About the Expeditions

The 2015 Glades to Gulf expedition team hikes through the Green Swamp on the Florida National Scenic Trail. Photo ©Carlton Ward

The Journey Continues

The Florida Wildlife Corridor is a statewide vision to keep Florida wild by integrating Florida’s leading conservation science with compelling storytelling to raise awareness about the Corridor and the need to connect and protect it.

Our Expeditions in 2012 and 2015  laid the foundation for this work with a robust media campaign to share the Corridor concept and vision.

During the first expedition, 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. 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.

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A Weekly Perspective

Video Shorts by Joe Davenport

We invite you to enjoy these three videos filmed during the Expedition. Each portrays a unique and distinctive view of reasons to help protect the corridor “for the health of people, wildlife, and watersheds.”

Florida’s Beautiful but Inhospitable Springs

Beautiful Springs
March 6, 2015 – Manatee Springs no longer has the resources to support its namesake. The once abundant eel grass and other aquatic vegetation are now overrun by algae. Still beautiful, but with lower diversity of life.

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Inside a Third-Generation Oysterman’s Tough Trade

Florida Oysterman
April 10, 2015 – Kendall Schoelles is the third generation of his family to earn their living from oysters in Apalachicola Bay. He knows what affects the mollusks and, even though the oil didn’t reach the Bay, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill had an impact the oyster beds here.

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Frog-Licking and Other Florida Wonders

Gopher Frog
May 28, 2015 – Florida herpetologist Bruce Means highlights some of the many animal species that rely on Florida’s few remaining longleaf pine ecosystems.
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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.

Get your copies today at these outlets:
Live Oak Productions Commerce Store (DVD and Book)
Barnes and Noble (Book)
Amazon.com (Book)

Or view it right now on Vimeo’s On Demand page. Rent is $4.99 and to buy is $12.99.

Expedition products

You can now share the experiences of 1000 miles in 100 days! Purchase the documentary DVD or book online today.

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