About the Expeditions
The Journey Continues
The Florida Wildlife Corridor is a statewide vision to keep Florida wild by integrating 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 Expeditions.
On January 17, 2012 our first expedition, Everglades to Okeefenokee, laid the foundation for this work with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision. Bear biologist Joe Guthrie, conservationist Mallory Lykes Dimmitt, photojournalist Carlton Ward Jr., and filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus trekked 1000 miles for 100 days from the Everglades National Park toward Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia. The travelers traversed the wildlife habitats, watersheds, and participating working farms and ranches that comprise the Florida Wildlife Corridor opportunity area.
The team documented the corridor through photography, video streams, radio reports, daily updates on social media and digital networks (read Blog posts). They also organized a host of activities for reporters, landowners, celebrities, conservationists, politicians and other guests. Award-winning cinematographer Elam Stoltzfus documented the expedition to produce a film about the journey and the Florida Wildlife Corridor.
On January 10, 2015 we launched the Glades to Gulf Expedition, a second 1000-mile leg of the Corridor from Central Florida to the Gulf Coast, through the Big Bend, and across the Panhandle all the way to Alabama, where our trek concluded at the Gulf Islands National Seashore. We highlighted stories of ecological importance, including Longleaf Pine restoration and the health of the Gulf fishery, expanding the statewide corridor vision west to Alabama.
The journey was documented the entire way, using social media to showcase imagery and reporting from the field. We hosted a series of Saturday “Trail Mixers,” where the public was invited to join the Expedition team to participate in our trek.
Watch for the fall 2015 release of the Glades to Gulf Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition film!
Share the 2012 Experience: Own the Documentary DVD or Book
You can now experience the lessons learned on the 2012 expedition from the comfort of your own home. You will learn about wide-ranging wildlife like the Florida black bear and Florida panther and meet the gladesmen, cowboys and other heroes who work to protect the corridor for us all.
The DVD features a collection of stories and experiences woven together in a documentary format. It includes extra video stories and a music video. Produced by Elam Stoltzfus, featured on PBS TV.
The Book, Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition, Everglades to Okeefenokee: 1000 Miles in 100 Days, shares stunning photographs by Carlton Ward Jr and essays by fellow explorers to bring the story to life in vivid detail. Travel with them to discover the rivers, swamps, prairies, springs and forests, cattle ranchers, and timberlands.
Or view it right now on Vimeo’s On Demand page. Rent is $4.99 and to buy is $12.99.
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