Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

February 2024 Newsletter

Photo by FWCF Photography Intern Ethan Coyle

February may be the shortest month, but we made the most of it through events, partnerships, advocacy, and the arts.

In partnership with Wildpath and Conservation Florida, we held an unforgettable celebration for Florida Wildlife Corridor Day at the Florida State Capitol on February 12. Legislative leaders and conservationists from across the state joined forces to emphasize the critical need to permanently connect, protect, and restore the Florida Wildlife Corridor.

Wild Space Gallery also opened our new exhibit, Timeless: Art, Science and Nature at Archbold Biological Station. The exhibition festivities included a children’s workshop and artist talk with Kirsten Hines and there are two additional events planned for March.

We’re so grateful to the Florida State Fair for hosting the homecoming of the You Are Here exhibit earlier this month. We loved hearing all the feedback about the thousands of daily visitors who got to experience the exhibit.

Enjoy the updates from the field this month and if you’re in High Springs area, be sure to check out this opportunity to see Home Waters under the stars!

In Connection,

Mallory Dimmitt
Florida Wildlife Corridor Foundation

Florida Wildlife Corridor Day

(Left to right) Carlton Ward Jr., Traci Deen, Secretary of Environmental Protection Shawn Hamilton, Representative Keith Truenow, Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, Mallory Dimmitt, Senator Jason Brodeur, Representative David Smith. Photo by Alex Freeze.

This month a resolution was signed to reaffirm the importance of the Florida Wildlife Corridor and its significant environmental, cultural, economic and tourism value as a unique natural resource and officially recognize February 12, 2024, as Florida Wildlife Corridor Day!

Twenty mission-aligned organizations from across the state came together at the Florida State Capitol for the inaugural Florida Wildlife Corridor Day. We celebrated all the Corridor does for Floridians, human and wildlife, and the partners and legislators who are working hard to permanently protect and restore this 18-million-acre landscape.

The goal of connecting, protecting and restoring the 18-million-acre Florida Wildlife Corridor can only be achieved through the efforts of partners all over Florida, working to conserve lands that, if lost, could sever sections of the Corridor forever. The Corridor movement is all about collaboration. Together, we can keep Florida wild.

“You Are Here” Traveling Photography Exhibit

Our wonderful staff had the chance to visit our You Are Here photography exhibit at the Florida State Fair this month!

You Are Here showcases iconic landscapes of the Corridor, from the Everglades up through working lands, wildlife underpasses, and into Florida’s gorgeous springs and forests through the work of eight renowned conservation photographers including Carlton Ward Jr. After a year at the Florida House on Capitol Hill, the exhibit is traveling around the state through 2025. Stay tuned for upcoming locations!

Free Teacher Toolkit from the Everglades Literacy Program

Photo by Carlton Ward Jr.

The Everglades Literacy Program provides a free, online PreK-12 Teacher Toolkit and comprehensive Everglades lesson plans that align to the State Academic Standards.

The Everglades makes up the Southernmost stretch of the Florida Wildlife Corridor. This threatened ecosystem provides the daily water supply for 9 million Floridians, contributes billions of dollars to Florida’s economy and provides recreational and educational opportunities for millions of visitors from all over the world. Cultivating an understanding of the importance of wild Florida to the next generation is a crucial step in protecting the wild spaces that sustain us.

New Exhibit Open at Wild Space Gallery

Sonja Pedersen

Timeless: Art, Science and Nature at Archbold Biological Station is now open through March 29, 2024, at Wild Space Gallery at the Factory St Pete.

Included are images by scientists who leverage their artistic skills to further their research, and compositions by artists who access scientific knowledge in their aesthetic investigations. Media include painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, music, video, and installation by Dustin Angell, Reed Bowman, Mark Deyrup, Mollie Doctrow, Michele Oka Doner, Maria Eisner, Thomas Eisner, Evelyn Gaiser, Deborah Mitchell, and Kristy Sullivan. Short videos stories from two of the artists, Mollie Doctrow and Dustin Angell, linked below!

Catch a special feature about the exhibit on WEDU Arts Plus on Thursday March,14 at 8:30PM. WEDU Arts Plus is a weekly arts and culture series produced by WEDU PBS. It is devoted to telling stories of the individuals and cultural organizations that make West Central Florida’s Cultural Coast such a vibrant region. You can watch the gallery feature and many more anytime, anywhere on the free PBS App.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous support of Bradley S. and Marta E. Pollitt and Family. Curated by Noel Smith.

You can see the exhibit for yourself at Wild Space Gallery through March 24th. The gallery is open to the public every Wednesday – Friday from 2-6pm and Saturdays from 2-8pm. Hours are extended until 9pm for Second Saturday Artwalk.

Aista Sall

This month we had a blast hosting a children’s art and science workshop led by Archbold Biological Station’s Director of Education, Dustin Angell. In March, you can join us for a two-part speaker series with Archbold Biological Station’s Executive Director and CEO, Hilary Swain, Ph.D., and Emeritus Research Biologist of Entomology, Mark Deyrup, Ph.D.

Learn more about the Art of Archbold and the Florida Wildlife Corridor Full (part 1 & 2) events and get free tickets below

February Stories from the Feild

Ethan Coyle

On the north end of Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park lies the La Chua Trail, where all kinds of local wildlife congregate in mass. FWCF Photography Intern, Ethan Coyle shares his experience exploring the La Chua Trail in the latest photo essay up on our blog! Featuring gators, snail kites, egrets and more of your favorite native species.

Ethan Coyle

Home Waters Screening!

Florida is home to the world’s largest concentration of freshwater springs. The Florida Humanities Gathering in High Springs, Florida this March will draw on the humanities to explore these precious natural wonders. Scholars, artists, environmentalists, authors and historians will convene throughout the weekend for talks, tours and interactive activities.

Our Collaborative Conservation Manager, Alex Freeze, will be hosting a film screening and panel discussion of our Spring to Shore expedition film, “Home Waters,” at the High Springs Gathering on Saturday March 16 at 8pm.

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