton Ward Jr., filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus, bear biologist Joe Guthrie and conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt have wrapped up the traveling part of their Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition. Now, they have to make their vision a reality.
WUSF was one of the sponsors of the trip. Reporter Steve Newborn has been following the group since they left the tip of the Everglades. We chronicle the progress of the expedition, hear from the "Cowboy Poet" on a ranch in Central Florida, and talk with the members about the highlights of the trip - and its future - as they paddle up the Suwanee River, near their final destination in Georgia's Okefenokee Swamp.
The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition is nearing the halfway mark of their trip up the length of Florida - 1,000 miles in 100 days. Their mission is to publicize the need to connect the state's disjointed wild areas into a continuous wildlife corridor. Carlton Ward Jr., Joe Guthrie, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt and Elam Stoltzfus discuss some of the surprises they found on the trip so far. Those include carrying 60-pound packs through the middle of palmetto patches - and how their preconceptions about the trip have jibed with the realities of traversing the length of Florida.
They're not just doing it to get their feet wet. It's called the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.
They're doing it to focus public attention on protecting connected wild areas to create a wildlife corridor from the Everglades to Georgia. Much of that corridor has been fragmented, leaving many animals vulnerable in much of their natural range.
They'll trek through the Shark Valley Slough, delve into the watery heart of the Everglades, skirt around Lake Okeechobee and slog up the Kissimmee River Valley.
The team will document the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports as well as daily updates on social media and digital networks.
We recently spoke with photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., documentary filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus and bear biologist Joe Guthrie as they prepared for the journey.
You can learn more about the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition by going to their web site.
|Reports on the progress of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will air on both WUSF 89.7 and WUSF TV. All Reports are made possible by our production sponsor, Mosaic.|