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Carlton Ward Jr. hikes along the Florida National Scenic Trail in the Withlacoochee State Forest earlier this year. The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition will traverse this area in October. Image courtesy of Carlton Ward Photography


The Journey Continues!

The Florida Wildlife Corridor integrates Florida’s leading conservation science with compelling fine art images and rich storytelling to raise awareness about the Corridor and the need to connect and protect it. The centerpiece of our awareness campaign is the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition.

On October 11, 2014 we begin a new 1000-mile leg of our Expedition, to highlight a wildlife corridor from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama, where our trek will conclude on December 20th.

We’ll document our journey the entire way, using social media to showcase imagery and reporting from the field. We’ll host a series of Saturday Trail Mixers, where followers can join the Expedition team and participate in our trek. We are committed to bringing the Florida Wildlife Corridor to life through our Expedition. Join us!

Why We Walk

  • Connecting, protect and restore corridors of conserved lands and waters essential for the survival of Florida’s diverse wildlife
  • Restoring and protecting our life-giving springs and rivers
  • Sustaining food production, economies and culture surrounding Gulf seafood harvests
  • Restoring longleaf pine forests while conserving farms, working lands and the communities they support

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September 22nd, 11:39 am

Countdown to Launch: Day 19

A White Egret on Shark River Slough, Everglades National Park. The feathers on this White Egret represent the number of days left until expedition launch! Help us recruit 19 new friends today!

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography
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September 22nd, 8:35 am

Happy 1st Day of Fall! On the autumnal equinox, the length of day and night are equal. We'll be experiencing shorter and shorter day lengths on our upcoming Expedition, #Glades2Gulf, which will finish just before the Winter Solstice! ... See MoreSee Less

September 21st, 10:00 am

Countdown to Launch: Day 20

A water lily spreads its petals in the evening twilight. In 2012, the team traveled to the east side of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge near Folkston, Georgia to further explore the swamp. There are 20 petals to represent the number of days left until expedition launch.

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr./ Carlton Ward Photography
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September 20th, 10:00 am

Countdown to Launch: Day 21

The LeFils Ranch, on Highway 415, was recently protected in a perpetual conservation easement with Volusia County. Jim LeFils, a cattle rancher and forester, works with his father Donald to manage the ranch his family has owned for nearly a century. These trees represent the number of days left until expedition launch.

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How You Can Help

Many Paths to Support

Not everyone is up for a 70 day trek across the state, but there are lots of other ways for people to help. Tracking our progress online and sharing our mission through social media or word-of-mouth is a great start. Plan to join the team for a Saturday Trail Mixer this fall (see Events page). And of course, we need support through donations.

Donations

All donations to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition are tax-deductible and go directly to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition public awareness campaign.

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Social Media

Help spread the word about the 2014 Expedition and the Corridor. Just check out our Facebook page and give us a ‘like’ to track our progress, get updates and see great videos and photography from the wild side of Florida.

Trail Mixers

The First Annual Trail Mixer will be held September 25, 2014 at the Tampa Bay Automobile Museum in Pinellas Park. Click here to register! Once the 2014 Expedition commences, our team will hold Saturday Trail Mixers to meet up with friends, media and others. This is a great opportunity to connect with your local park, forest, or wildlife refuge by hiking or paddling a leg of the Expedition, ask questions and build a community of support around the Florida Wildlife Corridor.